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Deep within the Forest

Emily Sheppard (violin) and Anne Norman (shakuhachi)

An intimate evening of contemporary and contemplative music and eco-poetry
"Spending time listening in wilderness areas, learning from nature, inspires new ways to play our instruments, incorporating our voices and spoken word."
“It was very moving and evocative. I was easily transported to an experience within the Tarkine: trees swaying; ash around me… The music brought the images within the poetry to life… There was an overwhelming sense of this precious life always morphing and changing… I was very touched.” Hania Watt
“It was beautiful how you moved around the space, it gave us a sense of being in the forest. I had my eyes closed most of the time, but I was watching the instruments as well… I was curious – I wanted to see how you produced that sound … the vibrancy of the instruments. It was phenomenal.” Anne Bliss
“The best performance of any genre of music I have ever heard in my life. Outstanding. Moving.” Alexandra Chernov
“Anne’s last show at Down to Earth was thoroughly entertaining, filled with humour and deep musicality.” Antje Janssen


Down to Earth Coffee and Tea House
308 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill, Vic 3068

Venue open from 6pm for a 7pm start. Come early for a hearty lentil vegetable soup (GF VG) for $13. Or stay on for tea & cake afterwards… No food or drink served during the performance. If you’d like to learn about the creative process and listening to wilderness, chat with the performers afterwards. (Food and drink not included in the ticket price)

TICKETS bought through TryBooking are discounted. If you buy on the night... it costs more.

TRYbooking: $25/$20. ON the NIGHT: $30/$25 cash

SEATS are limited, so do yourself (and us) a favour, book ahead.

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Performer Bios
Emily Sheppard – violin, viola
Emily studied at Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), and her teachers have included Miwako Abe, Adam Chalabi and Peter Tanfield. She has played as soloist with Orchestra Victoria and the ANAM Orchestra and is a casual member with the Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria. Emily has a particular passion for improvisation, both on her instrument and in life. She plays in the string duo, the Eureka Ensemble, touring regional Australia, performing in schools and giving workshops in improvisation. In 2015 Emily performed in the resonant underground tunnels in Darwin with shakuhachi player Anne Norman, described as ‘enchanting and transformative’ (Will Tinapple, Director of ABC Open: Top End).  Emily has collaborated with Paul Kelly; Katie Noonan; Michael Kieran Harvey... When not playing music, Emily likes dancing to it, and when she's had enough of that she goes hiking.
Anne Norman – shakuhachi, poet
Anne is a shakuhachi performer and composer, regularly touring and working as soloist and in collaboration with a diverse range of artists. Anne has performed in festivals in Australia, Japan, America and Europe. Anne studied flute at Melbourne Conservatorium and three lineages of shakuhachi (bamboo flute) in Japan, culminating in studies at Tokyo University of the Arts. Anne is Artistic Director of Tunnel Number Five: festival of underground music in Darwin, collaborating with songmen from Arnhem Land and chamber musicians from Darwin and across Australia. She is an eco-poet and story teller, and regularly performs in schools nationwide. Her shakuhachi music is featured on many CDs and film sound tracks.
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