Norman Meehan is a New Zealand pianist and composer. His music is currently focused on song settings of poetry in projects he pursues collaboratively with New Zealand vocalist Hannah Griffin. Their work has traversed the poetry of North American poet E. E. Cummings, and New Zealand poets Hone Tuwhare, James K. Baxter, Eileen Duggan, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell and David Mitchell. The primary focus of their work in recent years has been an active collaboration with New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate, Bill Manhire. Their recordings have been released by Rattle Records and Victoria University Press.
In 2012 Bill, Hannah, Norman and multi-instrumentalist Colin Hemmingsen performed in Germany and Austria as part of the New Zealand delegation to the Frankfurt Book Fair. They have performed in concerts and festivals around New Zealand.
Norman teaches critical papers in the Bachelor of Contemporary Music programme at Massey University in Wellington, but the bulk of his time is dedicated to music and writing. He is the author of New Zealand Jazz Life (VUP, 2016), Serious Fun: The Life and Music of Mike Nock (VUP, 2010) and Conversations with Paul Bley (Berkeley Hills, 2003).
Current projects include a song cycle of riddles and charms written by Bill Manhire, and published in March 2017, Tell Me My Name; and a new setting of the Eucharist service with Michael Stewart of St Paul’s Cathedral, Wellington. He recently released a trio recording with saxophonist Hayden Chisholm and bassist Paul Dyne: Unwind (Rattle, 2017). Norman lives with his family in Wellington.