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Sean Noonan

Rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts with a pair of drum sticks original multi-stylistic music. His “wandering folk†theory captures the elusiveness of ever-evolving world music traditions and reorients them through his own distinctive lens, fusing his discoveries with influences from harmolodic jazz, bleeding-edge rock, and avant-garde classical music. Noonan’s wide-spectrum music combines the loquacity of an Irish bard, the narrative rhythms of Samuel Beckett, and the raw physicality of a street-smart boxer. An Irish-American drummer with a theatrical bent and a passion for African rhythms, Noonan’s nomadic muse has led Noonan in a wealth of unexpected directions, resulting in an explosion of unclassifiable releases and projects spanning more than 20 albums and hundreds of performances in over 15 countries, in premiere venues and international festivals as EFG London Jazz, Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, American Film Festival, Timezone Festival, Haldern Pop Festival, and Jazz Liege to name a few. Noonan settled in New York City in 1999, quickly integrating himself into the fruitful underground scene emerging from the famed Knitting Factory. He formed the notable jazz-punk trio THE HUB with bassist Tim Dahl where Noonan’s path was diverted four years later when a near-fatal car wreck in Italy led to a long period of recovery and a dedication to combining his two musical loves: jazz and African rhythms. That nomadic muse has led Noonan in a wealth of unexpected directions, resulting in producing over 20 dynamic albums featuring an incredible array of artists from across the musical map, including original singer Malcolm Mooney of CAN, (legendary krautrock band), Abdoulaye Diabaté (West African Griot), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits/John Zorn), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman/Carlos Santana), Susan McKeown (Joan Baez) The ensuing sonic wanderlust fueled a 2008 trek to Bamako, Mali, to gain a first-hand experience of West African griot traditions alongside Malian singer/guitarist Abdoulaye Diabaté. That trip culminated in the multi-cultural album Boxing Dreams, one manifestation of Noonan’s amorphous Afro-Celtic punk-jazz project Brewed By Noon. His approach can be heard at its most distilled on 2014’s Bruised By Noon, a solo drum and spoken word album that was just one part of a trilogy of head-spinningly diverse but interconnected albums released that year, along with In the Ring, a song cycle drawing inspiration from American experimentalists Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow that treated New York’s Momenta String Quartet as an extension of the drum set; and Pavees Dance: There’s Always the Night, a free-funk trio with legendary bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, a veteran of Ornette Coleman’s electric Prime Time band, and Lou Reed’s last guitarist, Aram Bajakian, performing songs by Noonan with lyrics by CAN original singer Malcolm Mooney. On the 2016 album release Memorable Sticks, Noonan adopts a magical scepter to dig the depths of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland revealing "Hidden Treasures", guarded by a ghost, Skarbnik, the treasurer of the Salt Mine. More at: Rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts with a pair of drum sticks original multi-stylistic music. His “wandering folk†theory captures the elusiveness of ever-evolving world music traditions and reorients them through his own distinctive lens, fusing his discoveries with influences from harmolodic jazz, bleeding-edge rock, and avant-garde classical music. Noonan’s wide-spectrum music combines the loquacity of an Irish bard, the narrative rhythms of Samuel Beckett, and the raw physicality of a street-smart boxer. An Irish-American drummer with a theatrical bent and a passion for African rhythms, Noonan’s nomadic muse has led Noonan in a wealth of unexpected directions, resulting in an explosion of unclassifiable releases and projects spanning more than 20 albums and hundreds of performances in over 15 countries, in premiere venues and international festivals as EFG London Jazz, Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival, American Film Festival, Timezone Festival, Haldern Pop Festival, and Jazz Liege to name a few. Noonan settled in New York City in 1999, quickly integrating himself into the fruitful underground scene emerging from the famed Knitting Factory. He formed the notable jazz-punk trio THE HUB with bassist Tim Dahl where Noonan’s path was diverted four years later when a near-fatal car wreck in Italy led to a long period of recovery and a dedication to combining his two musical loves: jazz and African rhythms. That nomadic muse has led Noonan in a wealth of unexpected directions, resulting in producing over 20 dynamic albums featuring an incredible array of artists from across the musical map, including original singer Malcolm Mooney of CAN, (legendary krautrock band), Abdoulaye Diabaté (West African Griot), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits/John Zorn), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman/Carlos Santana), Susan McKeown (Joan Baez) The ensuing sonic wanderlust fueled a 2008 trek to Bamako, Mali, to gain a first-hand experience of West African griot traditions alongside Malian singer/guitarist Abdoulaye Diabaté. That trip culminated in the multi-cultural album Boxing Dreams, one manifestation of Noonan’s amorphous Afro-Celtic punk-jazz project Brewed By Noon. His approach can be heard at its most distilled on 2014’s Bruised By Noon, a solo drum and spoken word album that was just one part of a trilogy of head-spinningly diverse but interconnected albums released that year, along with In the Ring, a song cycle drawing inspiration from American experimentalists Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow that treated New York’s Momenta String Quartet as an extension of the drum set; and Pavees Dance: There’s Always the Night, a free-funk trio with legendary bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma, a veteran of Ornette Coleman’s electric Prime Time band, and Lou Reed’s last guitarist, Aram Bajakian, performing songs by Noonan with lyrics by CAN original singer Malcolm Mooney. On the 2016 album release Memorable Sticks, Noonan adopts a magical scepter to dig the depths of the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Poland revealing "Hidden Treasures", guarded by a ghost, Skarbnik, the treasurer of the Salt Mine.

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