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Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz drummer, composer, and storyteller Sean Noonan describes himself as an 'Irish griot,’ one who collects tales, legends, and life stories over the course of his journeys and transforms them into the raw material that enlightens not only his drumming, but the entirety of the music he creates; narrating or improvising stories behind his drum set as if Samuel Beckett were on drums.  His recent release, Pavees Dance is a fermentation of soulful harmolodic rock consisting of lyrics by Malcolm Mooney (original singer of CAN) and free funk prophet Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman’s Primetime). 

"The drummer and composer Sean Noonan approaches postmodern jazz and world music from the same angle of self-discovery ....he manages to make his pieces speak coherently, and in a unified voice." The New York Times

"Menacingly surreal, often assaultive, a feast for fans of dark, challenging music…it’s a category unto itself – and one of the best in any style of music. Scary Stuff from Sean Noonan." Lucid Culture

Spring 2015 News!  

April 14 New Piano Trio album recorded with Alex Marcelo and Peter Bitenc recorded at Atlantic Recording Sound in Brooklyn.

On April 24 Noonan performs music to silent films at Filmoteka Narodowa Festival in Warsaw with A Gambler’s Hand

Sean Noonan Bruised by Noon Solo Drum Tour In Poland and Concerts with Special Guest Improvisers. Bruised by Noon,  travels through free jazz/improvised music in 11 „improv bouts” that are each musical chapters part of his original storytelling style.

May- Noonan Tours with Brooklyn Lager Trio Tour in Germany, Austria, UK, Sweden, and Norway with Harry Saltzman sax Norbert Buerger guitar

June - Brooklyn Lager records new album to be released in 2016!

Coming this Autumn Pavees Dance Electric Trio on tour  

The "Irish Griot" drummer composer tours this Autumn repertoire from 2014 Release: Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night plus selections from his upcoming album release “Memorable Sticks”

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Pavees Dance Electric Trio (soulful harmolodic funk/punk jazz) is the next chapter in Brooklyn based drummer Sean Noonan Pavees Dance series which is a fermentation of soulful harmolodic funk/punk jazz which consist of lyrics by Malcolm Mooney (original singer of CAN) to the drum-n-bass grooves of Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman’s Primetime) to Punk Riffs of Aram Bajakian and even a twist of free jazz from pianist Alex Marcelo from Yusef Lateef.  

Pavees Dance Electric Trio is also a direct decedent of “Born to Brew” 2012 collaboration with analog virtuoso Matthew Bourne that will continue to explore Psychedelic shape-shifting improvisations, stories of minimalism and intoxication that wander through dense soundscapes. Like if Cecil Taylor and Samuel Beckett were out on a night of romance and in quest of a good bar fight.
 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2015 DRUMMER COMPOSER STORYTELLER SEAN NOONAN FEATURED AT INCUBATE FESTIVAL (NL) WITH A GAMBLER'S HAND STRING BAND! Podcast

The "Irish Griot" composer will present works from his 2015 "In the Ring" Song Cycle Series and Suites from 2012 "A Gambler's Hand" album and soon coming  “Skarbnik Suites”, joined with the London based Ligeti Quartet

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A Gamblers Hand, are suites for amplified string quartet, drum kit/percussion, and storytelling that presents the composers ongoing interest in treating the string quartet as an extension of the drum set. Noonan's inspirations combine the aesthetics of modern chamber music, improvised new music, storytelling, and American experimentalists Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow.  At any particular moment, punk jazz grooves lock with insistent string ostinatos, which then morph into spiky counterpoint reminiscent of Bartok.  Noonan narrates his tales from the drum set as if Irish playwright Samuel Beckett was drumming himself. Performing repertoire from his 2015 lyric photo CD Book "In the Ring",  a collection of song cycles that together tell a story about the transformation of a man who get tickled by a sunbeam on a mountain top.  As a result of his adventures, he loses his shadow, and the only way to get it back is to challenge it to a round of shadow boxing. In addition is a sneak preview to the "Skarbnik Suites," that dig deep to the depths of the salt mines of Silesia (Poland) to tell modern adaptations of the stories about the Polish mythological legend Skarbnik, who is the treasurer of all mines and Noonan's thoroughly modern musical take on this myth is told in diverse styles of punked-up Mazurka to avant-garde improvised chamber music influenced by the Polish contemporary classical composer Henryk Gorecki.

 
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2014 News and trilogy album releases: Pavees Dance, In the Ring and Bruised by Noon Podcast

Fall 2014 News!

Noonan tours nine countries for over two months in promotions of his trilogy album releases.  In the Ring, the second album in his A Gambler's Hand series, a series of song cycles, was supported by an extensive European tour featuring the Gambler's Hand String Quartet for shows in the U.K. Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Poland, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Hungary

In addition In November Noonan composes and recorded in London “Skarbnik Suites,” that was premiered at the EFG London Jazz Festival that will dig deep to the depths of the salt mines of Silesia (Poland) to tell modern adapations of the stories about the Polish mythological legend Skarbnik, who is the treasurer of all mines and either punishes or protects miners from danger and possibly rewards the good ones. Noonan's thoroughly modern musical take on this myth is told in diverse styles of punked-up Mazurka to avant-garde improvised chamber music, incorporating jazz/rock, storytelling, and 20th century music styles influenced by the Polish contemporary classical composer Henryk Gorecki.

MAY 2014 NEWS

Album Release "Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night" Sean Noonan Unites Music, Storytelling, and the Visual Art of Malcolm Mooney on
Unique Limited Edition Print and Digital Book of Original Artwork and Poetry Available as Companion to Album Featuring Legendary Bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Shooting-Star Guitarist Aram Bajakian.  Released on May 30 at Bowery Electric, New York

Album Release "In the Ring", features Momenta String Quartet with the prolific drummer, composer and storyteller this time presents a collection of song cycles that together tell a story about the transformation of a man who get tickled by a sunbeam one morning on a mountain top, and who, as the story progresses, first transforms into a coyote, then into the Celtic mythological creature known as a Silkie, and eventually back into his human form.  As a result of his adventures, he has lost his shadow, and the only way to get it back is to challenge it to a round of shadow boxing In the Ring.
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Sep23

Pavees Dance Trio

Leeds, UK

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