New works are currently being composed for this configuration such as Bartalk a 60 minute monodrama for speaking percussionist and string quartet to be concluded with a 23 hour durational solo concert installation.
Influenced by Samuel Beckett’s theatre of the absurd, I will take the position of the unknown inmate gradually succumbing to the effects of solitary confinement, articulated through a series of soliloquies. The text will be based on collected testimonials from inmates with experience of solitary confinement, giving the audience an insight into their metaphysical perception of time and exposing the psychological effects of these 23 hours of daily confinement. I will narrate the piece from behind a soundproof cell, completely isolated from the quartet and audience.
Developing techniques used in my 2012 piece, A Gambler’s Hand, I will use the quartet as an extension of my limbs, mapping out a polyrhythmic language on the drum set using Sensory Percussion that is later structured with collected tone rows (Alban Berg), multi-temporal rhythms (Conlon Nancarrow) and aleatoric comprovisation (John Cage/Zorn).
In the past the project has performed repertoire from "In the Ring" and the 2012 album "A Gambler's Hand" where 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.
Nate Chinen, New York Times - "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."
"Menacingly surreal, often assaultive, a feast for fans of dark, challenging music…it’s a category unto itself – and one of the best albums of 2012 in any style of music. Scary Stuff from Sean Noonan." Lucid Culture
"You think this might be boring? C’mon man, relax, this is Sean Noonan…it’s like nothing else out there." Something Else!S. Victor Aaron
"This is not the typical release but an experience. A dynamic and virtually flawless execution of art at an apex of creativity few can match." Brent Black @CriticalJazz
"Noonan strikes again conducting a string quartet with his drumsticks…like Bela Bartok french kissing with John Zorn. I wonder when the man finally will get some serious recognition in Culture loving Flanders?" Rifraf (BE)-Bootsie
"Sean Noonan is never boring…this is starkly original music that is different from Noonan’s previous starkly original music." Britt Robson-JazzTimes
“…it’s safe to say that you’ve never heard music like this before…will have you wondering why Sean Noonan isn’t a household
name.” – Mark Saleski, Blogcritics.org
Saleski’s comments can be read HERE