RHYTHMIC STORYTELLING FROM BEHIND THE DRUM KIT
Independence might be the ruling concept of this drummer/leader’s career. It defines a common relationship not only among his hands, feet, and voice, but between his art and almost everything else in drumland". Modern Drummer Magazine
As high concept as it may be in theory, Bruised by Noon is still a solo drum work, albeit one by an artist who consistently strives to expand the boundaries of Noonan’s wide-spectrum music, which combines the eloquence of an Irish bard, the narrative rhythms of Samuel Beckett, and the raw physicality of a street-smart boxer. Deeply inspired by American rhythm experimentalists Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow, Sean’s evolving drum language and varied compositional interests, and his inclination to stir diverse elements together into something wildly imaginative often turns out to be unexpectedly coherent.
Noonan is invited to the UNCOOL - Artists in Residence in Switzerland in May 2019 and will create a new solo project work, "Anatomical Extensions" a 45 minute solo comprovisation/performance piece that is narrated behind an Electro-Acoustic Drum set and later released to the public as a DVD and promotional tour.
Noonan’s sponsorship by Sensory Percussion allows him to utilizes an interactive electro-acoustic drum set with the use of contact microphones and software for a extreme use of textures and timbre ranges. The musical structure is presented through a series of “Improv Bouts” where the 4 limbs are being mapped out in real time and processed with electronic percussion through various tempered and untempered 12 tone techniques. Wearing costumes and special effects makeup, the performance piece takes place inside a cage narrating an original storyline influenced by Samuel Beckett’s theatre of absurd.