Rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts with a pair of drum sticks original multi-stylistic American music. The treasures that he finds along the way are filtered through his distinctive vision to become the unpredictable and far-ranging sounds 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.
An Irish-American drummer with a theatrical bent and a passion for African rhythms, Noonan’s excursions are both geographical, taking him to far-flung corners of the world to study cultural and conceptual traditions as he explores the outer limits of music to soak in harmolodic jazz, bleeding-edge rock or avant-garde classical influences. His “wandering folk” theory captures the elusiveness of ever-evolving world music traditions and reorients them through his own particular lens.
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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
Encapsulating a kaleidoscope of styles, in fact far too many to mention, the constantly changing and evolving canvas on which Noonan paints his wonderful musical landscape make it fascinating and a joy to listen to. Bebopspokenhere
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
You think this might be boring? C’mon man, relax, this is Sean Noonan…it’s like nothing else out there. Something Else!S