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.
That nomadic muse has led Noonan in a wealth of unexpected directions, resulting in an explosion of dynamic releases and projects spanning more than 19 albums and hundreds of performances in more than a dozen countries, including such international festivals as Timezone Festival, EFG London Jazz, Bergen Natt Jazz, Incubate and Jazz Liege. He’s worked with an incredible array of artists from across the literal and musical map, including Abdoulaye Diabaté, Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Susan McKeown, and Can’s Malcolm Mooney.
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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