Sean Noonan Pavees Dance featuring Malcolm Mooney
In 2014, premieres a new collaboration, Sean Noonan Pavees Dance featuring Malcolm Mooney, original singer from CAN. In Pavees Dance, 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 raw material, not only from drumming, but in all of his music. Together with Aram Bajakian, his alter ego, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, mutant bassist from Ornette Coleman's Primetime, they track down Malcolm Mooney, the original Can singer (back to "Monster Movie"). The latter remains famous for having been the shooting-star voice, half Soul, half psychedelic, of one of the more influential experimental Rock bands in History. Jamaaladeen Tacuma perhaps best known for his albums as bandleader on the Gramavision label and for his work with Ornette Coleman during the 1970s and 1980s (particularly in Coleman's Prime Time band). Jamaaladeen's 1988 album Jukebox was nominated for a Grammy Award. Aram Bajakian has performed/recorded with rock legend Lou Reed, Grammy winners Diana Krall and Yusef Lateef, saxophonist John Zorn.
"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
A Gambler's HandAfter over 30 concerts in 8 countries performing in major festivals, cinemas, private events on their first Fall 2013 European Tour, A Gambler's Hand will tour and premiere new works and modern opera by Sean Noonan in 2014! with Polish Quartet: Adam Roszkowski, Maciej Afanasjew violin Magda Małecka, viola Jan Roszkowski, cello, Sean Noonan drum set, composer, storytelling
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 such as Henry Cowell, Conlon Nancarrow, and John Zorn. At any particular moment, rock grooves lock with insistent string ostinatos, which then morph into spiky counterpoint reminiscent of Bartok. 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, not only from drumming, but in all of his music. Noonan narrates his tales from the drum set as if Irish playwright Samuel Beckett was drumming himself.
"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?" Rif Raf (BE)-Bootsie
"Sean Noonan is never boring ... this is starkly original music that is different from Noonan’s previous starkly original music." Britt Robson-Jazz Times
In 1999 Sean Noonan first emerged as the drummer of The HUB becoming a part of the next generation of cutting edge music from the Brooklyn underground. Since the birth of Brewed by Noon, Noonan has created original musical concepts from Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz to composing downtown avant-garde chamber music and improvising off stories from the drum set, in the fashion of an "Irish griot. Noonan has produced over 17 albums in his diverse projects that travel from New York and beyond featuring artists such as Malcolm Mooney (original singer CAN), Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, and Abdoulaye Diabate to name a few.