“…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

Drummer/composer Sean Noonan sees himself as a modern-day sonic griot. In the spirit of those traveling African storytellers, Noonan wanders the world gathering stories, legends, and folklore like a punk-jazz Alan Lomax. 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.

Over the course of 19 albums and hundreds of performances around the world, Noonan has worked with an incredible array of artists including Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Susan McKeown, and Can’s Malcolm Mooney.

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Zappanation Compositional Process 

Since last Spring when I worked on how to conceive my next project Zappanation, a large ensemble rock opera, the compositional process has evolved through many separate but connected developmental stages such as how the form and libretto dictate the duration of time, rhythm and use of space.  The 13 musicians in the ensemble and combination of different choirs from the various different instruments allow for so many textures and unique characteristics. As a result the band allows for almost a sense of…

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Memorable Sticks are Limitless 

Memorable Sticks Spring 2016 Tour has had many limitless moments in my electric trio configuration with Johnny Richards and Michael Bardon
March tour and there will be more shows this month

Some translations from Germany review

>>> Noonan offers pictures for any mind ("Kopfkino"), no matter if you are a jazz fan or not...."
(Moosburger Zeitung, March 12, 2016)

>>> Jazz punk drummer Sean Noonan does not have any limits, at least not in his imagination. He does not stop at any pain barrier. Yet he is a master of…Read more

Memorable Sticks Trio 2016 Album Release February 27, 2016 (Release date Poland)  Podcast

Memorable Sticks Trio with Alex Marcelo piano Peter Bitenc bass

The Immortal Rod is a symbol of power and authority in the salt mine, and is always in the Foreman's possession. When the miners chip away at a wall of salt, the clatter of their pickaxes resounds from wall to wall, from floor to ceiling and, finding no outlet, soaks into the saline bedrock.  The mine's walls remember everything – the voices of people, as well as horses. The memories residing in the walls can be awakened, upon being struck by…

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Fall 2015 Drums in 4 unique rhythmic configurations 


From Sept to Nov I will perform in 4 unique rhythmic configurations drums with string quartet, drums with keyboard trio, drums with harmonic trio and drums with me.  First I will kick off the tour in London with A Gambler's Hand that will feature London based Ligeti Quartet and later heading to alternative music Incubate festival in Tilburg Sept 17. 

Shortly after I will be in a barn with the Pavees Dance Electric Trio at the Alternative Harvest Festival in Kirbymoorside collaboration for the first time…

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