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…Read more
“…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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