Drummer and composer Sean Noonan has long preferred the term Rhythmic Storyteller to describe his audacious, genre-defiant artistry. As a modern-day sonic griot he combines the most ancient of traditions with forward-seeking experimentation; as a kind of post-modern wandering minstrel he gathers irreverent folk tales and offbeat inspirations from various cultures and translates them through his own singular worldview.
"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
Really excited to announce BOURNE WILLBERG NOONAN with Matthew Bourne (keys) Otto Willberg (bass) Friday 27th October, 2023 at London’s Jazzlive at the Crypt!
Also performing October 25 at The Queens Head in Monmouth
October 26th at St. Stephen's Church in Bristol BOOK TICKETS HERE
BOURNE WILLBERG NOONAN debut trio which melds the extraordinary skills of Matthew Bourne (keys) and Otto Willberg (bass). Their collaboration ignited during the premiere of "Bartalk," a genre-defying monodrama for Speaking Drummer and Large Ensemble in April 2022 at our St. Giles' Church, seamlessly blending new music, free improvisation, and rhythmic storytelling.
Matthew Bourne, a fearless and unpredictable pianist and keyboardist, possesses a burning passion for crafting music from unconventional sources, often breathing life into old and broken instruments, tracing back to his innovative experiments, such as teaching himself piano by tossing confectionery into a school instrument.
Otto Willberg, a London-based double bass virtuoso, defies musical categorisation through avant-garde collaborations, sound spatial exploration, and a diverse range of performances, making his sonic journey a captivating, multifaceted odyssey.