RHYTHMIC STORYTELLING FROM BEHIND THE DRUM KIT
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
As high concept as it may be in theory, Bruised by Noon is still a solo drum work, albeit one by an artist who consistently strives to expand the boundaries 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.
Coming 2022: 'Contraptions' is the next edition to Bruised by Noon
"Contraptions" is a new solo project for myself on augmented drum kit in which I will develop, record and tour live and online new works in 2022-23.
In May/June 2022, Noonan will perform Bartalk, a 23-hour solo percussion piece at an in-progress Dry Stone Wall Maze in England’s Dalby Forest. The piece will be filmed and edited, with elements serving as inspiration for new solo works. Read and Watch HERE