Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz drummer, composer, and storyteller Sean Noonan describes himself as an "Irish Griot" drummer
composer performs soulful harmolodic funk/punk jazz repertoire from 2014 Release: Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night
plus selections from his upcoming album release “Memorable Sticks” with Leeds based Rhythm Section from Shatner's
Bassoon: Johnny Richards - keys/electronics, Michael Bardon - bass/electronics
Pavees Dance Electric Trio is the next chapter in Brooklyn based drummer Sean Noonan Pavees Dance series which is a
fermentation of soulful harmolodic funk/punk jazz which consist of lyrics by Malcolm Mooney (original singer of CAN) to the
drum-n-bass grooves of Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman’s Primetime) to Punk Riffs of Aram Bajakian and even a twist
of free jazz from pianist Alex Marcelo from Yusef Lateef.
Pavees Dance Electric Trio is also a direct decedent of “Born to Brew” 2012 collaboration with analog virtuoso Matthew
Bourne that will continue to explore Psychedelic shape-shifting improvisations, stories of minimalism and intoxication that
wander through dense soundscapes. Like if Cecil Taylor and Samuel Beckett were out on a night of romance and in quest of a
good bar fight.
Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz drummer, composer, and storyteller Sean 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 that enlightens not
only his drumming, but the entirety of the music he creates; narrating and improvising stories from behind his drum set as if
Samuel Beckett were on drums. His recent release, Pavees Dance is a fermentation of soulful harmolodic rock consisting of
lyrics by Malcolm Mooney (original singer of CAN) and free funk prophet Jamaaladeen Tacuma (Ornette Coleman’s
In 2005 Noonan was awarded a commission from the American Composers Forum to premiere original works formulated by a
"wandering folk" theory that adapts and re-interpret folklore traditions from a modern perspective from diverse cultures. In
December 2008, with support from Meet the Composer, Noonan traveled with African musician Abdoulaye Diabate,
researching griot lore from Bamako, Mali, producing the album "Boxing Dreams" that merges Bardic (Irish) and Griot folk
(Malian) traditions. Thus helping coin Afro-Celtic punk-jazz, his "wandering folk" theory has led Noonan towards expressing
a more personal form of prose in his storytelling style.
"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?" Rifraf (BE)-Bootsie
Saleski’s comments apply equally towards A Gambler's Hand where Noonan composes music for string quartet as if its an
extension of the drum set uniting avant-garde jazz and classical forms where currently he is composing a set of 39 "Improv
Canons" and other works. Deeply inspired by American rhythm experimentalists Henry Cowell and Conlon Nancarrow,
Sean’s evolving drum language and varied compositional interests, and his inclination to stir diverse elements together into
something wildly imaginative often turns out to be unexpectedly coherent.
Nate Chinen, New York Times - "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."
"Menacingly surreal, often assaultive, a feast for fans of dark, challenging music…it’s a category unto itself – and one
of the best in any style of music. Scary Stuff from Sean Noonan." Lucid Culture
From Brockton, Massachusetts the “City of Champions” and Rocky Marciano, Noonan is a Berklee College graduate in Music
Education and Masters in Music Composition from the Aaron Copland Music School. In 1999 Sean Noonan first came to the
public’s attention as the drummer of The HUB, one of several underground bands that emerged from the Knitting Factory
scene. As with the jazz-punk trio THE HUB, Noonan formed a duo project (CHiPS) with Aram Bajakian and in 2003 after
recovering from a near-fatal car wreck in Italy Noonan decided his next project would combine his two musical loves of Jazz
and African rhythms.
Noonan has has performed over 500 concerts in over 15 countries in numerous prestigious venues, cinemas, theaters, jazz and
rock venues and international festivals such as London Jazz Festival, Bergen Natt Jazz , and Jazz Liege to name a few few. As a
producer, Noonan has independently released over 19 albums casting some of the finest musicians such as Marc Ribot,
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Susan McKeown, Abdoulaye Diabate, Malcolm Mooney, Aram Bajakian, Tim Dahl (The
HUB), Matthew Bourne, Kirk Knuffke, Momenta Quartet, Shanir Blumenkranz, Norbert Buerger, and Alex Marcelo.