Adam Nolan

Adam Nolan

Instrument: Saxophone | Location: Ireland

A fearless saxophonist. Brutally honest, explosive, very direct, raw and very spiritual.
—Saxophonist Ireland

Updated: June 26, 2021

Born: August 6, 1993

Adam Nolan is a free jazz saxophonist based in Ireland. In the past 3 years he has become known as one of the most fearless jazz musicians on the planet. Each album is completely concept based and 100 percent improvised. Striving to create new scenes and landscapes with a bold edge unlike anything currently on the scene. His authenticity comes from his modern approach with old school style concepts. A very interesting character and is completely in it for innovation and the desire for a new way of creativity to spread throughout the globe. He is the real deal.

Each show is completely different and all the music is 100 percent improvised, completely based on the energy of the environment and the audience. Perfect for festivals as the ever changing sound will never leave the listener bored. An adventure of a lifetime the world has been waiting for. Pure honest raw improvisation. Energy and meditation are the driving force in the philosophy and preparation for such mind blowing music.


Jazzahead Bursary 2021 by Culture Ireland and on the Irish Team with Improvised Music Company. 1/1 In Major Jazz Performance Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Institute 2016. Winner of Senior Saxophonist Competition Kilkenny Music Festival 2010.


”Kilkenny saxophonist Adam Nolan cut his improv teeth on the Parade outside Kilkenny Castle, developing a street-wise sound that combines Coltrane and free jazz with hip-hop, funk and psychedelia” - Cormac Larkin - The Irish Times

“His is a relentless artistic spirit, never doing the same thing twice, letting the music take the lead” - Martin Bridgeman - KCLR 96FM.

“Adam Nolan is a fearless saxophonist. I think that's the best Irish trio I know. It’s raw but honest and explosive but also very spiritual.” His latest work is raw and very direct and will take you to places that only this music can do

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Adam Nolan Albums