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Sean Noonan

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Rhythmic storyteller Sean Noonan composes and conducts with a pair of drum sticks original multi-stylistic American music. 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. An Irish-American drummer with a theatrical bent and a passion for African rhythms, Noonan’s excursions are both geographical, taking him to far-flung corners of the world to study cultural and conceptual traditions as he explores the outer limits of music to soak in harmolodic jazz, bleeding-edge rock or avant-garde classical influences

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Knott Tones

Label: Noonanmusic
Released: 2022
Track listing: Knott Tones; Coma; Wrinkles of Time; House of Donn; Arachnids

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz

Read "Jazz Meets Folk, Folk Meets Jazz" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


This show looks at some of the many cross-pollinations between jazz and folk music. There are jazz musicians like Dave Brubeck and Dave Douglas dabbling in folk forms and folk musicians like Pentangle and Dave Van Ronk exercising their jazz chops. There are also pieces based on folk musics outside of the usual Anglo-American axis.

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News: Recording

Drummer/Composer And Rhythmic Storyteller Sean Noonan To Release Two Imaginative New Albums In Early 2022

Drummer/Composer And Rhythmic Storyteller Sean Noonan To Release Two  Imaginative New Albums In Early 2022

Drummer and composer Sean Noonan has long preferred the term “Rhythmic Storyteller” to describe his audacious, genre-defiant artistry. As a modern-day self-described 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 ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More

Read "Quantum Trio, Baba Andrew Lamb & More" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


My music GPS keeps pointing to bassist Carlos Bica for riveting music. His new release I Am the Escaped One finds him heading in a different direction than the usual guitar trio. This time he's working with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe. The result is captivating. Bica is now living in Germany but ...

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The Aqua Diva

Label: noonansmusic
Released: 2018
Track listing: A Sunny Day; When My Band Goes With Me On The Road; As The World Spins Around Me; Butterflies Away; Don Knotts; Elijah Rocks; Smoking Man; The Aqua Diva; Where Would I Go; Make Her Great Again.

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Article: Album Review

Sean Noonan: The Aqua Diva

Read "The Aqua Diva" reviewed by Don Phipps


Surreal, comic, wistful, and whimsical, Sean Noonan's The Aqua Diva provides a unique journey into a world that is part Tom Waits, part Mose Allison, part Frank Zappa, and a whole lot of Sean Noonan. Noonan articulates and sings odd ditties and lyrics which introduce us to the Aqua Diva, Bubbles, the Smoking Man, and other ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Sean Noonan: Not Simply Beating a Dead Horse Drum

Read "Sean Noonan: Not Simply Beating a Dead Horse Drum" reviewed by Phillip Woolever


Composer and drummer Sean Noonan is an explorer, charting many edges of the compositional frontier. The term unique does not quite cover the range of his thoughtful, abstract approach to musical narrative.Edgy is often the operative theme in Noonan's repertoire, gleamed from studious sojourns to distant cultures and locales. Noonan's results take form in ...

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Man No Longer Me

Label: Haldern Pop Recordings
Released: 2017
Track listing: Man vs. Machine; Not I; Pussy Cat’s Gone Wild; Man No Longer Me; He Skarbnik He; Cupid’s Packing Heat; I Am Your Pineapple; Eat My Makeup; Queen of Kings; Lost in Guenter’s Wald; Bia.

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Article: Album Review

Sean Noonan: Man No Longer Me

Read "Man No Longer Me" reviewed by Matt Hooke


From the first bass notes of “Man Vs. Machine" the opening track from Sean Noonan's Man No Longer Me it's obvious that this isn't your average jazz fusion record. The Irish American Noonan combines West African rhythms, with jazz harmony, and the absurdist humor and attitude of Frank Zappa, making this release a welcome respite from ...


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