Songlines Debut from NY-based Drummer Fuses Jazz-Punk, Rock, Blues with Celtic and West African Rhythms
Speaking of his Brewed by Noon project, which will release its new CD, Stories To Tell, on January 9, 2007, drummer Sean Noonan describes it as tribal rhythms by an Irish griot". My goal is to adapt folklore in a modern jazz context, merging storytelling and folk music from bardic and griot traditions."
On January 13, 2007 Sean Noonan will premiere the first of 12 new works commissioned by the American Composers Forum that feature; Susan McKeown and Abdoulaye Diabate-vocals, Marc Ribot and Aram Bajakian-guitar, Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Thierno Camara-bass, Mat Maneri-viola, and Sean Noonan-drumset.
This is a must see event!
Tickets: $18; Day of Show $20; Members $16; Students, Seniors $15; Children $10; Rush $10 call day of show for availability
Venue: Symphony Space Leonard Nimoy Thalia
2537 Broadway at 95th Street, NY
Showtime: Jan 13, 2007, 8:30pm
The stories that Sean tells with Brewed by Noon are as diverse as the musicians he has surrounded himself with for the project he expanded the core players who comprised Brewed by Noon's first incarnation as a quartet (guitarists Aram Bajakian and Jon Madof and Senegalese bassist Thierno Camara) with the addition of downtown jazzers like guitarist Marc Ribot and Mat Maneri on viola, as well as one of his teachers, percussionist Jim Pugliese, Malian vocalist Abdoulaye Diabate (who is also a member of Peter Apfelbaum & the NY Hieroglyphics), Irish gaelic folk/rock singer Susan McKeown, and classical and soul vocalist Dawn Padmore.
Stories To Tell features ten pieces that offer elements of blues, rock, soul, jazz and improv in various combinations, adding in Celtic and West African song-forms, lyrics, melodic content and instrumental approaches, but all transformed in the process of development. From the funky metaphoric love song to a Pineapple," to a fable about a lost baby elephant in Esspi," to the grinding out-rock/jazz interplay of Scabies," to the Irish/Malian duet Noonbrews,"? Stories to Tell kaleidoscopically refracts its participants cultures, talents and musical experiences into an ecstatic, intoxicating vision, one constantly supported by the energy and direction of Sean's drumming.
Sean's personal history has laid the foundation for his musical eclecticism. Born in Boston, he graduated from the Berklee College of Music and was one of the co-founders of The Hub, a trio whose punk-jazz earned them critical acclaim throughout Europe. While touring in Italy in 2003, Sean was in a car accident that nearly cost him his life and left him with two broken legs requiring several operations over two years, anchoring him to a wheelchair for months on end. As soon as he could move his legs, he was back playing drums, this time developing a new project that blended jazz-punk with West African folk music. He got together with Thierno Camara, an old friend in whose Waaw Band he(tm)d performed years earlier, to write some new tunes, and the resulting first Brewed by Noon CD was a quartet that also featured guitarist friends Aram Bajakian and Jon Madof was released independently in 2005. Jazz Review said Imagine Prime Time joined by Fela Kuti and Bill Frisell, then remixed by Bill Laswell, and you'll start to get a hint of just what an intoxicatingly soulful blast this is."
As are all Songlines releases, Stories To Tell is a hybrid SACD, creatively mixed to surround. Heard in this format, the often complex instrumental and vocal interplay stands out in great detail even as the listener is immersed in the music.