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Noonward / Alex Ward & Sean Noonan – Album Release (1st show)

Line-up

Sean Noonan – drums / vocals

Alex Ward – clarinet / guitar

 

About

NOONWARD is the duo of Sean Noonan and Alex Ward, two composer/performers working at the intersections of rock, jazz, improvised music and contemporary classical composition. Their sound covers a wide and constantly surprising stylistic terrain, from explosive rock energy to subdued and evocative melodicism and bound together by the utter distinctiveness of the musicians’ instrumental approaches.

The pieces eschew head-solos-head predictability in favour of rich multi-part forms frequently carrying strong suggestions of an underlying narrative, to which Noonan’s vocal contributions on three pieces provide tantalisingly cryptic clues.

Alex Ward – Multi-instrumentalist British clarinet/guitarist (Thurston Moore Sonic Youth/Eugene Chadbourne/Derek Bailey)

Sean Noonan – “Rhythmic Storyteller” on drums/vocals (Noonan has performed and produced albums with many luminaries such as Marc Ribot, Malcolm Mooney (The Can), Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Abdoulaye Diabate, Ligeti Quartet, and Matthew Bourne)

“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

 

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