Sean Noonan Pavees Dance feat. Malcolm Mooney

by Sean Noonan Jamaaladeen Tacuma Aram Bajakian Malcolm Mooney

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Pavees Dance: There’s Always the Night, is composer, drummer, storyteller, and producer Sean Noonan's latest endeavor to cook up a distinctive brew of original compositions with a selection of lyrics by Noonan and the infamous singer, poet and visual artist Malcolm Mooney, who draws from his earlier years with Can to the present.

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 informs not only his drumming, but the entirety of the music he creates; as if Samuel Beckett played the drums.

Joining Noonan and Mooney are Aram Bajakian, Lou Reed's last guitarist, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma, the free funk prophet/bassist from Ornette Coleman's Primetime. Noonan has joined forces with Mooney, the original singer for the late 60s /early 70’s German rock band Can, who is known for his striking vocal style, half soul, half psychedelic, which served to define the sound of what has been cited as one of the more influential experimental rock bands of all time. Since leaving the band in 1970, Mooney has primarily devoted himself to poetry, sculpture and teaching. His return to music is one of many beautiful gifts the "Irish griot" brings to listeners.


released June 3, 2014

Sean Noonan Malcolm Mooney Jamaaladeen Tacuma Aram Bajakian mastered by Simon Kummer recorded at Atlantic Recording Sound



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Sean Noonan | drummer, composer, storyteller

In 1999 Sean Noonan first emerged as the drummer of The HUB becoming a part of the next generation of cutting edge music from the Brooklyn underground. Since the birth of Brewed by Noon, Noonan has created original musical concepts from Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz to composing downtown avant-garde chamber music and improvising off stories from the drum set, in the fashion of an "Irish griot. ... more

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Track Name: Sean Noonan featuring Malcolm Mooney - Man on the Moon
Noonan began composing all the Pavees Dance pieces soon after returning from his journey and shared only song titles and general themes with Mooney, who he still had not meet. “We communicated through exchanging poems and artwork that we were inspired by. For me the compositional process was a synesthesia-like experience where this effect, along with extended metaphors, was a large part of the foundation for the intricate harmonic forms.” Noonan shaped melodies and adapted lyrics from Mooney’s poems, a different approach from how he engaged with vocalists Abdoulaye Diabate and Susan McKeown on his 2007 and 2008 Songlines releases, Stories to Tell and Boxing Dreams, where the musicians communally created or improvised their own lyrics off specific themes.