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Sean Noonan’s “A Gambler’s Hand” Music for Drum Set and Double String Quartet featuring Momenta Quartet

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Celebrating the release of his third album, drummer/composer Sean Noonan will perform a string quartet and drum percussion suite at Roulette. Combining jazz and rock, Noonan’s music tells the story of an Irish gambler who finds himself trapped inside of a wall, represented by a silent film that will premiere at the show. 

sean noonan August 28, 2012 at 03:16 AM
Full Lineup Announcement Sean Noonan Double String Quartet with The Momenta Quartet and Mat Maneri, Jason Kao Hwang, Tom Swafford, and David West On September 24, drummer/composer/storyteller Sean Noonan will celebrate the August 14 release of A Gambler’s Hand, his third release on Songlines Recordings, with a show at Roulette. A Gambler’s Hand, a suite for amplified/unamplified string quartet and drum kit/percussion, combines the aesthetics of downtown jazz/rock, improv and comprovisation with composition inspired by American experimentalists such as Cowell, Nancarrow and Zorn. At any particular moment, rock grooves might be locking with insistent string ostinatos, which then morph into spiky counterpoint reminiscent of Bartok. Delicate-harsh writing for the quartet is woven around Sean’s eclectic, lyrical and organic drumming in a highly original fusion. The music represents an original story by Noonan, an absurd, dreamlike tale of an Irish gambler who one day finds himself trapped inside a wall. Noonan will also narrate parts of the story between movements.

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