Sean Noonan with The Ligeti Quartet
Drummer and composer Sean Noonan has long preferred the term “Rhythmic Storyteller” to describe his audacious, genre-defiant artistry. As a modern-day 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 his own singular worldview.
The Ligeti Quartet will join Noonan for one of his most ambitious projects to date, the multi-media piece ‘Isolation’. Commissioned by the Arts Council of England, PRS for Music, and Forestry England, Isolation addresses the issue of solitary confinement — a long-held concern for the composer that has only come into sharper focus during the pandemic era. In March 2022, Noonan will perform a 23-hour solo percussion piece at an in-progress dry stone wall maze in England’s Dalby Forest. The piece will be filmed and edited, with elements serving as inspiration for a new composition, ‘Bartalk’, that Noonan will write for himself and the Ligeti Quartet to perform during a five-concert tour in April 2022.
Sean Noonan (compositions / voice / drums and percussion) Mandhira De Saram (violin) Patrick Dawkins (violin) Richard Jones (viola)
Valeria Welbanks (cello)