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Shows at The Bowery Electric on May 30 and at the Lilypad on May 31 Will Introduce Music from Upcoming Album from Vanguard Composer, Storyteller, and Drummer Noonan, Featuring Original Can Vocalist 

Malcolm Mooney


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May 30, 2014

8:30 PM

The Bowery Electric

327 Bowery



May 31

7:00 - 10:00 PM

The Lilypad

1353 Inman Street

Cambridge, MA



"...clever, tuneful and celebratory - and more often than not, it just plain rocks." Time Out New York


Composer, storyteller drummer and producer Sean Noonan will mark the release of his latest musical brew, Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night, with performances in New York City and Boston. On May 30, Noonan, along with the band featured on the album - Aram Bajakian (Lou Reed's last guitarist), Jamaaladeen Tacuma (the free funk prophet/bassist from Ornette Coleman's Primetime), and infamous singer, poet and visual artist Malcolm Mooney - will perform at New York City's Bowery Electric. The quartet will be joined by keyboardist Alex Marcelo, who has performed frequently with Noonan's Brewed by Noon.  The band will take the stage at 9:45 PM.  Visit www.theboweryelectric.com for more information on tickets and the full night's lineup.


On May 31, Noonan will bring Bajakian, Mooney and Marcelo to the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA. The Boston area show is something of a homecoming for Noonan, who was born and raised in Brockton, and who attended the Berklee School of Music.  The Lilypad show is from 7 to 10 PM, and tickets are $20.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the club's website.


Pavees Dance
Pavees Dance "No Strings Attached" @ Sons d'Hiver


On June 3, Noonan will release Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night, his 19th release since 1999.  The album features six tracks of inspired spoken word performances layered over and entwined amongst the band's intricate instrumentals and is both an acknowledgment of the past and a bold foray into the future.




The composer and drummer 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. On Pavees Dance: There's Always the Night, Noonan has joined forces with Malcolm Mooney, the original singer for the late 60s /early 70's German rock band Can, who was known for his striking vocal style, half soul, half psychedelic, and 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.


The very nature of the musicians on the Pavees Dance lineup is testament to the melding of past and present into an inventive multi-generational experience. Tacuma and Mooney still embody the spirit of unbridled creativity that marked the late 1960s and early 1970s; Noonan and Bajakian, who are two generations younger and share a common place of inspiration (both grew up in 80's in Massachusetts, listening to Mozart, Beastie Boys and Michael Jackson), in partsculpted from the rough material created by their predecessors two decades earlier.


Noonan says, "Pavees Dance in some regards is a continuation of what Can was doing, incorporating strong minimalist, psychedelic, and world music elements, but instead this album wanders towards something like Ornette Coleman's Primetime dancing to Jimmy Hendrix dancing to Bartok dancing to Sun Ra."


Pavees are Irish Travelers, who, throughout history, have served as transmitters of culture, music and storytelling. Similar to gypsies, the nomadic Pavees have existed in Ireland since before the fifth century.  Noonan identifies with the Pavees as fellow artistic travelers whose musical journey explores the human condition and whose philosophy is based on the collection, creation and modern adaptation of poetry, music, and visual art. Known to be tinkers, Pavees are wandering craftsmen who bricolage new works froma diverse range of objects that happen to be available. That concept serves as a building point in Noonan's overall compositional process.


"I often utilize folk traditions from around the world to create original compositions using my coined term of a 'wandering' folk music theory, where original compositions are communally re-created using improvisation," he continues.


When he first heard the music for this latest recording in his head, Noonan imagined Pavees dancing to unstoppable rhythms, chanting, and singing from a stream of sub-conscious mind. "Just as Pavees have done for centuries, Pavees Dance traverses a vast musical and experiential landscape, traveling far and wide to transmit the greater truths of the story at heart." says Noonan


On the album, Noonan is Mooney's vocal dance partner, like a shadow, always following his lead, even at times his alter ego or his subconscious mind. Their passionate vocals are layered atop raw power-jamming jazz/rock guitars, funked and punked up drum and bass grooves, sounding as if "Andy Warhol and Animal from the Muppets and Keith Moon were out on a night of romance and in quest of a good bar fight."


Mooney's contributions to the project extend far beyond the vocals.  A celebrated artist whose work has been featured in some 50 solo and group exhibitions throughout the US, Mooney's painting, The Wedding Dance, is featured as the cover art for Pavees Dance.  In addition, thirteen additional paintings and drawings are included in a companion book, available separately. Those works, along with nine others, are featured in the companion book, which contains the lyrics to the album's six songs, 12 poems by Mooney and two additional poems by the award-winning journalist Marquita Pool-Eckert and Mooney's friend Lowell Henry.  In addition to a print version, it will also be available as an e-book containing the music from Pavees Dance.


Perhaps the best tribute to this innovative project comes from Pascal Bussy, author of the definitive biography of Can, who lauded it as "a musical journey full of poetry and magic, designed for the most curious ears and eyes."






In 1999 Sean Noonan first came to the public's attention as the drummer of The HUB, one of several bands that emerged as the next generation of cutting edge music from the Brooklyn underground scene. Since the birth of his band Brewed by Noon, Noonan has created original musical concepts from Afro-Celtic Punk-Jazz to composing downtown avant-garde chamber music and improvising stories from his drum set.


Noonan has produced 19 albums in a diverse career featuring fine artists such as Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Mat Maneri, Susan McKeown and Abdoulaye Diabate, and now, Malcolm Mooney.


As a composer, drummer, producer and storyteller, Noonan is unafraid to take risks with his creative output. He has developed distinctive concepts, such as working with an amplified string quartet on his 2012 Songlines release, A Gambler's Hand.  On that album, Noonan presented his ongoing interest in treating the strings as an extension of the drum set.  His inspirations combine the aesthetics of modern chamber music, improvised new music, storytelling and experimentalists ranging from Henry Cowell to John Zorn.


While A Gambler's Hand owes much of its inspiration to the string quartet tradition of Beethoven and Bartok in particular, Noonan's songwriting now, as it was then, is rooted in literature and folklore - ancient invocations, cautionary tales and psychedelic nightmares - collected from experience and various cultures and retold from the perspective of a 21st century Irish-American punk/jazz downtown New Yorker who'd fallen in love with storytelling and African music.




The original front man for the legendary experimental rock band Can, Malcolm Mooney began singing while in high school, joining an a cappella group called the Six Fifths. After gaining some renown as a New York sculptor, he set off to hitchhike around the world, and while in Paris met the four German members of the fledgling Can, joining them in 1968. He fronted the group on their 1969 debut, Monster Movie, after which he returned to the U.S., where he spent the next decades earning a considerable reputation as an artist and poet.


For additional information, visit www.noonansmusic.com.
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