“Memorable Sticks" is a reflection of how drummer/composer Sean Noonan sees himself, a modern-day sonic griot. In the spirit of those traveling African storytellers, Noonan wanders the world gathering stories, legends, and folklore like a punk-jazz Alan Lomax. The treasures that he finds along the way are filtered through his distinctive vision to become the unpredictable and far-ranging sounds of Noonan’s wide-spectrum music, which combines the eloquence of an Irish bard, the narrative rhythms of Samuel Beckett, and the raw physicality of a street-smart boxer. "Memorable Sticks”, available on For-tune Records, is an electric epic experience taking hold of funk punked-up jazz/new music utilizing Noonan's "wandering folk music” theory.
With “Memorable Sticks", Noonan adopts a magical scepter, The Immortal Rod (Wiekopomna Laska) to dig the depths of the Wieliczka underworld, revealing "Hidden Treasures" protected by the place’s treasurer, Skarbnik and an apparition, "White Lady Bieliczka”. Bieliczka appears with her Krasnolodki (dwarfs) in tears courting Noonan to carry her from the salt mine.
"The drummer and composer Sean Noonan approaches postmodern jazz and world music from the same angle of self-discovery ....he manages to make his pieces speak coherently, and in a unified voice." - The New York Times