A GAMBLERS HAND

STRING QUARTET

SEAN NOONAN

NEW YORK - POLISH COLLABORATION:

Sean Noonan - Drum set, composer, storyteller

Adam Roszkowski - Violin

 

Maciej Afanasjew - Violin

 

Magda Małecka - Viola


Jan Roszkowski - Cello

    A Gambler's Hand is a suite for amplified string quartet and drum kit/percussion combines the aesthetics of downtown jazz/rock, improv, and storytelling with a 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, haunting tale of an Irish gambler whom one day finds himself trapped inside a wall. The work presents the composer's ongoing interest in folklore and the work of playwright Samuel Beckett. In the performance, Noonan narrates the surreal tale from the drum set.

Creative Chamber, Jazz, Rock, Storytelling, Improvised New Music.

Sean Noonan

A New York - based drummer and composer. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. In Poland, he is best known for Brewed by Noon and The Hub. He is closely connected to the underground music scene of Brooklyn. His work is strongly influenced by experimental jazz, contemporary music, hip hop, rock, and metal. His music is characteristic for its combination of rhythm and melody with selective sound. It is a mixture of punk, prog-rock, psychedelic, and world music. Sean Noonan released 17 albums and cooperated with artists such as Marc Ribot, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Abdoulaye Diabate, Susan McKeown of Klezmatics, Jason Hwang, Kirk Knuffke, Mat Maneri and Momenta Quartet.

Adam Roszkowski

He graduated from the Academy of Music in Białystok and the Royal Conservatory in Brussels. He studied violin in the class of professor Adam Korniszewski and professor Tadeusz Gadzina and composition in the class of professor Ronald Zollman. Adam Roszkowski is the artistic director and the creator of Klasik Mjuzik Festival. He is the vice president of ART-S.O.S. Foundation which supports young artists. He is also concertmaster of the Chamber Orchestra BruSolistes in Brussels. He is passionate about jazz and improvised music. He cooperates with musicians of the alternative scene of New York, Sean Noonan and Alexis Marcello.

Maciej Afanasjew

He is a violinist, a composer, and a teacher. He graduated from the Academy of Music in Katowice where he studied jazz violin and composition in the jazz and pop music department. He works on Feliks Nowowiejski Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz and on Stanisław Moniuszko Academy of Music in Gdańsk. He cooperated with artists such as K. Herdzin, C. Konrad, J. Główczewski, P. Biskupski, K. Szymanowski. He performed in Europe and China. He is a member and a founder of Maciej Afanasjew Quartet, De Pasion, The Plodders, Kanaanczy Play & Pray. He composes music for big bands and some of his compositions were performed in Carnegie Hall during the New York Wind Band Festival.

Magdalena Małecka - Wippich

She received music and literary education. She graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where she studied viola. She also studied on Witold Lutosławski Conservatory in Kraków, Jagiellonian University and Laboratoarium Dramatu in Warsaw. In 2004 she founded the Opium String Quartet which recorded three albums. She received a nomination for Fryderyk award for a debut album. She also recorded for labels such as CD Accord, DUX, Albany Records UD, Raum Klang, Acte Prealable. She performed in all of Europe, in China, Canada, and the USA.

Jan Roszkowski

He is a cellist and a composer. Currently, he works in the USA. He regularly performs with his brother Adam Roszkowski. He graduated from Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw where he studied in the class of professor Kazimierz Michalik. He is the holder of Hans & Klara Bauer Scholarship and the Fulbright scholarship. In May 2012 he graduated from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied cello with David Geber, jazz improvisation with Joan Stiles and composition with Mark Stambaugh. He recorded for Polish Radio and Television, Radio BIS and recording labels such as DUX and Kayax.

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