Sebastian Noelle

New York City based guitarist Sebastian Noelle has been performing with his group on a regular basis. Being an active member of the city’s multi-faceted creative music scene, he regularly performs at the 55 Bar, Cornelia Street Café, Kavehaz, Detour and CBGB’s Gallery. He recently signed with the prestigious European jazz label FreshSound-NewTalent. His new CD “Across The River” will be released in March 2006.

Sebastian Noelle’s performance experiences include concerts at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz Festival, and tours in Holland, Germany, Japan and Slovakia.

Noelle’s compositions are often rhythmically intricate, drawing from the elaborate harmonic language of modern jazz and classical music and enriched by Middle Eastern, Asian and South American folk music. In his improvisations he tends to move away from the traditional ‘soloist plus rhythm section’ concept. He often uses open textures to create space for interaction between the players. Above all, the logical development of the melodic material derived from the compositions is always a priority.

His quartet consists of Donny McCaslin (Maria Schneider Orchestra, Dave Douglas Quintet) on tenor saxophone, Ari Hoenig (Kenny Werner Trio) on drums, Ben Street (Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, Danilo Perez Trio) on double bass and himself on guitar.

His melodic playing can be heard to advantage throughout his latest CD “Secret Sound Nation” (2004, Nolimit Records), which showcases original compositions exclusively. Among his former recordings are “Freedom Trail” (2001) featuring a quartet with his mentor John Abercrombie and “Home Is Where The Heart Wants To Go” (2001), an acoustic guitar album with duo partner Gene Bertoncini.

As a sideman Sebastian Noelle has performed with Chris Cheek, JoAnne Brackeen, Lewis Nash, Mulgrew Miller, Bob Moses, Ingrid Jensen, Maria Schneider, Joel Frahm, Bobby Shew, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ted Poor, John Hollenbeck and Tony Moreno. He is a member of the BMI Composer’s Workshop Orchestra, conducted by Mike Abene and Jim McNeely.

His original compositions include works for big band, string quartets, solo guitar, voice, and small jazz ensembles and have been performed extensively in the U.S. and Europe.

Education: BA in jazz performance and composition (Hochschule für Musik in Mannheim, Germany), MA with Distinction in Performance (New England Conservatory, Boston, MA)
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