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Some recent reviews of “Tusk”

Tusk receives 4 stars in All About Jazz Italia! Here is the link for those of you who read Italian.. http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=9048

“Fascinating release from Sean Moran, whose nylon string guitar adds a bright element to this edgy modern jazz session. Music that takes odd angles and unexpected curves. With Chris Dingman on vibes, Harris Eisenstadt on drums, Mike McGinnis on woodwinds, Reuben Radding on bass, Moran has assembled a crew that knows how to navigate unconventional music. Highly recommended” (Dave Sumner, eMusic contributer)

“Sean Moran’s compositions and arrangements defy easy definitions or any labels; this is music of great imagination and intelligence, well worth exploring time and again for its creativity and the quality of the musicianship.” (Richard Kamins – Step Tempest) Read the full review here: http://steptempest.blogspot.com/2013/04/live-this-week-music-that-challenges.html

“Moran’s ability to conjure both subtlety and intensity from the nylon string guitar lends this album a profound sense of drama.  The haunting feel that populates the majority of this record perfectly frames Moran’s sound..” (NYC jazz record)

“Even grumpy nylon-string skeptics will get off on the rhythmically challenging and harmonically colorful tines of Tusk, the solo debut by guitarist Sean Moran” (The Village Voice)

Something Else Reviews – read the full review here http://somethingelsereviews.com/2013/03/26/sean-moran-small-elephant-band-tusk-2013/

Tusk receives 4 stars in the Free Jazz Blog – read the full review here http://www.freejazzblog.org/2013/02/guitar-week-composed-and-otherwise.html

 

“Forth” The Four Bags latest release is out!

You can buy the record from www.ncmeast.com
or Band Camp
Find us at www.thefourbags.com

Here’s what Nate Chinen from the NY Times says….

The confluence of post-bop, indie-rock and chamber music finds another good outlet in “Forth” (NCM), by the Four Bags. It’s an album of springy friction, its lineup consisting of Brian Drye’s trombone, Michael McGinnis’s clarinets, Jacob Garchik’s accordion and Sean Moran’s guitar. Every band member contributes at least one composition; there are also deft arrangements of songs from the Persian devotional realm, the Brazilian Forró canon and the catalog of the French electronic duo Air. Throughout the album the improvisation shifts easily from one musician to the next, and the rhythmic brio in the group obviates the need for a percussionist. Every now and then you hear the punchy click of the buttons on Mr. Moran’s effects pedals, and that turns out to be enough.

 

Upcoming Gigs

Past Gigs

July

Jul 14, 2014 @ 10pm

LIC bar
w/ Brian Adler's Helium Music Project

June

Jun 15, 2014 @ 9pm

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band
Why Not Experiment? Series Why Not Jazz Room

May

May 26, 2014 @ 8pm

BASSOON @ Death By Audio w/ Vomit Fist, Marateck, Child Bite
$7 cover. Child Bite is a touring act from Detroit! Vomit Fist is Nick Didkovsky shredding it up! BASSOOOOOOOOON! (Stuart Popejoy, John Mettam, Sean Moran)  

May 7, 2014 @ 8pm

John Mettam and Flying Home – the music of Benny Goodman
BARBES

April

Apr 27, 2014 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Why Not Experiment? Series Why Not Jazz Room

Apr 2, 2014 @ 8pm

Adam Schneit band
at SEEDs Adam Schneit, Eivind Opsvik, Vinnie Sperrazza, Sean Moran  

March

Mar 21, 2014 @ 8pm

John Mettam’s “Flying Home” – The Music of Benny Goodman
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Mar 20, 2014 @ 8pm

The Four Bags
BARBES

February

Feb 25, 2014 @ 10pm

Mike Mcginnis Spang a Lang
Korzo Konceptions Series w/Mike Mcginnis, Elias Bailey, Vinnie Sperrazza, Sean Moran

Feb 13, 2014 @ 8pm

The Four Bags
BARBES

January

Jan 23, 2014 @ 8pm

The Four Bags
BARBES (Brooklyn)

Jan 18, 2014 @ 2pm

The Four Bags
Chamber Music America Showcase Majestic Ballroom 5th Floor Westin Ny at Times Square

December

Dec 10, 2013 @ 9pm

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band
Korzo Konceptions Series

November

Nov 17, 2013 @ 3pm

The Four Bags
including a live performance with sculptures by Chico MacMurtrie Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation

October

Oct 13, 2013 @ 8pm

Mike Mcginnis “Angsudden Song Cycle” album release party
Roulette

September

Sep 13, 2013 @ 9pm

John Mettam’s “Flying Home”
at Jalopy playing the music of Benny Goodman

August

Aug 23, 2013 @ 8pm

diNMachine
at The Rockshop w/ New Beard

Aug 7, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
The Paper B0x

Aug 6, 2013 @ 10pm

Mike Mcginnis “Splang-a-Lang” trio w/ special guest Sean Moran
Korzo Konceptions Series with Mike Mcginnis, Elias Bailey, Vinnie Sperrazza, Sean Moran

July

Jul 18, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
at Leftfield

Jul 13, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
at Pianos

Jul 4, 2013 @ 8pm

diNMachine
Paper box

Jul 3, 2013 @ 8pm

Adam Schneit Band
Barbes

June

Jun 13, 2013 @ 10pm

Flying Home (music of Benny Goodman)
Barbes w/ John Mettam, Mike Mcginnis, Tom Beckham, Brian Drye, Jim Whitney

Jun 6, 2013 @ 8pm

diNMachine
BSP Lounge (with Liminal and Ben Neil)

May

May 10, 2013 @ 8pm

The Four Bags
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music

May 4, 2013 @ 3pm

diNMachine
at MoMA - with film by Ken Jacobs

April

Apr 30, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
Alphabet Lounge

Apr 22, 2013 @ 8pm

Adam Schneit band
Sycamore

Apr 14, 2013 @ 3pm

The Four Bags
Annual Alec Wilder concert at Christ and St. Stephen's Church

Apr 12, 2013 @ 8pm

diNMachine
at the Firehouse Space diNMachine (Michael Schumacher, Sean Moran, Nisi Jacobs, Hari Ganglberger) also Ben Neill

Apr 7, 2013 @ 12am

diNMachine
The Bowery Electric

March

Mar 31, 2013 @ 7pm

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band “Tusk” Cd release!
Barbes

Mar 24, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
The Delancey

Mar 15, 2013 @ 9pm

diNMachine
Lit Lounge

Mar 7, 2013 @ 8pm

Shane Endsley “Cellar Door”
NJ Pilsnerhaus

February

Feb 15, 2013 @ 8pm

John Mettam’s “Flying Home” – the music of Benny Goodman
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Feb 8, 2013 @ 10pm

The Four Bags (w/Stew)
Barbes

Feb 7, 2013 @ 8pm

Shane Endsley “Cellar Door”
NJ Pilsnerhaus

January

Jan 25, 2013 @ 8pm

diNMachine (Michael Schumacher, Nisi Jacobs, Hari Ganglberger, Sean Moran)
Jack w/Isaac Peachin

Jan 14, 2013 @ 9pm

The Four Bags
Barbes

Jan 9, 2013 @ 8pm

Shane Endsley “Cellar Door”
NJ Pilsnerhaus w/Shane Endsley, Brian Drye, Matt Pavolka, Vinnie Sperrazza, S Moran

December

Dec 8, 2012 @ 11pm

Bassoon
at Jack

November

Nov 4, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Barbes

October

Oct 7, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Barbes

September

Sep 2, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Barbes

August

Aug 2, 2012 @ 7pm

Bassoon
Grand Victory

July

Jul 25, 2012 @ 10pm

Adam Schneit Band
at Seeds http://www.seedsbrooklyn.org/ w/ Adam Schneit, Zach Lober, George Schuller, Sean Moran

June

Jun 19, 2012 @ 11am

Mike Mcginnis “Angsudden Song Cycle” recording
Systems Two, Brooklyn NY

Jun 15, 2012 @ 7pm

Mike Mcginnis Angsudden Song Cycle
w/ mike mcginnis, sarah schoenbeck, jessica pavone, dan fabricatore, harris eisenstadt, sean moran, khabu young, kyoko kitamura

May

May 29, 2012 @ 9pm

The Soundbats (John Mettam, Briggan Krauss, Sean Moran)
Freddy's

May 11, 2012 @ 10pm

The Four Bags
Ibeam (part of the undead jazzfest)

May 2, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Barbes 10th anniversary celebration!

April

Apr 27, 2012 @ 8pm

Adam Schneit Band (w/Adam, Sean Moran, Dave Ambrosio, RJ Miller)
Douglass Street Music Collective

Apr 20, 2012 @ 9pm

John Mettam and Flying Home (the music of Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian)
Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture

Apr 17, 2012 @ 10pm

Sean Moran’s “Small Elephant”
Konceptions Music Series @ Korzo

Apr 9, 2012 @ 9pm

Duo with Aiden Carrol
The Castello Plan

March

Mar 17, 2012 @ 8pm

The Four Bags opening set for Stew!
Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle WA  

Mar 16, 2012 @ 9pm

The Four Bags
The Camellia Lounge, 510 NW 11th ave, Portland OR 97209

Mar 15, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
CMA Gallery, Seattle WA 98103

Mar 10, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
The Red Poppy Art House San Francisco, CA 94110

February

Feb 27, 2012 @ 8pm

Adam Schneit Band (w/Adam, George Schuller, Eivind Opsvik, Sean Moran)
Sycamore

Feb 18, 2012 @ 8pm

Bassoon
The Grand Victory

Feb 5, 2012 @ 7pm

The Four Bags
Culturefix

January

Jan 10, 2012 @ 8pm

The Four Bags (w/ Ches Smith, Father Figures)
The Cakeshop

Jan 5, 2012 @ 8pm

Bassoon + Seabrook Powerplant + Marika Hughes
The Rockshop


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diNMachine
The Paper Box

Audio

The Four Bags

Bassoon

Here are a few tracks from the new Bassoon release!

Go Forth Not

Flight of Hektor

Video

The Four Bags

New Promo Video by Jim Hoppin (2012)

Sean Moran’s “Small Elephant”

Discography

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diNMachine – Dance to Reason

Released Feb 2014

(yocto yotta recordings – Y-Y 111)

  • Michael Schumacher (composer, synths, piano, gtr)
  • Sean Moran (guitar)
  • Nisi Jacobs (bass)
  • Hari Ganglberger(drums)

produced by Bill Laswell and Michael Schumacher

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Mike Mcginnis – Angsudden Song Cycle

Released October 2013 (482 music)

  • Mike Mcginnis- Clarinets
  • Jason Kao Hwang- Viola
  • Sara Schoenbeck- Bassoon
  • Kyoko Kitamura- Voice
  • Sean Moran- Nylon string guitar
  • Khabu Doug Young - Cavaquino
  • Dan Fabricatore- Acoustic bass
  • Harris Eisenstadt - Drums/Vibraphone
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Sean Moran Small Elephant Band – Tusk

Released March 2013

(NCM 40136)

  • Sean Moran – Nylon string Guitar
  • Michael Mcginnis – Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
  • Chris Dingman – Vibraphone
  • Reuben Radding – Acoustic Bass
  • Harris Eisenstadt – Drums
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Bassoon

Released July 2012 PhaseFrame (PFM002)

  • Stuart Popejoy - Bass/Keyboards
  • Sean Moran - Guitar
  • John Mettam - Drums
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The Four Bags – ”Forth“

Released Oct 2011 (NCM40132)

  • Jacob Garchik – Accordion
  • Sean Moran – Guitar
  • Mike McGinnis – Saxophone, Clarinet
  • Brian Drye – Trombone
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Nick Kadajski’s 5 Point Perspective

self released 2009

  • Nick Kadajski – alto saxophone
  • Ben Cassorla – guitar
  • Sean Moran – guitar
  • Brad Maestas – electric bass
  • Brian Adler – drums
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The Four Bags – ”Live at Barbes“

Released Nov 2006 (NCM40127)

  • Brian Drye – Trombone
  • 
Jacob Garchik – Accordion
  • Sean Moran – Guitar
  • Mike McGinnis – Saxophone, Clarinet
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BIFT (Wildman, Glassmeyer, Moran) – “BIFT”

Released Jun 2004 (NCM40121)

  • Matt Glassmeyer – Saxophone, buzzaphone and misc. sounds
  • Sean Moran – Guitar
  • Jason Wildman – drums and percussion
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The Four Bags – ”Offshore“

Released Jun 2004 (NCM40122)

  • Mike McGinnis – Saxophone, Clarinet Brian Drye – Trombone
  • 
Tom Aldrich – Accordion
  • Sean Moran – Guitar
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Options/Ughi – “South of Brooklyn”

Released May 2003 – 577 records (577-4)

  • Matt Glassmeyer – tenor saxophone, misc. sounds
  • Nathan Hanson – tenor saxophone, electronics
  • Sean Moran – guitar
  • Dan Fabricatore – acoustic bass
  • Federico Ughi – drums
  • Daniel Carter – alto saxophone
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Twelve 20 Six – “Twelve 20 Six”

Released Feb 2002 (NCM 40114)

  • Sean Moran – Guitar
  • Brian Drye – Trombone
  • Dan Fabricatore – Acoustic Bass
  • Matt Glassmeyer – Tenor Saxophone, Misc. Sounds
  • Greg Joseph – Drums & Percussion
  • Lori Bingel – Tuba
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The Four Bags – “The Four Bags”

released March 2001 (NCM 40106)

  • Brian Drye – Trombone
  • Tom Aldrich – Accordion
  • Sean Moran – Guitar
  • Mike McGinnis – Saxophone, Clarinet

 

new recordings made pending release date:

diNMachine

Michael Schumacher’s electronic rock band

Produced by Bill Laswell

Some other recordings that I’m on

  • Andrew Thompson “I’m Not Likely to Change” Lewis Recordings 2009
  • K.Page and Sleepwalker’s Parade “Green City” Realpolitik Records 2006
  • One Ring Zero, “As Smart as We Are”  Soft Skull Press 2004
  • The Morpholinos“[For Background Use Only]” NCM East 2003 (NCM 40119)
  • One Ring Zero, “Memorandum”, Urban Geek Records 2002
  • Allison Tartaglia, “Ready” Make Haste Records, 2003
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild” – played guitar on the film soundtrack

Bio

About Sean Moran

Sean Moran is a guitarist and composer based in Brooklyn, NY.  He has performed at New York venues such as Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn, The Stone, BAM, Roulette, and Symphony Space as well as playing in Japan, Europe, and throughout the U.S.  His music has been featured on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” and “Spinning on Air”, as well as at Merkin Concert Hall.  He plays regularly with the chamber quartet “The Four Bags”, the avante metal trio “Bassoon”,  leads his own group “Small Elephant”, and performs with many other NYC based groups.

Hailed as “A forward thinking guitarist”(Chinen) by the NY Times, Sean has also performed and/or recorded in many groups featuring  a wide variety of artists including Jackie Cain, Briggan Krauss, Teo Macero, Ron Mclure, Stew, Daniel Carter, George Schuller, Federico Ughi, Earl Mcintyre, Michael J Schumacher, and Pamelia Kurstin among many others.  Sean has been a longtime faculty member of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, where he teaches composition, theory, counterpoint and jazz studies.

Press Quotes

(Sean Moran’s Small Elephant) Guitarist-Composer Sean Moran presents works inspired by both hectic fusion and dreamy chamber music..

Time Out NY

Edgy electric guitar improvisations…

Astarita – All About Jazz

Electric guitarist Sean Moran plays a critical role throughout, with his hard-laced solos blending a rock sensibility with a free aesthetic.

Loewy – All Music review of Federico Ughi’s “South of Brooklyn” 577 records

The group is a chamber ensemble making music in the era-defining category of the uncategorizable, its work a hybrid of jazz, classical, folk, and pop musics from around the world. Exuberant, virtuosic, and light-spirited, the Four Bags make smart music with a quiet, joyful intensity..I’m loving the group’s new CD, Forth

Hajdu – The New Republic

“What a strange lineup for a jazz quartet: trombone, accordion, guitar, and woodwinds. But what vibrant, compelling music. This is as hip as chamber jazz gets. To drive the point home the quartet even covers a song by the French electronic duo Air.”

Greenlee – Jazz’s top ten albums of 2011 – The Boston Globe

Guitarist Sean Moran, in particular, is a curious player who stands out even within such a curious group (The Four Bags). His electric playing seems to be informed largely by post-rock atmospherics (think delay, trem picking, all the rest) and classic film soundtracks (a little noir here, a little Morricone there) – it’s a daring fit within the accordion/clarinet/trombone/guitar schematic. At one point, the group segued from a classic French waltz into one of Moran’s own compositions, which featured a hilariously chug-y metallic breakdown fit for any number of contemporary hardcore groups to ransack.

Battik – Dispatch Magazine

Mr. Moran, a forward-thinking guitarist, focuses on his nylon-string and his own compositions in this new ensemble. (Small Elephant)

Chinen – NY Times

Pics

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Bands

Sean Moran Small Elephant Band

Sean Moran (nylon string),  Mike Mcginnis (clarinets), Chris Dingman (vibraphone), Reuben Radding (bass), Harris Eisenstadt (drums)

 

The Four Bags

Brian Drye (trombone), Sean Moran (guitar), Jacob Garchik (accordion), Mike Mcginnis (clarinet)

http://www.thefourbags.com/

 

Bassoon

Stuart Popejoy (keys/bass), John Mettam (drums), Sean Moran (guitar)

http://www.popejoy.org/bassoon

 

The Soundbats

Briggan Krauss (alto saxophone), John Mettam (drums), Sean Moran (guitar)

 

Sean Moran & Dan Fabricatore

Improvised duets for nylon string guitar and acoustic bass

 

Mike Mcginnis “Angsudden Song Cycle”

Mike Mcginnis (clarinet), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Jessica Pavone (viola), Harris Eisenstadt (percussion), Kyoko Kitamura (voice), Sean Moran (nylon string), Khabu Doug Young (cavaquinho), Dan Fabricatore (bass)

 

Adam Schneit Band

Adam Schneit (tenor saxophone), George Schuller (drums), Eivind Opsvik/Dave Ambrosio (bass), Sean Moran (guitar)

 

Nick Kadajski “Five Point Perspective”

Nick Kadajski (alto saxophone), Brian Adler (drums), Bob Lanzetti (guitar), Sean Moran (guitar), Brad Maestas (bass)

 

Guitar Trio – 3 classical guitars

Steve Blum (nylon string), John Bruschini (nylon string), Sean Moran (nylon string)

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