Cellist, composer and improviser Helen Gillet crosses genres and moods by exploring deep funky grooves, electronic loops and her singing voice. Her music is inspired by Avantgarde Jazz, North Indian classical styles, French Chansons and Punkrock. Born in Belgium, Gillet has made her home in new Orleans since 2003.
Jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin. Performing her own eclectic mix of French, Contemporary Jazz, North Indian, Blues and Classical styles, Gillet has forged a path for the cello in the New Orleans music scene since her arrival in 2002, winning Best Female Performer (2014 Gambit Big Easy Awards), Best Mixed Bag (2012 Gambit Big Easy Awards) and Best Contemporary Jazz (2011 Gambit Big Easy Awards).
She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe. Beginning cello lessons at the age of nine, Gillet has taken her classical education all the way to a Master’s Degree (Beloit College ’00, Loyola University New Orleans ’04). Her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani vocal ragas in 1998, which launched her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and French chansons. Gillet has performed at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festival International (Lafayette, LA), Voodoo Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival and Hindsgavl Festival in Denmark, Mirano Oltre Festival in Italy, the Kennedy Center Center in Washington D.C. and MONA Mofo festival in Hobart, Tasmania.
Helen Gillet (US/BE) LIVE
Support: Els Vandeweyer – vibraphone, objects
West Germany | Skalitzer Strasse 133 in 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg
There are two more Berlin shows: June 15 at ‘Neue Nachbarn’, Schierkerstrasse 23 and June 16 at ‘Donau 115’, Donaustraße 115 in in Berlin/Neukölln. Helen Gillet is presented by www.mellowtown.de