This year marks my first SOLO appearance at the 2014 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on Saturday May 3rd! And I have a really fun line-up of shows around town.
Hope to see you out there and happy Jazz Fest season!!
Sunday April 20th DBA 10pm Helen Gillet and the WAZOZO ZORCHESTRA – French Big Band w/ Doug Garrison (drums), Rex Gregory (flute, clarinet and melodica), Gregory Good (guitar) and Jon Gross (sousaphone) and Helen Gillet (cello, loops, vocals)
April 24th Chickie Wah Wah 9pm Solo Show + Helen Gillet James Singleton Duo + WAZOZO ZORCHESTRA featuring Rex Gregory, Derrick Freeman, Daron Douglas (violin) and Jon Gross (sousaphone)
April 27th Siberia 10pm Sweet Ghosts (Calexico) + The Deslondes + Helen Gillet
April 28th Bacchanal 7:30pm Helen Gillet and the Wazozo Zorchestra w/ special guest Mark Southerland on saxophones and “hose-a-phone,”
Wazozo Zorchestra includes Doug Garrison (drums), Luke Brecthlesbauer (harp), Helen Gillet (cello, loops and lead vocals)
Rex Gregory (flute, clarinet and melodica), Gregory Good (guitar) and Jon Gross (sousaphone) and Daron Douglas (violin)
April 30th Allways Lounge Theatre 9pm TRIBUTE TO CHAZ FEST with The OTHER INSTRUMENT BAND featuring members from this year’s Offbeat Magazine “Best Other Instrument” category Beth Patterson (basouki), Seva Venet (banjo), Chaz Leary (washboard), Helen Gillet (cello and vocals), Jason Marsalis (vibraphone) and guest Mark Southerland (horn sculptures)
May 1st Carrolton Station 10pm Helen Gillet solo show w/ DEBAUCHE
May 2nd New Orleans Jazz Fest – Heritage Stage 2:30pm Helen Gillet Music and Interview by John Swenson (rolling stones, downbeat and offbeat magazines)
May 2nd Allways Lounge 11pm Glorioskis w/ Debbie Davis, Helen Gillet and Myshkin
12am Helen Gillet James Singleton DUO + Mark Southerland
May 3rd NEW ORLEANS JAZZ and HERITAGE FESTIVAL – LAGNIAPPE STAGE 11:30am - HELEN GILLET SOLO SHOW w/ Looped Cello and Vocals.
FRENCH MUSIC THROUGH BELGIAN EYES
Stories from the Belgian Country Side by Helen Gillet
Poetry and Music of Julos BEAUCARNE, Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf and more.
Live Soundtrack “Images D’Ostende” by Belgian Surrealist Film maker Henri Storck
Arrangements of French popular song from the 1940′s to present day by Helen Gillet (cello, vocals, loop pedal and effects) with Doug Garrison(drums); Jon Gross (sousaphone), Rex Gregory (flute, saxophone, melodica), Daron Douglas (violin).
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Downbeat Magazine – January 2014
Gillet Singleton Duo
It’s rare that an album changes one’s perception of what is possible in music; this is such an album. Recorded during two improvised sessions last March inside a 19th century church-turned-opera house in New Orleans, the Gillet Singleton Duo brings together two keystones of the city’s progressive contemporary music scene: the muscular and deeply groove-driven bassist James Singleton and cellist Helen Gillet, whose musical inclinations range from French chansons to experimental jazz to classical Indian ragas. Though their first duo recording features instruments of the same family, Gillet and Singleton incite in one another such combustible sparks of creativity that Ferdinand feels more like the work of 12 musicians than two.
The opener, “Heavy Western,” features a looped concert of Gillet’s soulful bowing, over which she plucks an additional melodic line while tapping, stomping and slapping a beat out with her hands on the body of her instrument and her heels on the church floor. Quickly picking up on the improvi- sation’s direction, Singleton skids into the fray with a series of jittery bowed phrases before the tension yields to a dynamic climax, landing, finally, at the bottom of the song’s scale. “Bow Creek” dispenses with any traditional concept of what a stringed instrument should sound like, as cello and bass harmonize to create the sound of wood stretching to the point of rupture. The effect yields a beauty not unlike that of their makeshift studio’s arched yet crumbling ceiling: a song for the space itself. Brimming with risk-induced energy and eschewing all manner of technical limitations, Ferdinand plays like an ode to the joy of exploration. —Jennifer Odell
Ferdinand: Heavy Western; Tangoid; Ferdinand; Wabash; Bow Creek; Green Shoes; Birimboo; Top Of TheFriendChain;Mission;Messiaen;IntheHills;Lamentico; SometimesKnows;TheOneTwoSeven Stompers. (46:50) Personnel: Helen Gillet, cello, effects; James Singleton, bass, effects, pocket trumpet.
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JANUARY 4th, 2014
Chickie WAH WAH
2828 Canal Street, New Orleans
HELEN GILLET & FRIENDS SHOWCASE
Wazozo Zorchestra FRENCH BIG BAND
Solo Show LIVE LOOPS and VOCALS
James Singleton / Helen Gillet DUO
Helen Gillet, solo show
Live at the Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street, NYC
Thanks for a GREAT DEBUT TOUR of Ferdinand!! James and I had a blast!
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OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW will be in New Orleans
Monday, October 28th, 2013 at the BLUE NILE 11pm
Birdies Intimate Apparel Apothecary
FERDINAND Gillet Singleton Duo
7pm ACOUSTIC CONCERT
8:30pm EXCLUSIVE MEET AND GREET at David Ford’s Studio
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