Jul 312015

Read this article from LIMELIGHT: Australia’s Classical Music and Arts Magazine.

A solo cellist sits centre stage, weaving together strains of classical, jazz improvisation and experimental punk. This is the world of cellist and vocalist, Helen Gillet.

Combining classical technique with modern experimentalism, the New Orleans based musician creates a unique sound that is ultimately personal. “I am presenting who I am, and I have an inherent broad mix of genres in my background as a human. It wouldn’t feel like I am fully sharing myself to the audience if I left any of those genres out of my show.”

Armed with an electronic loop pedal and acoustic cello, Gillet creates an immersive experience that crosses traditional musical boundaries.

Gillet’s performance technique is unique in that she sings whilst she plays, creating an exquisite blend of tonal qualities. She begins by recording a solo cello melody to her loop pedal, which she then loops on repeat. To create harmony she records a second melody over the first, and repeats this process until a series of loops play simultaneously. It’s akin to an orchestra of cellos and, paired with her live vocals, she’s been accurately described as a “one-woman show”. Her work is essentially a culmination of her past, her present, and the future….

See more at: http://www.limelightmagazine.com.au/features/helen-gillet-taking-cello-mofos-dark-places#sthash.QpTSBG4V.dpuf

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Jun 062015

Paul Lytton is like a Ninja Bag Worm that moves forwards and in reverse…picking up all types of noise makers on and around his drum set and shedding them with a fluidity and chaotic awkwardness that is refreshingly human.    This Festival is so very good for the musical creative soul.  Thanks to Ken Vandermark and all musicians, volunteers for making this happen!  If you can’t make it this time around, put it on your calendar for next year!



JOHANNES BAUER (trombone/Germany)

JOE MCPHEE (trumpet/saxophone/NYC)


HELEN GILLET (cello/New Orleans)


JEB BISHOP (trombone/Durham)




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Jun 032015

A beautiful summer of performances are taking me to Milwaukee (June 5-7), Minneapolis (June 10),  Kansas City (June 11-13), Tasmania (June 19-20), Italy (July 3-10), Belgium (July 11-18).  HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!  I am spending part of  my summer “in winter”, celebrating the coldest and shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice celebration in TASMANIA!    _MG_2351

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Apr 282015

Looking ahead to a fun week of shows in New Orleans _MG_2351w/ special guest saxophonist/horn sculptor Mark Southerland (Kansas City)
1. WEDNESDAY 4/29 CHAZ FEST (4020 St. Claude) 3:45pm w/ “other” instrument band featuring Mark Southerland (horn sculptures), Luke Brechtelsbauer (harp and bagpipes) and Michael Skinkus (cajon and kweeka)
2. SATURDAY 5/2 JAZZ FEST 12:45pm Lagniappe Stage SOLO SHOW w/ looped cello & french/english vocals
3. SATURDAY 5/2 CHICKIE WAH WAH 9-11pm (doors at 8) w/ Michael Skinkus and Mark Southerland
4. SUNDAY 5/3 MID CITY THEATRE (3540 Toulouse St.) – 9pm (doors at 8) INTIMATE SOLO SHOW
5.  MONDAY 5/4 BACCHANAL WINE (600 Poland) 7:30-10:30pm Mark/Helen DUO
6. TUESDAY 5/5 BLUE NILE upstairs Helen Gillet TRIO w/ Mark Southerland (tenor sax, sculptures and 8 track scratching) and Doug Garrison​ (drums)
Photography by Zack Smith​

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Apr 152015


Sunday April 26th CIRCLE BAR  New Orleans SOLO SHOW w/ cello, loops and french and english vocals – celebrating NEW ALBUM BANGKOK SILVER! @ 10pm $10


Sat April 25th Sun April 26th FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL in LAFAYETTE, LOUISIANA w/ HELEN GILLET Solo Show @ 1pm-1:30pm (Saturday) @ 1:30-3pm TV5 STAGE (Sunday) @ 4pm Chat Room interview (Sunday)

Monday April 27th at BACCHANAL WINE (New Orleans) Helen Gillet SOLO @ 7:30-9pm w/ Doug Garrison (drums), Rex Gregory (flute, melodica, clarinet, saxophone), Luke Brechtelsbauer (harp) and Mark Southerland (tenor sax) @ 9-10:30pm

Wednesday April 29th CHAZ FEST – New Orleans Truck Farm Helen Gillet & “Other Instrument” Quartet with Mark Southerland (horn sculptures), Luke Brechtelsbauer (harp and bagpipes), Michael Skinkus (kweeka and cajon) @ 3:45pm

Saturday May 2nd New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Lagniappe Stage – HELEN GILLET Solo Show@ 12:45pm

Saturday May 2nd CHICKIE WAH WAH – Helen Gillet w/ Mark Southerland (tenor saxophone, 8 track), Michael Skinkus (percussion) @ 8-11pm (cover ay door TBD)

midcityhelengillet2015                        Sunday May 3rd

Helen Gillet returns to the beautiful intimate setting      of the Mid City theatre during the second weekend  of Jazz Fest to perform the music of her latest solo album. 9pm (doors at 8pm)  $10 cover

  Bangkok Silver, new album by Helen Gillet, came    out in February 2015. The music illustrates Gillet’s  evolved loop pedal technique with her instrument, creating very rhythmic backing tracks to her vocals and cello solos.  Bangkok Silver captures the essence of her current live solo show and includes brand new tunes written during the recording of the album such as “Alvar,” “Weed Tree” and “Grapevine.”

 Monday May 4th Bacchanal Wine Helen Gillet Mark Southerland DUO @ 7:30-10:30pm

Tuesday May 5th Blue Nile Upstairs OPEN EARS MUSIC SERIES Helen Gillet TRIO w/ Helen Gillet (cello, effects), Mark Southerland (saxophones, 8 track, sculptures) and Doug Garrison (drums and percussion). @ 10:30pm 

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Apr 102015

Sduskee you at the Omni Royal Orleans Stage (On royal between St. Louis and Toulouse) 12pm-1:30pm SATURDAY APRIL 11th

“DUSK IN WALLONIA” FOR SALE at French Quarter Fest for only $15 

AND later same day at 5pm at the Louisiana Music Factory

(Frenchman Street)


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Mar 182015

Thursday April 9th

GASA GASA (4920 Freret St. NOLA 70118) DOUBLE  CD RELEASE PARTY for “Dusk in Wallonia” and “Bangkok Silver”


Saturday April 11th 

12pm– French Quarter Festival  w/ French Big band celebrates “Dusk in Wallonia”

5pm Louisiana Music Factory HELEN GILLET DOUBLE  CD RELEASE PARTY for “Dusk in Wallonia” and “Bangkok Silver”


Saturday April 25th and Sunday April 26th



Wednesday April 29th

CHAZ FEST New Orleans Truck Farm Helen Gillet & Friends


 Saturday May 2nd 

New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival – Lagniappe Stage – HELEN GILLET Solo Show

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Feb 042015

bangkoksilverBANGKOK SILVER; new album by Helen Gillet has arrived!!  Album will be available for purchase at helengillet.com online store as well as throughout the internet (cdbaby, itunes, amazon etc..)

LOOPS, CELLO, French and English vocals

w/ special guest Mark Southerland on tenor saxophone


Recorded by Chad Meise in Kansas City, MO

Mastered by Collin Jordan at the Boiler Room in Chicago, IL

1.  Renard
2.  Repondez-Moi
3.  La Bas
4.  Non Demande
5.  Le Deserteur
6.  Grapevine
7.  Kibi
8.  Weed Tree
9.  Alvar
10. La Fete
11. Petite Fille
12. Ride into the Sun
All songs composed*, arranged and performed by Helen Gillet *except Repondez-moi (Francis Cabrel), Non Demande (Georges Brassens), Le Deserteur (Boris Vian) and Ride into the Sun (The Velvet Underground).


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