Helen Gillet is multi-faceted, New Orleans based jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser

Friday August 01, 2014


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Globe Trotting, multi-faceted, jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet is a “mixed bag” of musical influence. She has won “Best Female Performer” this year in Gambit Weekly’s Best of the Beat Awards as well as “Best Other Instrument” in Offbeat Magazine’s Best of the Beat Awards. Downbeat Magazine recently nominated her a Rising Star in the 61st Annual Critic’s Poll.She lives her music as an expression of the entire human condition, performing an eclectic mix of French pop, Avant Garde Jazz, North Indian, Folk and Classical styles.

Helen Gillet was raised in Belgium, Singapore, Illinois and Wisconsin, and landed in her current hometown of New Orleans in 2003.  She has performed in countless arenas including the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, Kennedy Center, Italy’s Mirano Otre Festival and Marsalis Center for the Performing Arts.Recent collaborators include, Pretty Lights, Kid Koala, Nicole Mitchell, Hamid Drake, Van Dyke Parks, Marianne Faithful, Cassandra Wilson, The Mardi Gras Indian Orchestra, James Singleton and Jason Marsalis.

She has 4 self-produced albums: “Newton Circus” (2009) by her French big band Wazozo; an instrumental jazz album “Running of the Bells” (2011) by The Helen Gillet Trio with Tim Green (saxophones/bells), and Doug Garrison (drums) which received a four star review in Downbeat’s October 2011 issue. Her unique solo album “Helen Gillet” (2012) combines real-time cello, loops, and vocals in a beautiful pastiche of sound and her latest album is a live duo recording entitled: “Ferdinand” (2013) with jazz bassist James Singleton.




"It's not easy to put a label on experimental cellist Helen Gillet's sound. She rarely adheres to musical borders. If her art was more visual than musical, you could imagine her coloring way outside the lines."

- Susan Langenhennig

"New Orleans-based, avant-garde jazz cellistHelen Gillet is as different as they come. Raised on three different continents — Belgium, Singapore, the U.S. (Illinois and Wisconsin) — and a million different musical styles, notably French chanson, North Indian, classical and folk, Gillet answers to everyone and no one when she plays her own indescribable, pulsating music."

- Carol Banks Weber

"Whether she's performing solo, in intimate new 'chamber music' settings, or going full throttle with various jazz-driven ensembles, Gillet has been described as having "a Mingus like passion both as a player and as a band leader, often coaxing energy and lifting the spirits into dynamic and dazzling displays of artistry."

- Michael Dominici

2012 BIG EASY Gambit Awards votes Helen Gillet BEST IN CONTEMPORARY JAZZ

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