Helen Gillet brought a sublime groove to the Lighthouse for Darwin Festival last Sunday, bringing her eclectic mix of classical instrumentality and modern looping technology to a spell-bound audience.
Jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin. With a Bachelor’s Degree in both Music and Anthropology and a Masters in Music, her training as an improviser began with North Indian Hindustani cellist Nancy Lesh in 1998, launching her into the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, funk, rock and songwriting.
A self-described surrealist-archaeologist, focused on the worlds of synthesised sound and acoustic cello, Gillet is known for her eclectic palette – which includes avant-garde jazz, French chansons, funk, alternative rock, and the bohemian flair of the Velvet Underground – and has performed at a wide array of venues all over the world.
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