Apr 232014
Exciting week! My peers and fans honored me by naming me Best Female Performer at the Gambit Big Easy Music Awards and the film I have been working on with Hannant Robert is done. It fills in some of the blanks about me and my approach to the cello.
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Apr 202014
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
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Mar 242014


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).

BUY TICKETS HERE http://www.midcitytheatre.com/

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Jan 212014
Tour Dates Feb 18th – March 15th, 2014
Feb 18th         Furstwurld • Joshua Tree, CA  • 8pm • $10 • w/ Myshkin
Feb 20th         House Concert • Ballard, CA **
Feb 21st          Fifth St. Farms • 1517 Fifth Street • Berkeley, CA • 7pm $15
Feb 22nd         ”Haba na Haba” • 1936 Thousand Oaks Blvd. • Berkeley, CA • 8pm ** $20
Feb 24th         Red Room • Corvallis, OR • 7pm
Feb 25th         String Theory Music • 1291 Wall St.  • Bend, OR • Workshop in looping cello • 6pm
Feb 26th         String Theory Music • 1291 Wall St. • Bend, OR • Concert • 7pm $15
Feb 27th         Magnolia’s Corner  • 4075 NE Sandy Blvd. • Portland, OR • 6pm
Feb 28th         Royal Room • Seattle, WA • w/ Skerik (sax), Wayne Horvitz (keys),
                            Evan Flory-Barnes (upright bass), Dvonne Lewis (drums) • 9pm $10
March 1st      China Cloud • Vancouver, BC • TRIO w/ Gordon Grdina (oud/guitar) and
                            Kenton Loewen (drums) 10pm $10
March 2nd    Boomers • Gibsons, BC • 8pm $15
March 3rd     China Cloud • Vancouver, BC • 9pm $10
March 8th     Denver Public Library • Denver, CO • 2pm
March 8th     760 Gaylord St. • House concert • Denver • 7pm **
March 9th     Laughing Goat • Boulder, CO • 9pm ONE HOUR SET ONLY! $10
March 10th   Currier Inn • Greeley, CO • w. Ian Cooke (solo) 7:30pm  $25
March 14th   The Brick Bar • Kansas City, MO • 9pm  $10
March 15th   Grunauer w/ Mark Southerland SNUFF JAZZ • Kansas City, MO • 7pm
** House concert venues:  For locations please email booking@helengillet.com
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Jan 082014

 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.

Ordering info: helengillet.com

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Nov 212013


yes we can DBA

             Helen Gillet, solo show


                    TUESDAY NOVEMBER 26th 7pm

                  Live at the Rockwood Music Hall 

                              196 Allen Street, NYC





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Oct 052013

Thanks for a GREAT DEBUT TOUR of Ferdinand!!   James and I had a blast!

YOU CAN BUY this album

by visiting my MUSIC STORE


We will ship it to you with love and thanks!


OUR NEXT LIVE SHOW will be in New Orleans

Monday, October 28th, 2013 at the BLUE NILE 11pm



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