Helen Gillet: Rebelle Musique

Saturday, April 13, 2024
Performance at 8:00PM | Doors at 7:30PM
Suggested Donation: $25 – General Admission // $15 – Student, senior, etc.
None turned away for lack of funds, no pressure

Helen Gillet—”a whirling dervish of the cello”—will perform music from her newest album “Rebelle” – a tribute album to Belgian Poet Julos Beaucarne and French Avant Garde Chanteuse Brigitte Fontaine. Helen will play cello, loop pedal and vocals leading her New Orleans band featuring Doug Garrison on drums, Alex McMurray on guitar, and Rex Gregory on saxophone, clarinet and flute.

“Helen Gillet and her cello are a love story for the ages. Whether it’s just the two of them on stage or they are joined by the dizzying roster of collaborators she’s worked with over the years, there’s no anticipating what direction the music will take. If an Ornette Coleman mood strikes she leans into it, her vigorous bow sliding every which way. Afterwards she might play a French chanson, the lilting tune as sweetly restrained as her improvisations are textured and wild. Such range is growing increasingly rare, and she earned hers the old-fashioned way: by playing absolutely everything with anyone she thought was doing something interesting—and she has the stories to prove it. Gillet studied Hindustani cello playing with the legendary Nancy Lesh, has her master’s in classical cello performance from Loyola University, and spent decades proving that both women and cellos belong in jazz bands. Gillet’s music is driven by a burning, ever-evolving curiosity. She loves to play, but she also loves to listen, and her discerning ears have secured her place as one of New Orleans’ finest improvisers. Though her stage presence can be intimidating, Helen Gillet also happens to be fun—her solo performances are never self-serious, and are always well-seasoned with rambling stories and silly jokes translated from her French songs.” – Holly Devon, Antigravity

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Saturday Apr 13 2024


8:00 pm
Advance Donations