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Helen Gillete and Hunter Diamond

August 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free

Sessions at McPike Park has scheduled an ambitious series of concerts this summer. Although only the jazz events are listed on this calendar, all the acts are worth checking out.

2022 SESSIONS AT McPIKE PARK

  • AUGUST 12, 13, 14
    FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY
  • AUGUST 18, 19
    THURSDAY AND FRIDAY
  • AUGUST 31, SEPTEMBER 1
    WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY

Helen Gillet

Helen Gillet is a singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist exploring synthesized sounds, texture, and rhythm using an acoustic cello.  For someone with her varied background, New Orleans, with its mix of cultures and musics, seemed like a natural place to call home.  She was born in Belgium, raised in Singapore from the ages of 2 to 11, and routinely shuttled between the homelands of her Belgian father and American mother.  Over the years — working in New Orleans with musicians of all stripes, from avant-garde jazz and classical to pop and funk — Gillet has developed a singular polyglot style. The core of her work is solo performance with live looping, layering cello parts and vocal lines. Rhythmic figures emerge with bowed or plucked ostinatos or a variety of rubbing and slapping on the body of the cello, then enhanced with melodies played or sung in her haunting alto. Her mixed musical vocabulary is commensurate with her disparate travels — French chanson of the 1940s, Belgian folk tunes sung in Walloon, a mix of rock and punk from the likes of PJ Harvey and X-Ray Spex, and her own affecting originals, like audience favorite “Julien,” sung in a mix of French and English. Gillet’s solo performance is known for its enigmatic quality as she fabricates each song with innovative use of the cello and true mastery of live looping technology.

Hunter Diamond

Hunter Diamond is a creative woodwind and sound artist living and performing in Chicago. A mixture of conceptual, composed, and improvised performances keep him fully embedded in the Chicago creative arts community. In 2021 Hunter founded Curio Records which serves as the primary outlet for his recorded projects.

Hunter is currently in post production on several new recordings: a new album from Black Diamond, “MASKS” (a multi-media solo project), and “Metal and Wood” – a series of improvised duets with drummers from around the country recorded between 2019 and 2021.

Details

Date:
August 14
Time:
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free

Organizer

The Sessions at McPike Park
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Venue

Madison McPike Park
202 S Ingersoll St
Madison, Wi
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