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Thomas Helton

US Houston, TX Other / Experimental


Sounds Like: Peter Kowald, William Parker, Jimmy Garrison

Label: FreeBass Productions

Bio: Thomas Helton is a composer and bassist who writes and performs music in both solo and ensemble settings. As a composer Mr. Helton was awarded a Houston Arts Alliance Individual Artist Fellowship Grant in 2007 for the commission and premiere of a new work for fifteen-piece ensemble, the Torture C... See Full Bio

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“Thomas Helton and Jonathon Jindra “I” "The stunning DVD, I, is a thirty minute sonic and visual meditation by bassist/improviser Thomas Helton and videographer Jonathan Jindra. Helton transforms the most fundamental aspects of sound starting with low longtone double stops and patiently morphs through various techniques- beating tones, glissandos, tremolos, multiphonics, playing with two bows, simultaneous arco pizzicato. They are juxtaposed with shifting images of industrial city-scapes, subterranian vistas, refuse, states of light and insect evolutions inter-cut with wonderful footage of Helton performing. It is not so much about sound complexity and virtuosity though it exists, but rather a personal expression that projects the beauty of what is normally discarded." -Mark Dresser ”
— Mark Dresser, Liner Notes
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  • 2014

    Mar 30

    Houston, TX, US | 12:00pm

    Houston, TX, US
    Sun Mar 30 12:00pm


    MKT BAR: A favorite new Houston brunch cool jazz hot spot. Join us for food and drinks and jazz. Thomas Helton, bass Karl Fulbright, sax Ryan Gabbart, trombone Joe Slezak, drums with Danielle Reich, vocals www.phoeniciafoods.com/locations/mkt-bar/ thomashelton.org inhorn.com ryangabbart.com daniellereich.com

  • 2014

    Mar 1

    Galveston, TX, US | 6:00pm
    Galveston Mardi Gras Gala...
    Galveston, TX, US
    Sat Mar 01 6:00pm


    Experience Galveston’s premier Mardi Gras Ball as you celebrate with live music, costumes, beads, amazing food, themed entertainment and the best view of the biggest Mardi Gras parade in Galveston. For thirty years, The Tremont House has hosted Galveston’s premier Mardi Gras Ball and Parade Viewing Party. The first of these breathtaking events was held to celebrate the grand opening of The Tremont House on February 16, 1985. Now this gala offers live entertainment by three bands, dinner, cocktails and a prime view of the Momus Grand Night Parade as it passes in front of the hotel. The entire hotel is transformed for the most opulent Mardi Gras Ball and Parade Viewing Party held in Galveston. Before the parade, enjoy music by renown Jazz artist Dr. Michael White and his Jazz Quartet from New Orleans and Singer Danielle Reich from Austin. Following the parade, the Ball continues in The Tremont Ballroom with live music by Retro-Swing Band Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, cocktails and a midnight breakfast. http://www.galveston.com/MardiGrasBall/

  • 2014

    Feb 23

    Houston, TX, US | 12:00pm

    Houston, TX, US
    Sun Feb 23 12:00pm


    Great food, beverages, & music @ MKT Bar/Phoenicia Deli! I get to sing with the Thomas Helton Quartet! www.thomashelton.org www.daniellereich.com www.phoeniciafoods.com/locations/mkt-bar 1001 Austin Street Houston, TX 77010

  • 2013

    Oct 8

    New Orleans, LA, US | 8:00pm

    New Orleans, LA, US
    Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:00pm
  • 2013

    Sep 25

    Brooklyn, NY, US | 8:00pm

    Brooklyn, NY, US
    Wed Sep 25, 2013 8:00pm


    Helton-Carter-Burtinovic/The Core Trio Chris Rozik / Luke Maguire Armstrong Daniel Carter sax Thomas Helton-bass Nicolas Letman-Burtinovic- bass Second set The Core Trio with Robert Boston featuring Steve Swell on trombone.

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