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Thomas Helton

Thomas Helton

Other / Experimental Houston, TX  US



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