Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Helen Papaioannou is a baritone/alto saxophonist and composer based in Sheffield, UK. She composes, improvises and has a fascination with games and strategies for group interaction. Her new solo project, Halli Phron, intertwines baritone sax, analogue synthesisers and sequenced beats in tides of pulses, drones and hockets.

Helen’s compositions have been performed by Workers Union Ensemble, Ensemble neoN, Nieuw Ensemble, Galvanize Ensemble, Cobalt Duo, Michael Speers/Renzo Spiteri, LSO and Northern Sinfonia. She has performed with KURO, Valentina Magaletti, Damo Suzuki, Eugene Chadbourne and Hannabiell Sanders. Helen is one half of Garlic Hug, a new duo with Alessandro Altavilla, and she improvises with various collaborators. She has played as one third of the band Beauty Pageant, a member of the trio HOKKETT, and the band PONPON. Helen also delivers educational workshops in a number of settings. Originally from Leeds, Helen completed her PhD at Newcastle University with supervision from Agustín Fernández and Will Edmonds.