Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Helen Papaioannou is a composer and baritone/alto saxophonist based in Sheffield, UK. She has a fascination with the dynamics of group interaction, and often works with game strategies in her collaborations. Helen’s new solo performance project intertwines saxophone and synthesisers in tides of pulses and drones, often exploring small groups of sounds across prolonged durations.

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.

Garlic Hug, her duo with Alessandro Altavilla, combines a playground of analogue and digital instruments with saxophone. Sometimes droney, at times stubbornly repetitive and often spiky, they move from hiccuping beats, to clamorous outbursts, to hushed textures. Helen performs with various collaborators, and has played as one third of the band Beauty Pageant, a member of the trio HOKKETT, and the band PONPON.