Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Photo by Alessandro Altavilla

Helen Papaioannou is a composer and baritone/alto saxophonist based in Sheffield, UK. She composes, improvises and has a fascination with games and strategies for group interaction. Her recent solo work intertwines baritone sax with sequenced sampled synths, playing with incessant, metronomic pulses and patterns. 

Helen’s music has 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 Edmondes.