Canadian singer Helen Pridmore focuses on experimental music and improvisation. She blends formidable classical technique and style (think Anton Webern, Michael Finnissy) with work in extended vocal techniques (think Joan La Barbara ). With a special interest in the work of John Cage, Helen has performed his music widely, including at Carnegie Hall in NYC. She frequently works with artists in other disciplines – dancers, visual artists, software engineers – to create new and stimulating art, asking questions about our voices, our bodies, and beauty.
For her visit to the Wayward Music Series, Helen will perform with renowned Seattle musicians Lori Goldston (cello) and Mark Hilliard Wilson (guitar). The trio will explore graphic scores by Cage and his contemporary Earle Brown — music to see and to hear, with visual interpretation of the score as a crucial part of the performance. For the second half of the program, accordionist, composer and arranger Kyle Hanson (The Murkies) will join the group for improvisation, fresh takes on new sounds.