Video: How Jazz-based Cellist and Vocalist Helen Gillet Blends Eclectic Styles to Forge Her Own Sound
Words by: Jeremy Harper
Picture provided by: Helen Gillet
Video production by: roberthannant.com
Jazz-based cellist, singer, composer and improviser Helen Gillet grew up in Belgium, Singapore, Chicago and Wisconsin, but has set deep roots in New Orleans over the past decade and a half. The TEDxLSU 2018 speaker has has forged a path for the cello in the Big Easy music scene through performing her own eclectic mix of French, contemporary jazz, North Indian, blues and classical styles.
The native of Belgium launched her career as an improviser, singer and cellist with the North Hindustani vocal ragas of the late 90s, which introduced her to the world of improvisational jazz, funk, rock and French music — all of which are major components of her music stylings today.
She has performed extensively across the United States and Western Europe, collaborated with some of the biggest names in popular music and recorded music for several films. Her compelling live performances can shift seamlessly between layered loops of cello lines and rhythms to an understated French song from her Belgian childhood.
“I’m just me now,” she says in this short video. “I’m just playing my own music — and it feels amazing.”
Words by: Annemarie Galeucia
Video by: Wes Kennison
We thought things were moving quickly before, but as we race to March 3 the pace and the excitement (and maybe the mania) kicks in for our team. No one shares that more succinctly than our set and video aficionado, Wes Kennison. Wes took a break from his main gig as Launch Media Creative Director to give us a little tease about how the TEDxLSU 2018 experience will leave us reeling with amazing ideas and connections.
Have you reserved your seat yet? There’s no time like now to do so!
Reserve your seat, and be prepared to buckle up.
Photos by: Ari Ross, Ian Andrepont, Chris Jeansonne and Melissa Thompson
Words by: Morgan Kastner
Photos by: Melissa Thompson
TEDxLSU speakers go through a rigorous speaker coaching process to prepare them and their talk for the stage. Each speaker is matched with a speaker coach who helps them get showtime ready.
A major part of the process is the speaker rehearsals, or as the TEDxLSU team likes to call them “dry-runs.” Dry-runs are the first time speakers give their talk to an audience and, typically, it’s the first time they are on the LSU Union Theater stage. But this year offered a few obstacles, like icy roads and low water pressure. As the temperature dropped to record-setting lows on the scheduled rehearsal dates, the team had to improvise (and get a helping hand from the Louisiana Technology Park).
So, how did the team deal with the freezing weather? Check out this behind the X view to find out.
Words by: Annemarie Galeucia
Graphics by: Leigh Anne Nugent and Andre Dugal
At the close of each TEDxLSU season the TEDx team takes some time to reflect on the ideas spread through the course of an intimate, day-long experience among hundreds of new friends. And we think, let’s keep this momentum going!
With that, we introduce the 2018 theme: REFRACT
How, you ask, do these themes come about? It starts with a single word or phrase that represents the trajectory and growth of TEDxLSU. But it’s bigger than that - as a team, we take stock of where we are as a growing community, and of what’s happening in our collective timeline as local members of a global experience. And we find a singular element that anchors us as we begin the curate the event.
From there we begin to articulate all the different ways this word manifests, and it becomes bigger than its definition. It becomes a charge to continue to not take for granted that good ideas are worth spreading. The theme becomes a lens through which we can challenge ourselves to make it better, deeper.