Helen – baritone horn

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Photo: Nicole Lugano

Helen’s early studies were in Classical piano at the VCA, but she became interested in Klezmer and Balkan music around ten years ago. She joined Opa in 2009, initially on accordion but more recently playing a rotary valve baritone. Although from Irish/English/Norwegian stock, Helen has always been attracted to the asymmetrical rhythms, modal harmonies and the subtly Arabic flavour of music from the Balkans. Apart from playing with Opa, she plays accordion in Balkanika (instrumental trio) and has a busy piano teaching practice.