I had the honor of being asked by the Michigan Festival of Sacred Music to participate in a project to write music inspired by a local place. My artist statement about this work is here. And check out their Music in Place project home page, which has further information and the wonderful contributions of other local artists.
Mostly music news about Helen Yee. A quick look at what’s happening in my artistic world.
Before the After
POSTED: May 31, 2021
Noche de Julia
POSTED: April 16, 2019
Just “Sprung”: New solo music with live looping
POSTED: April 11, 2019
The signs of spring are lifting my spirits. “Sprung” is a super-new piece I debuted in March 2019. So while I think it’ll still develop and I’ll get more adept at playing it, this little sprout wants to see the light. I’ll be posting more clips from the solo set on YouTube, so stay tuned…
Pillowtalk at the Tank, January 11-28
POSTED: January 6, 2018
I am thrilled to be working with an amazing team of talented, creative folk in this production, really digging into the work. We’re opening soon and I’m really excited to have you experience the premier presentation of this beautiful piece.
Here’s a little about the play:
Set in Brooklyn 2017, PILLOWTALK brings to life one night in the lives of Sam and Buck, a recently married interracial couple. Through a formal exploration of theatrical naturalism and the codified gender norms of ballet’s pas de deux, PILLOWTALK queers the intersections of race, gender, and class to challenge our assumptions of love and marriage. PILLOWTALK confronts the backlash against marriage equality and #BlackLivesMatter, illuminating how liberation and oppression co-exist in our most intimate spaces.
Upcoming World Premiere
The Tank, Jan. 11-27, 2018
312 W. 36th Street, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10018
Co-Produced by Kyoung’s Pacific Beat and The Tank
Presented by The Exponential Festival
Purchase tickets here!
Learn more about PILLOWTALK
“Kyoung Park–BAC Story by Diep Tran”, Baryshnikov Arts Center, BAC Story. Jun. 2017.
Written and directed by Kyoung H. Park
Performed by JP Moraga and Basit Shittu
Choreographed by Katy Pyle
Original Music by Helen Yee
Set and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama
Sound Design by Lawrence Schober
Costume Design by Andrew Jordan
Dramaturgy by Jess Applebaum
Assistant Direction by Shannon Matesky
Stage Management by Jamie Rose Bukowski
Community Engagement and Outreach Team
Engagement & Communications Strategy by Peoplmovr
Partnerships & Engagement by Shannon Matesky, Peoplmovr
New Media Strategy & Communications by Denise Shu Mei, Peoplmovr
Press Relations by Emily Owens
Graphic Design by Daniel Lim
Marketing Advisement by Sooyoung Hwang
Promotional photography by andytoad
Thank you for supporting live performing arts. If you need a friends and family discount code just let me know. As always, I hope to see you at these performances, and if you do please stop by to say hello!
Dance piece with Deborah Gladstein, “Marrow”
POSTED: May 11, 2017
Music for dance, Chris Ferris
POSTED: May 28, 2016
I love working with dance, and especially if there’s an element of improvisation involved. Live looping without a predetermined set of moves is a challenge in coordination and concentration, for sure. This performance from May 13, 2016 (a Friday!) felt solid, present and energetic. Thanks also to the inspiration from Chris Ferris’ dancing body and mind!
You can watch the video! Clicking on the image should take you to Chris Ferris’ Vimeo page, where you can check out this and other works.
Springing into summer
POSTED: June 11, 2015
June 13 Performance at Mark Lamb Dance
Saturday, June 13, 2015
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Metro Baptist Church
410 West 40th street (between 9th–10th Avs)
A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, N, R, 7 to Times Sq 42nd St
“On a String and a Prayer,” a spirited evening of dance, music and storytelling.
This Saturday, the Salon will feature cellist Lynn Anderson, guitarist Tony Romano
and violinist, Helen Yee. The dancers and musicians will explore ideas that blur the lines between dancer and musician, and which comes first – movement or music? Other performers will include dancers and choreographers Rachel Nunez, Madison Krekel, Mark Lamb, Sarah Pope, and Jennifer Wilenta.
The evening features three sets interwoven with breaks for wine and homemade food, conversation and participation. Held in a church where “all are welcome”, come experience the warm fellowship that makes Metro Baptist a “home” for Mark Lamb Dance, and a special place for all who enter.
Come and enjoy what The New York Times has called “a quintessential New York experience.” Be a part of the party as a church just off Times Square transforms itself into an elegant setting for nourishing both the spirit and stomach.
November with Tritticali
POSTED: November 10, 2014
How did it get to be November so soon? And boy do I need to update with new stuff…
TRIO TRITTICALI is excited to return to Brooklyn for a unique show. We are all composer/performers in our own right, so we decided to showcase our individual talents with this performance. This concert will feature each of us performing our own solo compositions on the first half. Featured in these compositions dancers Sarah Pope and Jennifer Wilenta, as well as electronic effects and general merriment. The second half will feature more trio originals, including a brand new piece by composer/violinist, Tom Swafford and a new surf rock arrangement.
Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
58 Lincoln Pl., corner of 7th Ave.
Park Slope, Brooklyn NY
Subway: Q,B to 7th Ave.,
2,3 to Grand Army Plaza
$10 suggested donation
Happy new year, welcome to the YOTH!
POSTED: January 29, 2014
Year of the Horse, that is…
And I’m galloping along, trying to catch up with updating this website. It’s subtle, but you might notice some new entries in the “listen” menu, and in “projects.” It’s a start, and I think it’s better to be nice to my horse. No need to take out the whip and hurry to a feverishly imagined finish line. I’ve finally put up a few videos on YouTube and you can check those out at the helyee channel. Here’s one to start:
The Fall – Berlin Wall Project
POSTED: October 27, 2013
During this time I’ve been busily and happily working on this collaborative project, which you may have heard me talking about lately. And now… On behalf of the entire team working on the Berlin Wall Project, I am excited to invite you to join us for the opening of the first Workshop of The Fall. Take a look at my November newsletter for more details!
14th Street Y
344 East 14th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Friday November 1st – 8pm
Saturday November 2nd – 3pm
Sunday November 3rd – 3pm
Thursday November 7th – 8pm (FOLLOWED BY A TALKBACK SESSION)
Friday November 8th – 8pm
Saturday November 9th – 3pm and 8pm **24-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL**
There will be closing festivities after the final performance on Saturday November 9th, 2013. We will also be hosting an EXPERT PANEL to discuss the event and our show after the closing performance.
Tickets can be purchased here.