Sunday 6 November @ 5pm
Farouk’s Olive – 711 High Street Thornbury
Melbourne group lena is led by vocalist/composer Helen Catanchin, whose compositional themes run the gamut from grief, insomnia, fear and decay to courage, hope, odes to Spring, and of course, love. A highly expressive jazz and contemporary singer, Helen formed lena as an outlet for her most honest, inquiring and genre-elusive works. From a childhood surrounded by European classical music, traditional Romanian folk and 80s/90s pop, to extensive formal study of jazz and its offshoots, a lifelong passion for music of all kinds has led Helen to a style that is her own. Melodic and reflective, dark and moody, lush, tender and at times raw, lena’s music invites you to share in some of the emotions, experiences and enigmas that make us all human. Helen is joined by friends and exceptional musicians Daniel Sheehan (melodica and keyboard), Christian Meyer (guitar), Philip Rex (double bass) and Peter Evans (drums).