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Helen Papaioannou is a composer and baritone/alto saxophonist based in Sheffield, UK. She composes music for live performance, improvises and has a fascination with games and strategies for group interaction. She is currently developing a solo project which explores minimal pattern-based ideas and hocketing for baritone saxophone and electronics.

Originally from Leeds, Helen completed her PhD in composition at Newcastle University under the guidance of Agustín Fernández and Will Edmondes. Helen’s music has been performed by Workers Union Ensemble, Ensemble neoN, Nieuw Ensemble, Galvanize Ensemble, Cobalt Duo, Michael Speers/Renzo Spiteri, LSO and Northern Sinfonia. She has performed with KURO, Valentina Magaletti, Damo Suzuki, Eugene Chadbourne and Hannabiell Sanders. Helen is one half of Garlic Hug, a new duo with Alessandro Altavilla. She has played as one third of the band Beauty Pageant, a member of the trio HOKKETT, and the band PONPON, and she improvises in a number of collaborations. Helen also delivers educational workshops in a number of settings.




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