About

“Think of Helen as a warm honey note in a delicious thick glass of red wine singing” – Louise Avery, St Kilda News

Helen Catanchin is a highly expressive and gifted jazz/contemporary singer and instrumentalist based in Melbourne, with over ten years performing and recording experience.  With a warm, distinctive tone, and the ability to powerfully draw the listener into the story of each and every song, Helen has performed as lead vocalist with her jazz band at festivals and venues the likes of the Melbourne Women’s International Jazz Festival, Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival, Eltham Town Jazz & Blues Festival, Bennetts Lane Jazz Club, Paris Cat Jazz Club and Bird’s Basement.  She has also performed live with acclaimed international and local artists, including Mavis Staples, Joss Stone, Rickie Lee Jones, John Abercrombie, Barney McAll, Gian Slater, The Black Arm Band and Lior, in a variety of contexts and events.

Helen is involved in a wide range of other musical projects, including her new solo indie/pop/electronica act Katankin with two single releases to date. Helen also composes for and leads her original contemporary jazz/pop/folk band lena, with whom she released a debut EP in 2015.  She performs weekly at Claypots in an intimate duo setting with master double bassist Philip Rex, singing and playing guitar and ukulele and covering an eclectic range of repertoire with unique and quirky arrangements. Helen also leads the new Simon & Garfunkel project called Feelin’ Groovy, featuring fellow jazz vocalist Olivia Chindamo.  She is one of the founding members of the groundbreaking Melbourne a capella ensemble Invenio, and features on the group’s debut album “Gone, Without Saying”.  Helen’s diverse and prestigious performance background is testament to her great versatility and skill as a vocalist.  Click here for a complete list of Helen’s past highlight performances.

 

    “There’s a purity and believability in the voice
that should make its mark on the Australian music
            scene.” – Mal Stanley, ABC’s Jazztrack