Helen Gillet brings her
new ensemble Tephra III to Chickie Wah Wah, 3/9

PHOTO: MICHAEL DOMINICI | Helen Gillet is a restless musician always seeking out new musical partners and new sounds. Her new ensemble, Tephra III, will be appearing at the fine listening room on Canal Street. Tephra III features Nikki Glaspie on drums and Brian Haas on keyboards. Gillet will be playing cello and using loops and other effects in order to increase the magnitude of the sound. Show time is 10:30 PM. Josh Hyde celebrates the release of his latest album with special guest John Gros at 8 PM.

Nikki Glaspie is a powerhouse drummer whose biggest claim to fame is working with Beyonce. More recently she has toured with Maceo Parker. She also has dipped her toes in all kinds of local sounds including working with Ivan Neville and his band, Dumpstaphunk and touring with her own band, the Nth Power.

Brian Haas is best known as the keyboardist with the eclectic jazz ensemble Jacob Fred’s Jazz Odyssey. But he is also a versatile musician who has played with a wide range of musicians both locally and internationally including Nolatet, the New Orleans supergroup with James Singleton, Johnny Vidacovich, and Mike Dillon.

Tephra III is part of a new creative music label, Tephra Sounds, which is being spearheaded by Gillet. The new project is already recording their first album featuring trumpeter Alex Massa and saxophonist/flautist Jessica Lurie along with Glaspie and Gillet.

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