David Helpling & Jon Jenkins

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins

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TREASURE from David Helpling and Jon Jenkins, A powerhouse collaboration from two of the genre's most well respected musicians who are often mentioned in the same breath as Brian Eno, Patrick O'Hearn, and Tangerine Dream. Previous releases by both artists have charted at #1 on NAV/NAR Top 100.

Biography

DAVID HELPLING –

Even at an early age, David Helpling was an inquisitive spirit, a kid with a wild imagination who was always looking under stones for bugs and frogs and things. Now, David roams a musical landscape, exploring different textures and unearthing various moods, and it is that same curiosity that makes his music so stunning and unique.

A self-taught musician, David’s ability to "feel" the music has resulted in two captivating albums that showcase his atmospheric depth as well as his rhythmic sensibility. David's debut release, Between Green And Blue, was a finalist for the 1997 INDIE Album-Of-The-Year award, and is already considered a favorite among listeners to this genre. On his second release, Sleeping On The Edge Of The World, Helpling takes his unmistakable style and dense sound sculptures to a deeper level of introspection.

As a full-time composer, David has written music for several successful feature films. One of which, Trade Offs, had David immersed in the music of India. Featuring several guest artists including vocalist Nidhi Bhatmuley, this score has become a world-wide favorite. “David Helpling’s score for Trade Offs is a lovely and accomplished east-west fusion" - Mychael Danna.

Among other musical influences such as U2 and Bjork, one of David's main inspirations is film music. The dark and moving scores of Elliot Goldenthal, Edward Shearmur and David Julyan are just a few of his favorites. It would seem that David has a constantly running soundtrack of his own as well. "Music is always in my head. That's how I write. I'm always dreaming."

After several intense years of writing and producing music for film, Treasure marks David’s return to the musical form for which he is most passionate. Working side by side with Jon Jenkins, David’s driven pursuit to create the music of his dreams is on. The combination of these two artists is explosive and limitless...

JON JENKINS –

As a recording artist, Jon Jenkins sees it as his responsibility to reach out, grab the listeners by the ears, drag them into another world and show them around a little bit. "I've always been fascinated by the ability of a good piece of music to stimulate the imagination and transport the listener to another place in their mind without ever leaving their chair."

When you put on a copy of his solo debut release, Flow, you'll know he's not kidding. By the time the first track is over, you've been pulled through a sonic wormhole and dropped into a world of many wonders. On his next release, Beyond City Light, Jenkins takes this wide angle approach to the next level with deeper spaces and more powerful grooves.

“Growing up, I listened to Pink Floyd, Genesis, Marillion, Peter Gabriel, and Tangerine Dream because they always made albums to be experienced rather than just listened to; they maintained a nice balance between power and space." This led Jenkins to begin experimenting with his own compositions. "I couldn't get enough of that stuff, so I just started to create the music I wanted to hear."

On his new release, Treasure, Jenkins has found the perfect musical collaborator in David Helpling. The two express their vision on an epic and expansive scale, rich in organic textures and moving passages. One reviewer summed up Treasure perfectly when he wrote, “…imagine David Lean rigging his Panaflex with Korgs.”

With four outstanding releases to his credit, Jon Jenkins has established himself as a unique artist with a distingushable style, which is not an easy task in the Electronic/Ambient musical realm. In fact, not only has he managed to discover something quite precious - his own musical space, but he can convince you that it is yours as well.

Discography

David Helpling & Jon Jenkins - TREASURE - released June 12th 2007

David Helpling - Between Green and Blue - 1996 New Age Album Of The Year Nominee

David Helpling - Sleeping On the Edge Of The World - 1999 Grammy Nominee

Jon Jenkins/Paul Lackey - Continuum - 1995

Jon Jenkins - Flow - 1998

Jon Jenkins - Beyond City Light - 2005

Set List

Helpling/Jenkins' live shows are each unique and rare. please contact Deep Exile for more information