leslie helpert, serpentfly

leslie helpert, serpentfly

 Barcelona, Catalonia, ESP
SoloAmericanaAvant-garde

Acoustic and Electric guitarist, Chanteuse & Poet, dedicated to sonic subtlety. Progressive lyricist, classical mentality but unconventional, Envelope-pushing Original. Additionally, Helpert performs with band in a tribute to Ellington, Billie Holiday, and other legends of traditional jazz music.

Biography

Helpert is profuse guitarist/vocalist/artist who has been an integral part of the underground writing contingent for the last 15 years. having composed over 1000 pieces in her young life. She has been playing guitar for over 20 years and with guitar, voice, percussion and piano as her musical foundation, she spent her academic years at The Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and The Naropa Institute in Boulder,CO. Helpert's produced over 6 albums and performed in over 300 venues Internationally, from the Theater Lino Ventura in Nice, France, the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, to the OBA in Amsterdam, The Fox Theater in Boulder, Colorado, Yoshi's Jazz Club in the San Francisco bay.
In 2008, she was elected the premier Musician In Residence of Bermuda, 2013 granted audio-visual residency by Danish Art Council.   Her music has been featured in Sun Dance Film Festivals, licensed to multiple companies, on ASCAP's Podcast, Universal and Motown records. Helpert is an adept spoken word poet, dancer, beat-boxer, painter/illustrator, music teacher and novelist additionally to being a performing composer. She sings tributes internationally to Billie Holiday and other legends of jazz music. She has been honored to collaborate and/or record with Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon), Tim Luntzel (Norah Jones, Bright Eyes, Bill Frisell), Mat Maneri, Marco Benevento (Phish, Ween, Matt Chamberlain), The Slip (Natalie Merchant), Garrett Sayers (The Motet), Ross Martin, Todd Lombardo (Taylor Swift), Raney Empcee (Tea Leaf Green), Ky Eckhart (Garaj Mahal). Helpert is able to pick up a mic and hold a room at standstill in improvisation over a full band as well as accompany herself in utterly intricate and captivating self-composed music solo on her guitar(s).
Helpert has written over 1,000 pieces of music and is a signature Taylor Guitar artist. She is based in both North America and Europe, and currently calls Barcelona, Spain her main homebase, where she is dedicated to performing in intimate listening venues and teaching a profound method of voice to advanced music students.

Some venues wherein Leslie Helpert has performed: Ale house, Portland ME; The Living Room, New York, NY; The Playwright, Monroe, GA; Mezzane, Charleston, SC; 6 String, Cary, NC; Java House; Olde Towne Conyers, GA; The Evening Muse, Charlotte, NC; Babes, Richmond, VA; New Belmont, Norfolk, VA; AS220 Providence, RI; The Knitting Factory, New York, New York; The Larkin, Albany, NY; The Mews, Princeton MA; WPI, Worcester, MA; The Lizard Lounge, Cambridge, MA; Skidmore College; Saratoga Springs, NY; The Fire, Philadelphia, PA; UMBC, Baltimore, MD; Clemson University, Clemson, SC; Eddies Attic, Decatur, GA; Coffee Underground, Greenville, SC; Pamona College, Claremont, CA; Old Auburn Alehouse, Auburn, AL; ROOM 1026 Pensacola, FL; Mermaid Lounge, New Orleans, LA; Last Concert Cafe, Houston, TX; Stella Blue, Albuquerque, NM; Thunderbird Lounge, Taos Ski Valley, NM; Milagros, Alamosa, CO; Dulcineas, Denver, CO; Club 156, Boulder, CO; Acoustic Coffeehouse, Nederland, CO; Trilogy, Boulder, CO; The Basement, Nashville, TN; New City Cafe, Knoxville, TN; Jammin Java House, Columbia, SC: Whitfields, Waycross, GA; Dedrick House, Jacksonville, FL; Jack Rabbits, Jacksonville, FL; Sacred Grounds Coffee, Tampa, FL; Jimmy Macs, Tampa, FL; Georgia Theater, Athens, GA; Sweet Heaven, Asheville, NC; Armadillo Grill, Duke University, Durham, NC; Cellar Coffeehouse, Birmingham Southern, AL; Donis Under The Trees, Anderson, SC; Watershed, Black Mountain, NC;
Java Monkey, Atlanta, GA; Healing Arts Center, Athens, GA; Wolfs Lair Vineyard, Dobson, NC; Adirondack Mountain Music Festival, Creekside, PA; Colony Cafe, Woodstock, NY; Creekside Jamboree, Forksville, PA; Outer Banks Brewing Station, Kill Devil Hills, NC; De La Luz @ Temple Ball, Carrboro, NC; Mezzane, Charleston, SC; Athfest, Athens, GA; Burlingame, Portland, OR; Sam Bonds Garage, Eugene, OR; Rose Street House of Music, Berkeley, CA; Fais DoDo, LA, CA; Absinthe, Santa Barbara, CA; The Elbo Room, SF, CA; Shadetree Restaurant, Chico, CA; HoodFest, Hood River, WA; The White Eagle, Portland, OR; Bluebird, Nashville, TN; Caf� Coco, Nashville, TN; Third AND Lindsley, Nashville, TN; The Barley Tap Room, Knoxville, TN; The New City Caf�, Knoxville, TN; Bethel Fest, Hillsboro, NH; Club Passim, Cambridge, MA: Cafe Eleven, St. Augustine Beach, FL; Afterwords, Washington, DC; Stacatto, Washington, DC; The Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA; Harrys, NorthHampton, MA; Free Street Tavern, Portland, ME; Common Ground, Brattleborro, VT; Natick Center of Art, Natick, MA; Bard College, Annandale, NY; Coffee and Tea Room, Williamspo

Lyrics

the [blue gorgeous] escapists

Written By: lj serpentfly

you dreamt you were sucking
on the fruit of the earth
but nothing, nothing
could sate your thirst

what's worse is how
the sweet taste changed
on your strong tongue
nothing stays the same

oh i'll never look into your eyes....

you dreamt you were sucking
fruit from a gun
the one you had slung to your hip
when you were young

you raised it to the sky
like a skewer in the sun
you wanted a warm bit of an apple
but you broke your teeth
on a bullet from the battle

i want to go
& go & go
cuz baby we are noble
to be The Escapists
i want to go
& go & go
or else we'll be
like Time.
Imprisoned convicts.

You dreamt you were riding
the back of a slug
The blue gorgeous excrement
of his slowness
shined in your palm.
When you woke up
on the floor
to a drum
You knew nothing was real
now what do you feel?

Punch holes in your floor
until you punch into the dirt
you punch through all the ground
you're on the other side of the world
From San Francisco
To Montmarte
There's your heart.

You dreamt you were sucking
the fruit of the earth
nothing i mean nothing
can sate your thirst
it's a curse
your taste buds change
on your strong tongue
nothing can stay the same

Oh I wish I could
feel your hand fall
heavy asleep in mine.

Discography

2012: When Smart Girls Do Stupid Things, Whatabout Music
2009: Ulu, Whatabout Music
2008: Mixtape
2004: Cupcakes. and radishes
2002: 13 Songs
1999: A Serpentfly-Complete

Has airplay on national and international radio; has been featured on Women In Music, NPR national 80+ station show, Jazz Canarias, Chile and Spain's Radio Contrabanda, Has played live on over a dozen NPR stations, such as Boulder's KGNU, California's Humboldt County, New England Public Radio, and Athens, GA's WUGA.

Set List

Set list varies every show. Helpert crafts a set like a regional bio-dynamic farmer crafts a menu, depending on the palette and the season of both establishment and audience, as well as her personal mood. Often, Helpert will not have a set list at all. For more specific information regarding material, please feel free to personally contact leslie @ lesliehelpert@gmail.com or go to www.myspace.com/serpentfly for a taste of material apt to be performed during a Helpert set.