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Helen Davey: projects



Live "Sound-Paintings" in dialogue with other artists' works

I'm fascinated by the intersection between the art forms and our interactions with that place. When there, I love to create my perception of the essence of an artwork; I call these musickings "Sound-Paintings". I perform Sound-Paintings in galleries, concert venues and at private functions. Anywhere people are wanting to deepen their engagement with artworks or hear a shared story come to life musically.

The Salon Series is an ongoing project I began in 2009, working with other artists from different art-forms. Their art, my music. To date I've had salons with writers, poets, dancers, photographers, painters, mixed media and theatre artists. Below is an excerpt from my 2012 Salon Series with Dutch artist Petrus Spronk (Video by Marc Eiden): 

Petrus shares his story to live audience from ABC Open Ballarat on Vimeo.




Music in direct response to different artists' work

Documented as a regular online cross-arts event from November 2013, this project explores my musical interpretations to a wide variety of artforms. The styles of music vary to evoke the essense of each selected artwork.

Project 52 Sound-Paintings is documented in two places:
1. Just music and artworks here
2. in full (music, art and notes from the artists) here.




 Interactive  Improvised  theatre

Playback Theater lädt ein, inne zu halten und einen fremden Blick auf Altbekanntes zu werfen. Unvermittelt erhalten erinnerte und erzählte Geschichten im improvisierten Spiel auf der Bühne eine neue Dimension. Die stimmige Musik, ein treffendes Wort, eine ausdrucksstarke Geste bringen bisher verdeckte Elemente unvermittelt ans Licht.

Wir improvisieren frei, ohne jede Absprache unter SchauspielerInnen und MusikerInnen. Diesem Mix zwischen persönlicher Auseinandersetzung, sozialem Engagement und künstlerischem Anspruch gilt unsere Passion.





lyrical... evocative... filmic... 


Lyrisch, evocativ, filmisch, Fleurs de Sel erforschen Musik für Klavier, Akkordeon, Saxofon und Stimme an den Grenzen von Neoklassik, Jazz und World-Folk.
Ruth Bieri (Klavier, Saxofon, Akkordeon)
Helen Davey (Stimme, Klavier, Akkordeon)
Fleurs de Sel Videos:
Bach's Boots


RUTH BIERI: piano, accordion, saxophone

HELEN DAVEY: voice, piano, accordion




poetic world-folk with a contemporary twist.

As a song writer, I enjoy accessing a BIG palette of tone colours. For this project, I sought multi instrumentalists who have worked in a range of music traditions, so we could tackle that palette. I have been blessed to work with two wonderful Swiss musicians who meet this need: David Aebli (upright bass, mandolin, bouzouki, guitar) and percussionist, Ferdi Rauber (tabla, udu, gongs, many “nature sounds“ and didgeridoo)




free improvisation - experimental music

Celebrating tension, distension, dis-allsorts of things...Lotte and Leni are Brigitte Meyer (cello, guitar & vox) & Helen Davey (prepared piano, accordion, percussion & vox) working in the improvised realm with two voices and quite some strings amongst other things.