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Heliotrope

Heliotrope

Heliotrope


There are three performers that go by the name "Heliotrope," one an Early Music ensemble, one an European techno solo artist, and the other a Japanese band. 1.Heliotope is a California-based Early Music ensemble that performs medieval chant, polyphonic choral music, and instrumentals under the leadership of Joyce Todd (later Joyce Todd-McBride). Their first cd, The Romance Of The Rose - Feminine Voices From Medieval France, was released in 1995 and featured songs composed by Read more on Last.fm
There are three performers that go by the name "Heliotrope," one an Early Music ensemble, one an European techno solo artist, and the other a Japanese band. 1.Heliotope is a California-based Early Music ensemble that performs medieval chant, polyphonic choral music, and instrumentals under the leadership of Joyce Todd (later Joyce Todd-McBride). Their first cd, The Romance Of The Rose - Feminine Voices From Medieval France, was released in 1995 and featured songs composed by, for, and about women, particularly songs in the French troubadour tradition of the 11th through 13th centuries. It was followed in 1998 by The Fire and the Rose: Aquitanian Chant & Polyphony, a cd of thirteen 12th-century French songs dedicated to the Virgin Mary. A third album, In Time of Daffodils: Songs of the Trobairitz, was released in 2003.

("Trobairitz" were female troubadours from the Occitan region of southern France.) Heliotrope has had a variable lineup. Performers include Joyce Todd (soprano, percussion, harp), Natalie Cox (harp), Shira Kammen (vielle, rebec, voice, harp), Kit Robberson (vielle), Kim Swatsler (hurdy-gurdy, monochord), David Tayler (oud), Stephanie Prewitt (alto), Danny Johnson (tenor), Temmo Korisheli (tenor), Roy Whelden (vielle), Tom Chandlers (bells, oud)], Ethan James (hurdy-gurdy), Tobias Roberson (percussion). 2.The man behind Heliotrope is M. Selmer. Born 1971 in a small town approx 60 km west of Copenhagen in Denmark. His interest in music started as a young boy, when he started listening to the Danish radio guru Kim Schumacher who were one of the first DJs in Denmark to introduce House music.

In around 1987 he bought a Commodore 64 computer which he made his first very simple tracks on. At the same time he started DJing in a mobile discotheque and at the local radio station, but he just felt an urge to make more music himself. After replacing the C-64 with the Amiga 500 computer, he bought a 4 track tape recorder, a drum machine and a keyboard and soon after his first "real" sampler - the Ensoniq EPS-16. After a year he started to make more serious techno on more professional equipment. At this moment Heliotrope is the main project for the Danish electronic artist, but he still has some old side projects called Skylab Dahlia, Ginkgo Groover and Quite Explicit. In 1998 Heliotrope was signed to Hypnotic Records - a division of Cleopatra - which lead to a two-track 12-inch vinyl release and a feature on compilation. In 2000 he started his own label Skylab Music from where he has released his music since. 3. heliotrope is a three-piece musical outlet from Japan.

Members are Keiko Kobayashi (Vocals, Piano), Shingo Nakazawa (Drum), and Tomoaki Sato (bass). Their music can be characterized as a combination of delicate piano with math-y progression, delicious basslines, dynamic drumming and (sometimes) minimalistic approach akin to post-rock, with lyrics delivered through Keiko's quirky vocals. They have released one single (Tsumiki / Ookina Yoji ga Futtekite) and one album (Daijobu, Kimi nara.), both released in late 2015. Read more on Last.fm.

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