Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Stars of the 1980s: Z-Helene

My post on Suraiya of Poland was inspired by a misfired practise session with Fiona, where we wound up just looking at YouTube clips in a game of "Have you seen this?" This involved looking sharing "secret stars": well-known dancers who could and should have even bigger fan bases.

Here's Fiona's "Have you seen this?" star, Z-Helene of Austin, Texas. I had never heard of her before, and it's a total wonder. No less a personage than Mahmoud Reda described her as "one of the most exceptional finger cymbal players I have ever seen", so she's earned her rep as "the Jimi Hendrix of zills."

Here she is with her husband and drummer, Mr Rick Fink. Secure your helmet, because it's an incoming zagat attack:

And here she is elegantly demonstrating sensual, not sleazy:

Apart from her zills skills, Z-Helene is known for getting vocal (singing, reciting poetry, doing monologues, chanting) during her performances.

1 comment:

  1. Wow, she's fabulous. I can only dream of such effortless, perfectly integrated zill playing!