Helix Collective performs new concert works and media music by film, television, and video game composers from the Composers Diversity Collective.
The 10-piece film music ensemble with performs works by Pulitzer prize-winning composer Michael Abels (Omar, Get Out), four-time Emmy winning composer Vivek Maddala (The Tom and Jerry Show), Dara Taylor (The Tender Bar), Sherri Chung (Riverdale, The Red Line), Emmy-nominated composer Tony Morales (Reacher, The Endgame), Jongnic Bontemps (4400), Vidjay Beerepoot (Bruxelles), two-time Annie Award nominee Amritha Vaz (Mira, Royal Detective), Fimucité Alex North Award nominee Sid de la Cruz (Hell On The Border) and and Ghiya Rhushidat (Shadow Vaults).
Game Music by Women and BIPOC Composers
Level Up! features game music from the globally popular Assassin’s Creed and a special video feature from Riot Games to revolutionary indie games, including Telling Lies and Dungeon Defenders. The music will be played live to select game highlights throughout the show. Helix Collective and the Composers Diversity Collective created this concert featuring a roster of BIPOC and women composers, highlighting some of the biggest talents in video game music today.
Featuring video game music by composers Winifred Phillips (Assassin’s Creed Liberation), Nainita Desai (Telling Lies, Immortality), Edwin Wendler (Bladed Fury, Honor of Kings), Jessica Curry (Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs), Afshin Cohen (Dungeon Defenders), Chase Bethea (Stardander School for Witches), Sid De La Cruz (Unearthing Mars 2: The Ancient War), Min He (Zombie Rollerz), and George Shaw (Storm the Gates, Riot Games Hop On Lunar Revel 2023).
Attendees will travel through the musical worlds of games like Assassin’s Creed Liberation, set in 18th Century French Louisiana, Telling Lies with a 21st Century FBI agent piecing together a mystery and Ancient China in Bladed Fury. Helix will celebrate 2023 with Riot Games’ Hop On - Lunar Revel Cinematic, fight the undead in Zombie Rollerz, unravel the mysteries of the past in Unearthing Mars 2: The Ancient War, save the land of Etheria in Dungeon Defenders, survive the horrors of Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs, and learn how to wield magic in the Stardander School for Witches. The concert will be a sound exploration of the individual worlds of each game.
Video: Dungeon Defenders Suite
A musical story time event featuring the Click Clack Moo! series of books set to original music by Helix Collective resident composer, Phil Popham. These three original works set to the popular book series by Doreen Cronin includes Click Clack Moo, Giggle Giggle Quack, and Dooby Dooby Moo were commissioned by the West Michigan Symphony over several years. The series of concerts for children (ages 3 - 7) has been a go-to educational concert for that symphony for 10 years.
Helix Collective’s 10-piece film-music ensemble performs original soundtracks from the 1920-80s by composers from countries which formerly comprised the Soviet Union. The program presents music from iconic films including “It’s a Wonderful Life” with a score by Dimitri Tiomkin, "Man with a Movie Camera," one of the earliest depictions of the cities of Ukraine on film, “The Gadfly” with music by Dimitri Shostakovich, "The Cranes are Flying," and "The Snowstorm." Film highlights accompany the original soundtracks, songs, and the most striking musical moments from the films.
Love. Droughts. Movie Stars. Arriving from a distant land. L.A. Stories brings together local poets, writers, composers, and musicians to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Los Angeles. This music and storytelling show creates vignettes within the city about surviving and thriving in L.A. We all share this city but it looks different from every vantage point.
Ensemble: Flute, Oboe, Piano, Marimba
“—recommended for fine musicianship and beyond-the-ordinary programming.” – Audiophile Audition
All In celebrates our classical trio roots. The concert includes charming miniatures by William Grant Still, a Vaudeville-Meets-Classical trio by Madeleine Dring, and the original Pharmacy: Six Medications for flute, oboe, and piano by Phil Popham. This performance can be performed as a “choose your own adventure” with the audience selecting each movement as an item from our colorful, musical menu.
Ensemble: Flute, Oboe, Piano
“Dizzyingly virtuosic with exquisite musicianship and world-class range” -The Free Times