HÉLÈNE RENAUT – Local Recording Artist Tonight At The Adobe Book Shop

Also appearing – CHLOE MAKES MUSIC and THE WOODLANDS

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By Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Fine Arts Critic
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Tonight at 8:00 – French chanteuse and local recording artist HÉLÈNE RENAUT will be appearing in the “Backroom Gallery” of one of The City’s most favorite hang-outs, the ADOBE BOOK SHOP. Located at 3166 16th Street between Guerrero and Valencia, the popular previously-owned bookstore has been an active supporter of the art and literary scene for the last 20 years, hosting a wide range of free literary, music and art events, including monthly art openings. “I wandered in there when a wee tourist,” says Hélène, “finding her way through the city, and made friends with Andrew McKinnley while falling in love with the ramshackle heaps of books and the comfortably worn armchairs. You can count on this place to hold you for a while.”

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HÉLÈNE RENAUT

“It will be with CHLOE MAKES MUSIC and THE WOODLANDS, a sweet duo traveling form Portland. Chloe and I are preparing some collaborations, so be ready for some vocal harmonies and strange instruments. Come early to check out everyone, it will be over by 10:30. Bring wine, beer or some snacks and find a place to sit by a pile of books – you’re set!”

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THE ADOBE BOOK SHOP

ABOUT HÉLÈNE RENAUT:
Raised on the green and rocky coast of Brittany, France, Hélène Renaut now claims another coast, that of San Francisco, as home. As the leader of the group BEAM, she recorded a self titled record (released on Antenna Farm Records in 2003), and has also collaborated on various projects: violin and string arrangement contribution to folk pop duo Willow Willow (Mod Lang Records), vocal appearance on soul indie funk act Honeycut’s The Day I Turned To Glass (Quannum), original music for theater production of THE FALSE SERVANT (Marivaus) and THE GREEN BIRD (Carlo Gozzi), etc. She is now performing and recording under her own name with rotating guest musicians. Live and on records, the music oscillates between gentle folk, British-influenced pop, and compositions that come closer to a song-poem. Listen and you will be met by a unique harmonic flair, lyrics fished out of the memory of dreams and trees, deer and bees, a captivating French-accented voice, and melodies that have been compared to a paintbrush on figure skates for their beautiful shapes.

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Following the self released 2004 PERFECTION’S SOMEWHERE NEAR YOUR BONES, a new album is soon to see the light of day – recorded by Jason Quever of Papercuts. It boasts contributions by Jasmyn Wong and Donovan Quinn of the Skygreen Leopards, long time collaborator Matt Montgomery, Mr. Quever himself, as well as members of the Mumlers. A split 7-inch with Emily Scott will come out on Autumn Ferment Records later this year. In the meantime, UK listeners have been made aware of one song as part of the ground breaking compilation, “We Are All Circling The Stars” (Cosmos Recordings, February 2008).

Click on the titles to sample Hélène’s original songs:
BUMBLEBEE
THE DEER CONVENTION
THE WISDOM OF THE DOVE
THE WAY YOU LOOKED AT ME
TO BE A CHILD
L’AMOUR LA POÉSIE

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Seán Martinfield is a native San Franciscan. He is a Theatre Arts Graduate from San Francisco State University, a professional singer, and well-known private vocal coach to Bay Area actors and singers of all ages and persuasions. His clients have appeared in Broadway National Tours including Wicked, Aïda, Miss Saigon, Rent, Bye Bye Birdie, in theatres and cabarets throughout the Bay Area, and are regularly featured in major City events including Diva Fest, Gay Pride, and Halloween In The Castro. As an Internet consultant in vocal development and audition preparation he has published thousands of responses to those seeking his advice concerning singing techniques, professional and academic auditions, and careers in the Performing Arts. Mr. Martinfield’s Broadway clients have all profited from his vocal methodology, “The Belter’s Method”, which is being prepared for publication. If you want answers about your vocal technique, post him a question on AllExperts.com. If you would like to build up your vocal performance chops and participate in the Bay Area’s rich theatrical scene, e-mail him at: sean.martinfield@comcast.net.

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