Mark Helias Mark Helias

Bassist/Composer Mark Helias has been making innovative music since beginning his career in the mid seventies. He has enjoyed long musical associations with Edward Blackwell, Anthony Davis, Dewey Redman, Ray Anderson, Don Cherry and Gerry Hemingway.

Eight albums of his music have been released since 1984, including Split Image, The Current Set (1987), Desert Blue (1989) and Attack The Future, (1992) Loopin' the Cool (1995), Fictionary (1998), Come Ahead Back (1998) and New School (2001) Verbs of Will (2003).

Mr. Helias had a seventeen year association with the great drummer Edward Blackwell, with whom he recorded two CDs. He has also collaborated for 26 years with Ray Anderson and Gerry Hemingway in the ensemble BassDrumBone. A prolific composer of small ensemble music he has composed music for short films and two feature films by director Jay Anania.

Helias has worked with numerous bands including those of Oliver Lake, Slickaphonics, Julius Hemphill, Marilyn Crispell, Arthur Blythe, Abbey Lincoln, Karrin Allison, Cecil Taylor, Barry Altschul, Don Byron, Mose Alison and Marty Ehrlich's “Dark Woods Ensemble”. In addition to his many performances on records and CDs, Mr. Helias has produced recordings for other artists on the Gramavision, Enja, New World, Arabesque, Sound Aspects, and Avant/DIW labels

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Album Safar-E-Daroon by Gordon Grdina

Safar-E-Daroon

Songlines Recordings
2020

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Album Brightness Live In Amsterdam by Kirk Knuffke

Brightness Live In...

Royal Potato Family
2020

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Album The Signal Maker by Mark Helias

The Signal Maker

Intakt Records
2015

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The Other Parade

Clean Feed Records
2011

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Strange Unison

Radio Legs
2008

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The Line Up

Clean Feed Records
2007

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