Very exciting! Glee and Beyond #2 coming up this week at California Jazz Conservatory. Kids from 12-17, serving up music from Chaka Kahn,
Corrine Baily Rae, Cry Me a River, and more…
Come see the future!!!
A shout out about my web designer, Sundari Johansen Hurwitt. An incredible combination of intelligence, patience, gentility, open heartedness. I enjoyed every moment I spent with her. She did an awesome job with my web site,http://kenhelman.com/ and I recommend her with no reservations.In her spare time, she’s a PHD candidate in Asian and Comparative studies. Not too shabby, eh?
I’ve had a yoga practice for many years now, working with different styles, and finding different values in every one of them. I have found the practice of Iyengar Yoga one of the most valuable for singers because of the great attention to detail and precise attention on body alignment. Continue Reading
An update on Little Opera, SF. I’m working with the Wagner’s, the older kids group, aprox 6-12yrs old. I’m composer in residence, and helping shape their ideas, and things are shaping up quite well. The set is being crafted as an old haunted mansion. The libretto, at this point, features a rebellious teen, her grumpy grandfather, and lots of ghosts who are transported from room to room in a plume of smoke. Three songs have been written, and more of the libretto is in progress. The kids are smart and incredibly creative. I’m really loving the experience! It’s reminding me of a few truths about the writing process: 1.Have fun in the process 2. Brainstorming, there are no bad ideas 3. Simplicity is often best 4. working in partnership can inspire 5. When you get too “squirrelly”, jump up and down for a minute, and always take a snack break!