Helen Papaioannou is a Sheffield-based composer and performer of baritone/alto saxophone & electronics. She loves to create maximal impact from modest means, often via slowly evolving patterns and drones, eking out intensity from repetitive rhythms and a reduced sound palette. Helen also has a fascination with the dynamics of group interaction and has collaborated with a variety of performers and ensembles.
Helen performs solo as Kar Pouzi on baritone sax and electronics. Garlic Hug, her duo with Alessandro Altavilla, combines a playground of instruments and approaches to performance, from improvisations with found recordings, to wonky instrumental duos, to ritualistic coding psalms. Helen improvises and performs with various collaborators, and has played as one third of the bands Beauty Pageant and HOKKETT. Helen also teaches composition and gives workshops in a variety of settings, often focusing on gameplay & group dynamics.