Helix Collective is a Los Angeles-based ensemble that specializes in multi-media, collaborative performance and recording. Helix has released four critically acclaimed albums and has recorded the scores for over fifty films. The ensemble is at home in nightclubs and on the concert stage. Helix “has a little something for everyone: those who like their classics straight up, with a contemporary edge to it, or with populist appeal.” Called “dizzyingly virtuosic with exquisite musicianship and world-class range” by The Free Times and praised for their “beyond-the-ordinary programming,” the flexible instrumentation ensemble performs as a trio, quartet, a small chamber orchestra, and everything in between.
Variety Magazine‘s Jon Burlingame praised Helix Collective’s musical range including an “edgy chamber-music sound” to “sweetly romantic” to evoking “wide-open-spaces.”
The group founded and produces the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival, a live score-to-screen film festival that pairs film composers and indie filmmakers. Helix Collective produces Film Music Connect with SAGindie, providing independent filmmakers with original scores recorded by Helix Collective. The ensemble has performed for several live soundtrack events including Silent Films Live and the Women Composers in Media event in Los Angeles. Recent performances include Live! at Museum inLaguna, CA, Classical Revolution: L.A., Beverly Hills Music in the Mansion, and Encinitas Music by the Sea.
Helix Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a sustainable community of multi-disciplinary, multi-genre artists working together to create accessible, immersive works of art in order to bring joy, connection, solace, and understanding to a wide and diverse audience.
Helix Collective is supported, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture and a grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.
Sarah Robinson: flute & Chair of the Board
Sarah Robinson is a founding member of Helix Collective and the director of Helix Collective’s Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival. Sarah is the author of Clubbing for Classical Musicians, a guide to presenting music in alternative venues which has been called “enlightening, instructional, and inspiring.”
Sarah’s extensive film credits include the scores for over fifty films including A Fairy’s Game, The Mad Whale, and the documentaries Wild, Wild Country, Struggle, and Gold Balls. She has recorded scores for television, video games, commercials, and several albums including her solo flute album “Flaut Haus,” and the debut album of the Brendan Eder Ensemble. She has performed and recorded with a variety of film, television, and video game composers including Jeff Beal, Deborah Lurie, Jeff Russo, Laura Karpman, Eimear Noone, Julia Newman, and George S. Clinton. She holds degrees in flute performance from the Royal Northern College of Music, the University of Illinois, the University of South Carolina, and the Chicago College of Performing Arts.
Dr. Robinson has been a panelist and presenter at several conferences on the future of classical music including the 21CMPosium at DePauw University and “Are We Listening – a symposium on music, change, and challenge” at Boston University. Recent speaking engagements and workshops include visits to the Curtis Institute of Music, Peabody Conservatory, the University of Maryland – College Park, and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Sarah is a coach for iCadenza, a consulting and coaching company serving artists.
Phil Popham: oboe, conductor, composer & Executive Director / Artistic Director
Award-winning composer, conductor, and oboist Phil Popham has served numerous roles on over 50 film & TV productions, 20 symphony orchestras, 14 albums, and countless live concerts and festivals. From composing, conducting, and performing, Phil has also produced live shows and recording sessions, contracted full orchestras, produced/recorded/mixed 7 albums, and coordinated programs for four music organizations. Originally a classically trained composer/conductor/oboist, Phil holds graduate degrees in both Composition and Performance with studies in Music Industry and Production Music. In 2017, he received further media music training at Fil Eisler’s studio at Warner Brothers. He assisted in score and file preparations for seasons of Empire, Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, Unreal, and the films The Titan and Life of the Party.
As a composer, Phil has scored 8 films, repeatedly served as Composer-in-Residence of the Tahoe Chamber Music Society, Educational Composer for the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and Ensemble Composer for Helix Collective. In 2017, Phil was a Winning Composer for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival. In 2016, his work 5 Food Trucks was a winning composition for the innersOUndscapes Competition. His 2012 commission “Click Clack, Moosic” for the West Michigan Symphony led to two full seasons of sold out performances. In 2009, his work The Pharmacy was praised by the American Record Guide as a piece “any group would love to play, and any audience would love to hear.” His classical pieces have been premiered by the New World Symphony, West Michigan Symphony, Helix Collective, Accent Music, Tahoe Chamber Music Society, Classical Revolution, and numerous symphony players, and university faculty members and ensembles worldwide. In 2011, he led the creation and development of the Club Classical music genre with Helix Collective’s World Dance Club, Cocktail Stories, and Classical Revolution chapters nationwide.
Phil has conducted on 11 film scores, including the award-winning soundtrack The Bag and the Bike. In 2018, he became the conductor for the Los Angeles Live Score Film Festival (one year after participating as a Winning Composer) and will be the conductor for the 2019 show 8bit8. He has also conducted numerous world premieres of his works. These include the sold-out performances of Click, Clack, Moosic with the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and concerts with Classical Revolution: Los Angeles.
Phil may be heard on oboe & English horn on over 30 film and television soundtracks, including Planet Earth II, Impossible, Asterix and Obelix: IV, Emo Dad, Princess Cyd, Soar, Toxic Temptation, The Mad Whale, The Wars of Other Men, Spike TV’s Tut, and USA Network’s The Moment. Abroad, he is the English hornist for the West Michigan Symphony. He also served as English horn for nine years with the Midland Symphony Orchestra and six years as Second Oboe/English horn of the Traverse Symphony Orchestra. Phil is also Co-Founder/Oboe of the Helix Collective and Classical Revolution: Los Angeles. He has also performed with the Golden State Pops, L.A. Virtuosi, Hollywood Chamber Orchestra, Hollywood Film Orchestra, Orchestra Santa Monica, LA Sinfonietta, and the Southeast, Los Angeles, New Valley, Grand Rapids, New World, South Bend, and Jackson Symphonies. In 2013, his music publishing company PapaPhats’ Music Society released the oboe excerpt book Our TIme: The Best Oboe & English Horn Solos You’re NOT Playing.
A 2001 graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Music (as a student of Joseph Turner), Phil served that year as Principal Oboe of the Annapolis Opera Orchestra and was awarded the conservatory’s Lynn Taylor Hebden Prize in Performance. After one year of study in Chicago with Grover Schiltz at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Phil won the position of English horn for the Midland Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, Phil continued study ay University of Southern California with Joel Timm.
In 2013, Phil founded Phat Yak Records, the first Club Classical record label. Since its inception, the label has released 6 albums, including the critically-acclaimed World Dance Club by Helix Collective. Two albums have been released in the summer of 2018. Helix Collective’s third album L.A. Stories is a mixed classical-spoken word program featuring Los Angeles composers and authors. The popular album Flaut Haus was released in September of 2018 and features Clubbing for Classical Musicians author Sarah Robinson performing a flute club-set which she premiered on her 2017 national tour.
Kathryn Eames, piano
Pianist Kathryn Eames completed her Doctoral studies at the University of Southern California, where she studied with Professor Bernadene Blaha. She also completed minors in Harpsichord performance with Dr. Lucinda Carver, as well as music theory, and music technology. Dr. Eames earned her masters degree at USC, and was named the Outstanding Graduate of the masters program at Thornton upon her completion. In her undergraduate degree, she also earned a minor in Linguistics and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa honors society. During her graduate studiesat the Thornton School, Kathryn served as an assistant lecturer, teaching group and applied piano to both music majors and beginners.
Kathryn enjoys an active career in Los Angeles as a soloist, collaborative pianist, and orchestral keyboardist. She has performed under the baton of such notable conductors as John Williams, James Conlon, David Newman, Gerard Schwarz, and Carl St. Clair, and given solo and chamber concerts throughout Southern California. Her recordings have been featured on KUSC 91.5’s Thornton Center Stage.
Dr. Eames has been on the faculty of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music since 2014, where she teaches piano and music theory.
ADDITIONAL HELIX MUSICIANS
Ben Powell, Maksim Velichkin, Boryana Popova, Kim Hain, BJ Johnson
Ro Rowan, Christin Phelps Webb, Preston Shepard, Aaron Smith, Freddy Hernandez
THE HELIX BOARD
In addition to Board Chair Sarah Robinson and Executive Director Phil Popham, the Helix board consists of the following stellar people and professionals:
Carla Hill, Board of Directors
“For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt the power of the arts in my life and the impact it had on me and others – as an actor, an audience member, and eventually as an arts leader.”
My love of the arts led to a 30-year career in arts and nonprofit administration. The raw, organic life behind the scenes has always been as fascinating to me as being onstage. This influenced my work with the Omaha Symphony (NE); Columbus Symphony Orchestra (OH); and most recently the West Michigan Symphony (Muskegon, MI). Many people play a role in the success of a performance — or an organization — from the ticket office to the volunteers, from the stage manager to the production crew, from the artistic team to the administrative team. Nothing could be more true: “All the world’s a stage.”
I love big projects! During my 12 years as President/CEO of the West Michigan Symphony I looked for a project that would capture the imagination of the community — something innovative, exciting, and unexpected. I found the opportunity in an historic downtown building that was in rough shape but had great potential. I took the risk, created the vision, and was the driving force in building The Block, an intimate 1,800 sq. ft. performance space. Audiences were diverse in response to our accessible/inspirational concerts presented in a space that was welcoming and inclusive. Several of our concerts included outstanding performances by the adventurous music ensemble, Helix Collective!
In 2017 I moved to Bozeman, Montana to be close to family and to explore new ideas. I’m now involved in my new community and have also launched a consulting business that reflects on where I’ve been, what I’ve accomplished, and how that now informs my work helping to connect arts and non-profit organizations with community.
I’m looking forward to collaborating with Helix Collective as a board member as they continue to represent a diverse set of artists and perform in spaces that are welcoming and inclusive to the communities around them. That fits beautifully with my vision and mission!
Susan Robinson, Board of Directors
Susan Robinson is happily retired after a thirty year career in finance at Macy’s. She is a member of the percussion section of the Sycamore Community Band and has served on the board of the Cincinnati Opera. Other volunteer activities include the Cincinnati Area Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and its recent refugee resettlement project and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program of United Way and the IRS. Susan loves to hike and travel, especially in and around L.A. She is married to Jim and they have three daughters.
Brittany Gash, Board of Directors
Brittany A. Gash has been in Marketing and Development for just over a decade and has a great passion for the arts. A storyteller – she considers it her job to shape honest, engaging, provocative, inspiring, and motivating narratives, that show the community why they should invest in the art being produced in Los Angeles. Her philosophy is that well-planned strategies and relationship building are the keys to long-term patron loyalty, a strong brand identity, increased revenues, and community engagement.
She has spent the majority of her career as an independent consultant within the nonprofit arts and has had the pleasure of working with a variety of arts organizations from theatre and music, to dance, visual art, and film. Some of her most notable clients include LA County Arts Commission, Ford Theatres, Brazilian Nites Productions, The Da Camera Society, Hollywood Fringe Festival, Towne Street Theatre and many more. She specializes in brand management, digital marketing, donor cultivation, social media, public relations, and fundraising. In her free time, she also offers a variety of consultation and coaching services for independent artists and enjoys teaching courses on Public Relations, Social Media, and Branding.
Brittany received her MBA from the University of Maryland and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, with a Public Relations emphasis from California State University, Northridge. She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Emerging Arts Leader/Los Angeles, and the Boards of the Jane Austen Society of North America/Southwest and Helix Collective. To learn more about Brittany visit her website at www.BrittanyGash.com.