HELENE AMELIA ROSA JANK
'This power woman is a very multi-talented multi-instrumentalist.
Sings like an angel, plays some pretty impressive chords on that guitar
and rules her percussion set like a true queen.
This lady is a groove machine and she shines...
her light makes me shine too. True talent does that.
Helene Amelia is an internationally renown innovative artist - vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and musical conceptual artist.
Helene Amelia Jank is born into a musical family in East-Berlin, where she followed music education from a young age. In pursue of her passion for Brazilian Music she moves to Salvador- Brazil, where she gained musical and cultural traditional knowledge which formed her coming path. Back in Berlin, Helene Amelia was invited to performed amongst others with vocalist Bobby Mc Ferrin and percussionist Evelin Glennie at the Waldbuehne Berlin.
To deepen her musical quest Helene Amelia later moved to London were she collaborated with STOMP Ldt London Ambassadors Theatre. Since living in Amsterdam, Helene Amelia's work is expressed in a wide spectrum of transdisciplinary collaborations.
She holds a Bachelor in percussion & voice of the World Music Academy in Codarts, NL and a Master in ‘Improvised Music for Vocals’, Bruckner University Linz. Jank studied theater and dance at the AHK (Amsterdam), PSA (Paris) and with Cedric Charron (Jan Fabre) and Arthur Rosenfeld (Pina Bausch).
She has been creating performances amongst others with Sali Betinzane (Syria/ Austria), MAAS Theatre Company Rotterdam (Arthur Rosenfeld), De Stilte and LICHTBENDE Contemporary Visual Theatre Company Amsterdam (Rob Logister/ Marie Raemakers).
Besides creating her own ensemble "Amelia Jank & Jack Soul Samba" she joined the national tour of Senf Theatre's production "Here, There and Everywhere" in 2010. In 2012 Helene joined MAAS Theater and Dance Company and The Lichtbende Theatre Company, collaborates and performs with them on a regular basis. From 2015-2016 she has been a member of the cast in Stomp, Ambassadors Theatre – London. Helene has worked as a composer for the productions ‘Crimson Soil’ (Sali Betinzane), ‘Wild Thing’ MAAS Theatre Company (the Netherlands), “TUTU” Lichtbende Projection Theatre and the musical ensembles Ot Azoj, Nelson Faria (Brazil) and others. With the band Zulemax, Helene performed at Montreux Jazz Festival (2014) in Switzerland and she's recorded “Zulemax llegó” (2012), with original composition arranged by Cuban Grammy Award holder Joaquin Betancourt. In 2016 and 2017 Helene Amelia is asked to collaborate with Lichtbende Productions to create and perform in the contemporary performance "WEERLICHT", where she arranges and composes for the Nederlandse Zangtheater. In 2018 she tours the Netherlands with Izaline Calister in the show "Latin Diva" and collaborates with percussionist Alua Nascimento to create the program "Sound". In 2019 she is asked to co-create a theatre piece for the dance company De Stilte, "Do-Re-Mi-Ka-Do - the colour of sound" which premieres the same year and was sold to the most renown international youth-dance theatre festivals including 'Dance Umbrella London', IPAY Philadephia USA, 'Visioni' Bologna ao. Helene is a world citizen, having mastered various styles of performance & music and is speaking six different languages fluently.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF 'SOUNDS'
CONCEPT OF BODY MUSIC
In the program 'SOUNDS', Vocalist Helene Amelia Jank and Percussionist Alua Nascimento create a unique concept, combining the best of two worlds.
“Striking is this multi-talented artist who played both vocally and instrumentally at a very high level.”
"Présence, fraîcheur et qualité musicale”
Montreux Jazz Festival
Jazz @ Helmholzplatz Berlin
Live Concert on Improvised Compositions Berlin
Amelia Jank - Vocals, Electronics
Greg Smith - Drums
Martin Buhl Staunstrop - Bass
Eldar Tsalikov - Clarinet, Flute, Sax, Piano
WORK WITH DANCE AND THEATRE
“Onder aanvoering van de jonge getalenteerde Helene Jank weten de danseressen overal beweging, geluid en ritme uit te halen.”
Since 2010 Helene Amelia Jank makes theatre pieces, performs in some of them or composes the music for pieces. Since 2013 Helene Amelia Jank has further developed the concept of integrating musical parameters as the leading dramaturgy in her creating, leaving a recognizable trademark in her pieces.
BOOKINGS WORLDWIDE & THE NETHERLANDS:
Karin Kranenborg (Amsterdam Art Collective)
+31 (0) 6 15675036