Ethan Helm

Lucy and Jacob Frank Fellow


Ethan is a New York City-based saxophonist and composer, existing somewhere in the space between jazz and contemporary classical music.  He performs regularly in NYC with the Balkan Peppers, the Gil Evans Project, and the Shrine Big Band, in addition to leading his own quartet, and co-leading the quintet Cowboys & Frenchmen.  He has performed at the Umbria Jazz Festival, DC Jazz Festival, and throughout the US.  In 2015, Ethan participated in the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, and often creates saxophone-centric electro-acoustic works in collaboration with choreographers.  He writes pieces for jazz ensembles, string quartets, or any other ensemble that asks.  Ethan studied jazz performance at the Eastman School of Music and New York University and will soon begin his doctoral studies at NYU.


Music created during Cycle Three: