Lena is led by vocalist/composer Helen Catanchin, whose compositional themes run the gamut from grief, insomnia, fear and decay to courage, hope, odes to Spring and of course, love. A highly expressive jazz singer with several scholarships, awards and a Masters in Music Performance to her name, Helen formed Lena as an outlet for her most honest, inquiring and genre-elusive works. From a childhood surrounded by European classical music, traditional Romanian folk and 80s/90s pop, to extensive formal study of jazz and its offshoots, her lifelong passion for music of all kinds has led her to a style that is her own.
Lena features Catanchin with long-time collaborators Christian Meyer (guitar) and Sheehan (piano/Rhodes/melodica), along with Philip Rex (bass) and a revolving drum chair that has been occupied by Dave Beck, Danny Farrugia, James McLean and Hugh Harvey among others.
Some of My Parts (2015) is Lena’s exciting debut EP release, which features several of Helen’s earliest compositions, as well as unique and inventive arrangements of two beautiful covers. Melodic and reflective, lush, tender and at times raw, this intensely personal music gives insight into her inner world.
“An impressive debut. There’s a purity and believability in the voice that should make its mark on the Australian music scene.” - Mal Stanley, ABC’s Jazztrack
Some of My Parts can be purchased here.