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Helen Money


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Chicago, United States (1994 – present)

Helen Money is Alison Chesley, a Chicago, United States based cellist who has become known for her unique sound and compelling stage performance. Using the tools of a lead guitarist, she channels her sensibilities and experience as a rock musician through a classical instrument. The songs are raw, melodic, and often dark, ranging from the punk-rock intensity to the minimal, hypnotic. A dark and joyful ride.

A founding member of Epic Records recording artist Verbow, Alison has opened for bands as diverse as Shellac, Earth, The Bad Plus, Huun-Huur-Tu and KTL. She has also worked and recorded with musicians such as Bob Mould, Disturbed, Anthrax, Broken Social Scene, Frank Orrall and Mono, among others.

In addition to her solo work since 1994, Chesley has composed music for film and dance, including the soundtrack to the award-winning documentary “Indestructible” and two major works for Chicago based Mordine and Company Dance Theater, “Quest” and “Time Stilled”.

Her second album, recorded with Greg Norman at Electrical Audio and mixed by Sanford Parker at Semaphore Studios was released on Table of the Elements/Radium December 2009.


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  • Nerozette

    Blew my mind yesterday. She just appeared on the stage, grabbed her cello, plugged the cable in and a mighty wall of sound came blasting out. Honestly, I couldn't keep her out of my head throughout the time Mono played. She was just brilliant. And, what's more, I got to talk to her afterwards. Such a brilliant and nice woman. Hats off to her in every way.

    18 Dec 1:14pm Reply
  • Ladariel

    В какой-то момент дажэ подумал, что это было пизже Моно.

    3 Dec 9:09pm Reply
  • metahipster

    Minsk loves you

    24 Nov 2:45pm Reply
  • Ladariel

    Incredible live.

    21 Nov 4:30pm Reply
  • pixielandjazz

    I saw her open for Sleep last night, and holy fuck this woman is amazing!

    4 Jan 6:07pm Reply
  • caro_vian

    i luv

    13 Feb 2012 Reply
  • viperetta

    simply beautiful

    7 Feb 2012 Reply
  • giga-B

    I love Helen

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    An exceptional talent. Her upcoming shows with Shellac will be incredible. Jealous.

    28 Jul 2011 Reply
  • runout_groove

    Helen Money plays the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival in London curated by Portishead this July- on sale from Line-up features PJ Harvey, Grinderman, Swans, Beach House, Liars, Caribou, DOOM, Company Flow, The Books, Factory Floor, Beak>, DD/MM/YYYY, Foot Village, The Telescopes, The Passion Of Joan Of Arc, Anika, S.C.U.M. and many more

    6 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Vein_Shadow

    amazing, beautiful, stunning !!!!

    10 Feb 2011 Reply
  • funkeli

    good sound

    10 Apr 2010 Reply
  • xTheEnforcerx

    I just discovered her through the article in the latest issue of Decibel. I'm listening to a second song of hers and I'm just amazed how great this is. It's like the Leviathan Tribute, but better.

    4 Dec 2009 Reply