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Helder Deploige is a Belgian multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and actor, currently based in Oslo (NO) and Ghent (BE).

He's been playing and composing on acoustic and electric guitar, 5-string banjo, ukelele, mandolin, balalaika, accordion, harmonica, piano, drums, upright and electric bass and more, with some of Belgium's finest bands like Sukilove, Het Zesde Metaal, The Rhythm Junks. He's been producing and recording work for bands like Madensuyu, Kommil Foo and Berlaen, often playing, recording, arranging and mixing every single instrument himself. And he has been working internationally as a performing artist and composer in theatre, music theatre and dance theatre, with companies like Nie (GB/CZ/NO), Kopergietery (BE), Riksteatern (SE).

 

Last but not least, Helder released the album trilogy The King Lost His Crown (Lowlands 2003), The Ceiling Is Not The Sky (Lowlands 2006) and The Rhythm Of Change (Rough Trade 2012) as one-man-band Helder on his one-man-label Jarko. Singularly, he composed, produced, arranged, mixed and played every instrument, featuring guests like Steven De bruyn, Pascal Deweze and Trixie Whitley. He's been recording in bedrooms, hotels and home studios across Belgium, Morocco, New York and Norway. The albums were critically acclaimed by Belgian and Dutch press, and were labeled as singer/songwriter, rootspop, americana, alternative...

 

Currently, one-man-band Helder is experimenting as a trio featuring Lara Rosseel on double bass and vocals, Arne Leurentop on violin, piano and vocals, and Helder on vocal, guitar, banjo, ukelele and percussion. They will be trying out new work during 2018. 

Previously, Helder's been backed up by a variety of brilliant musicians and bands: Jan Goossens, Govert Deploige, Frederik Heuvinck, Pieter Van Buyten, Tim Coenen, Mario Goossens, Yannick Uyttenhove, Jeroen Tilkin, Gino Geudens, Antoon Offeciers, Sjoerd Bruil, Bart Buls, Niels Verheest, Arne Leurentop, Bert Huysentruyt, Stoffel Verlackt...