Hélène Martin

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Hélène Martin
Born1928 (age 90–91)
Paris, France
GenresChanson
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1956 (1956)–2009 (2009)
Labels
Websitewww.helene-martin.com

Hélène Martin (French: [elɛn maʁtɛ̃], born 1928) is a French singer and songwriter. She was born in Paris.

Biography[edit]

Martin is the daughter of a university teacher (Sciences Po), and started singing in cabarets in the fifties.[1] In 1962, she recorded poems by Jean Genet who encouraged her.[1] Jean Vilar asked her to stage a show based on poems by René Char for the Festival d'Avignon, interpreted by her and Roger Blin, Francesca Solleville, Bachir Touré (1966).[1] She was a friend of many poets and writers, including Louis Aragon and Jean Giono. Surrealist poet Philippe Soupault published a book on her and her work.[2]

She created a TV serie dedicated to poetry, Plain-Chant (1972).[3] She also directed a TV movie after Jean Giono's novel Jean le Bleu (1979).[4] In 2009, aged 81, she gave a last performance at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • 1996: Hélène Martin chante les poètes, EPM Musique. Songs recorded 1962-1983, with Laurent Terzieff.
  • 2000: La Douceur du bagne, book & CD, EPM/Le Castor astral[6]
  • 2002: Le Condamné à mort, sung by Marc Ogeret, music Hélène Martin, recorded 1970, EPM "poètes et chansons".
  • 2003: Lucienne Desnoues, reissue, EPM "poètes et chansons"
  • 2006: Jean Genet, Un chant d'amour, Buda Musique, with Richard Armstrong.
  • 2006: Chansons pour les enfants, EPM Musique, 2006.[7]
  • 2006: Va savoir, EPM[8]
  • 2007: Pablo Neruda, de la poésie à la lutte. Includes L'Elégie à Pablo Neruda sung by Hélène Martin.
  • 2007: Terres mutilées followed by Dans mon pays, poems by René Char, 1968, reissue, EPM "Poésie".[9]
  • 2008: Journal d'une voix, Des femmes-Antoinette Fouque.[10]
  • 2009-2010: Voyage en Hélénie, 13-CD case.[11]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Véronique Mortaigne. Hélène Martin : entre les mots et la musique. Le Monde. 8 September 2009. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  2. ^ Philippe Soupault, Alain Dran. Hélène Martin: choix de chansons, discographie, portraits, présentation. Paris: Seghers, 1974.
  3. ^ Plain-chant. Imdb. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  4. ^ Jean le Bleu. Imdb. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  5. ^ François Delétraz. L'avantage de l'âge. Le Figaro. 11 September 2009. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  6. ^ Ludovic Perrin. Hélène Martin: livre-disque "La Douceur du bagne". Libération. 16 May 2000. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  7. ^ Hélène Martin / Chansons pour les enfants. EPM Musique. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  8. ^ Hélène Martin / Va savoir. EPM Musique. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  9. ^ René Char / Hélène Martin. EPM Musique. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  10. ^ Journal d'une voix. Editions Des Femmes Publisher. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  11. ^ Hélène Martin / Voyage en Hélénie. EPM Musique. Accessed on line 7 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Award winners at the 14th Grand Prix de l'Humour Noir Xavier Forneret, Paris, 30th October 1967". Getty Images. Accessed on line 11 February 2018.