When his schedule allows, he withdraws into a solo mode, exploring the sounds of his instrument without the noise and clutter of a band. As Helias explained it in an interview, "I'm still working on developing a basic, simple arco sound or a simple pizzicato sound. I think there is a whole world in there amidst all the other stuff, just the beauty of the sound, when one note can wipe people out." He will perform alone at Kerrytown Concert House on November 8.
[Originally published in November, 2010.]