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Helen Money

Alison Chesley, known by her stage name Helen Money, is a classically trained cellist who draws inspiration from the likes of Pablo Casals, Shostakovich, Jimi Hendrix and The Minutemen. While attending Northwestern University, she shifted her focus from classical music to rock on instigation from singer/songwriter Jason Narducy, who was looking for a cellist with whom to perform new material. Together, they formed the band Jason & Alison, then Verbow, becoming a force on Chicago’s active club scene.

They came to the attention of Epic Records and released two recordings for the label, produced by Bob Mould and Brad Wood respectively. Alas, like many major label signings from that era they were dropped unceremoniously and disbanded. Thus began a busy period as a solo artist on Chicago’s thriving studio scene, where she played on over 100 albums, including those by Mould, Broken Social Scene, Anthrax, Mono, Russian Circles, Disturbed and Poi Dog Pondering, in addition to four solo records.

My Talent Sessions

Saturday, May 19

8:00pm EDT

Sunday, May 20

11:00am EDT