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Helen Avakian  ... is a Singer-Songwriter performing Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic, and New Age music.

Ambient pop music with new age elements from singer/songwriter/guitarist voted No. 1 Acoustic Act 4 times (Rhythm and News Magazine Poll). Influences from Heart to Suzanne Vega to Ralph Towner.

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Contact Info
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Website: helenavakian.com/
Email
Phone: (845) 797-6461
PO Box 1571 Pleasant Valley NY 12569

Calendar for Helen Avakian
Saturday
February 24
3:30 pm
to
4:45 pm
Private Wedding Ceremony
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Covers. Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar
Goodman Community Center
149 Waubesa St
Madison, WI   See Map
Dave and I will play the wedding couple's favorite popular and classical music as guitar instrumentals including Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheerhan.
Saturday
March 3
2:00 pm
to
4:00 pm
Guitar Workshop-Visualizing the Fretboard
with Jim Scott, Jim Scott
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and New Age. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Our Home
email a reservation for address
Sun Prairie, WI   See Map
It gives Dave and me great pleasure to present singer/songwriter/virtuoso guitarist Jim Scott from Boston in a guitar workshop at our home in Sun Prairie!

Demystifying the theory for all players, novice to advanced. Learn a lot about the guitar in a short time. Jim demonstrates his approach to visualizing the fret-board and finding “where the notes are,” with humor and with a unique memory device. Focusing on expression and collaboration at every step, Jim leads improvisations (games) with chords and scales good for players of all levels and musical styles. From a decade with the Paul Winter Consort and classical background to his career as composer and singer songwriter, Jim Scott’s command of harmony and finger-style guitar technique moved Folk legend Pete Seeger to call him “some kind of magician.”

Suggested Donation $40 If you wish to attend both workshop and concert suggested donation is $50. All proceeds go to Jim Scott to support his midwestern tour.
Saturday
March 3
7:00 pm
House Concert
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Jim Scott
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and New Age. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Our Home
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Sun Prairie, WI   See Map
It gives Dave and me great pleasure to present singer/songwriter/virtuoso guitarist Jim Scott from Boston in a house concert at our home in Sun Prairie! Dave and I will perform an opening set.

For more than three decades, Jim Scott has inspired and educated audiences around the world. In solo performances, Jim Scott provides a large and varied repertoire of songs on themes of peace, justice, and care for the earth. With virtuoso guitar work, a clear voice, and an easy, honest presence, he delivers his musical message straight to minds and hearts. Stylistically, Jim appeals to diverse audiences, drawing on jazz, world folk music, and his classical background.

Pot Luck Refreshments 5:30, Show Time 7 Suggested Donation is $15 All proceeds go to Jim Scott to support his midwestern tour. Please give what you can.
Saturday
March 17
3:00 pm
Wedding
with Helen Avakian, Terry Champlin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Classical/Opera. Fingerstyle Guitar
Norwalk Inn
Norwalk, CT   See Map
Terry and I will perform for a long time songwriter friend's wedding, music custom tailored for the event.
Sunday
March 25
2:00 pm
to
3:00 pm
Music Student Recital
with Music Students of Helen Avakian and Others
Acoustic, Classical/Opera, and Singer-Songwriter. Rock, Folk
Middleton Public Library, Downstairs Community Roo
7425 Hubbard Ave
Middleton, WI   See Map
Students of all ages and experience levels will perform music on guitar, voice, keyboard and drums. Performers will be students of mine and other Guitar Center Middleton instructors. Music form classical to popular and original. Open to the public, free admission.
Friday
March 30
7:30 pm
to
10:30 pm
Acoustic Americana
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Gray Dog Deli
215 High St
Mineral Point, WI   See Map
Dave and I will perform acoustic guitar based original songs and instrumentals plus selected covers in this historic and picturesque southern WI town. Looking forward to returning to this wonderful coffee house listening room venue. (608) 987-4000
Friday
April 6
7:00 pm
In Concert
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12737 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL   See Map
Looking forward to our first performance on Florida's west side! We will be performing our acoustic guitar based songs and instrumentals, originals and selected covers. Admission $10
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Saturday
April 7
1:00 pm
to
4:00 pm
Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Daryl Shawn
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12737 Tamiami Trail
North Port, FL   See Map
Daryl, Dave and I will teach some fingerstyle and other guitar and music techniques and do a little performing. Excited to do with with ace fingerstyle guitarist/composer, Daryl Shawn from Pittsburgh!
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Saturday
April 7
7:00 pm
Saturday Concert
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Chuck Williams
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar
All Faiths Unitarian Congregation
2756 McGregor Boulevard
Fort Meyers, FL   See Map
Delighted to be part of this singer/songwriter series celebrating original music!
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Sunday
April 8
10:30 am
Sunday Service
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Meyers
13411 Shire Lane
Fort Meyers, FL   See Map
Dave and I will perform 3 musical pieces.
Saturday
April 14
7:00 pm
to
9:00 pm
Books and Bets
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
Fitchburg Public Library
5530 Lacy Rd
Fitchburg, WI   See Map
Guests will enjoy gambling at 19 casino tables, listening to live music (Dave and me), and participating in a raffle and a wine pull. Proceeds will benefit the library! Sponsored by Friends of the Fitchburg Library. Tickets are $50 per person, available before the event and at the door. Doors open at 6:30.
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Wednesday
June 6
12:00 pm
to
12:45 pm
Lunch and Listen
with Helen Avakian, Terry Champlin
Acoustic. classical guitar
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Corner of Mill and Katherine Streets
Poughkeepsie, NY   See Map
classical and Flamenco guitar duets, a few vocal songs refreshments after, free admission (845) 452-6050
Saturday
June 23
5:15 pm
to
6:15 pm
Wedding Ceremony
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Pop/Soft Rock. Fingerstyle Guitar
Geneva Yacht Club
1250 South Lake Shore Dr
Fontana-On-Geneva Lake, WI   See Map
Music specifically tailored for this couple's special day.
Saturday
June 30
9:00 pm
Starry Night After Hours Performance
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar, Virtuouso Guitar
TBA
Madison, NY   See Map
I am honored to be included in the inaugural season of LunArt Festival Madison, celebrating women in the arts! I will perform a set of my original acoustic guitar based songs and instrumentals with Dave Irwin. It will likely be a split bill with the other performer TBA. LunArts is looking for donors. More info at http://lunartfest.org/support
Organization for Festival

CDs by Helen Avakian

 
 Notes from Helen 2015
Instrumental
A collection of Helen's original guitar instrumentals and arrangements of some of her long time top favorite songs
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 I Love the Moon 2008
Folk/Traditional
Helen's newest CD released in June 2008
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 Musikos Peripatos 2002
Acoustic, Classical/Opera
Terry Champlin and Helen perform Classical guitar duos fron Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major to Champlin's Musikos Peripatos to Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
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 Vanishing Point 2001
Singer-Songwriter, Pop/Soft Rock
Helen's long-awaited CD "Vanishing Point" Appears! Voted Number 1 Favorite Recording by Rhythm and News Magazine Poll.
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