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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
Friday
May 3
12:15 pm
to
1:00 pm
Friday Musicales
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
First Unitarian Society of Madison
900 University Bay Dr
Madison, WI   See Map
Lunch time free concert! Dave and I will play a set of original songs and instrumentals plus selected covers.
Friday
May 3
5:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Open House
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin, Juancho, percussion
Acoustic, Jazz, and Latin. Fingerstyle Guitar
Creative Energy Designs, Inc
125 S Dickinson St
Madison, WI   See Map
Brazilian, Jazz, and Popular styles for Art Walk. Wine, beer and light refreshments.
Saturday
May 25
5:00 pm
to
8:00 pm
Holiday Weekend Soiree
with Helen Avakian
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Stoney's
3007 Concord Pike
Wilmington, NY   See Map
Excited to perform near where I grew up, my old stomping ground. I will play a variety of acoustic guitar music; singer/songwriter, fingerstyle instrumentals plus selected covers. Come for snacks, dinner, dessert, drinks or all of the above!
Wednesday
June 5
12:00 pm
to
12:45 pm
Lunch and Listen
with Helen Avakian, Terry Champlin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter. classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar
First Evangelical Lutheran Church
Corner of Mill and Katherine Streets
Poughkeepsie, NY   See Map
Classical guitar duets and solos, a few vocal songs refreshments after, free admission (845) 452-6050
Thursday
June 6
7:00 pm
to
10:00 pm
Acoustic Thursdays
with Helen Avakian, Don and Maureen Black , Conor Walsh
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter
High Falls Cafe
12 Stone Dock Rd
High Falls, NY   See Map
This should be a fun night; former guitar students of mine, Maureen and Don Block host this monthly acoustic music series. Conor Walsh also a former guitar and songwriting student will be featured with me and another artist TBA.
Saturday
June 8
7:00 pm
to
8:30 pm
Catskill Cabaradio
with Helen Avakian, Elly Wininger (host), Pine Hill Playboys (house band)
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Fingerstyle Guitar
Pine Hill Community Center
287 Main Street
Pine Hill, NY   See Map
I am excited and honored to be featured in this unique broadcast done only 4 times per year. The show is presented Prairie Home Companion style - complete with sound effects, a live broadcast audience and more! You can come for the live broadcast plus a pot luck at 6 pm or tune in at 7 to wioxradio.org. Free Admission.
Thursday
June 13
7:30 pm
Celebrating Six Strings, Singers and Sax!
with Helen Avakian, Mark Sganga, Christopher Brellochs, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar, Jazz
Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main St
Beacon, NY   See Map
Helen Avakian's Guitar Party! Featuring International Fingerstyle Guitar Champions, Award Winning Singer/Songwriters, International Performers and Recording Artists. Excited and Delighted to share the evening with 4 outstanding talents. We will play on our own and in many combinations; originals and music of Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Towner, Brazilian and Celtic. Plus special guests. Tickets $20 Dinner begins 5:00 with seatings every half hour. Reserve online or call (845) 855-1300
Sunday
June 23
12:00 pm
to
5:00 pm
Punch Out Parkinson's
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Americana, and Singer-Songwriter. Rock, Fingerstyle Guitar
Capital Brewery
7734 Terrace Ave
Middleton, WI   See Map
Dave and I are grateful to help with this benefit to raise money for a cure for Parkinson's disease. (My Grandmother, Great Uncle and Mother In Law all suffered from this disease.) There is a golf outing at 8:30 at Pleasant View Golf Course followed by music, food, and prizes at Capital Brewery in the afternoon. All proceeds will go to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association and the Parkinson Support Group of Central New York. A number of bands will be featured including The Evan Riley Band from Edgerton. We participated in this last year and it was an inspiring and fun event!
Friday
July 26
3:00 pm
to
4:00 pm
Workshop: Transform Stage Fright to Stage Excitement
with Helen Avakian
Acoustic. Fingerstyle Guitar
Brown County Inn
51 State Road 46 East
Nashville, NY   See Map
This will be an exploration of ways to work with the energy of stage fright and turn it into something more positive so that one can enjoy performing more. The more a performer enjoys what they are doing the more confidence they will have which helps for a stronger presentation all around. I will offer various techniques and tips from ways to prepare in practice sessions to ways to calm down onstage. There will also be anopportunity for participants to perform and share with the group.
Friday
July 26
8:00 pm
Indiana State Fingerstyle Pre-Contest Concert
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar
Brown County Inn
51 State Road 46 East
Nashville, NY   See Map
Excited to return to the Indiana State FS Fest afetr several years away. Dave and i will be performing our eclectic mix of songs and instrumentals, originals and covers with extra emphasis on the fingerstyle.
Saturday
July 27
8:00 pm
Friday Night Party
with Helen Avakian, Dave Irwin
Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, and Americana. Fingerstyle Guitar
Brown County Inn
51 State Road 46 East
Nashville, NY   See Map
Excited to return to the Indiana State FS Fest afetr several years away. Dave and I will be performing our eclectic mix of songs and instrumentals, originals and covers with extra emphasis on the fingerstyle.

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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