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Helen Avakian

Acoustic Guitar from Sun Prairie, WI - Will travel up to 100 miles
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$150 - $1100 per event
Helen Avakian is the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar Champion. She is an extra versatile acoustic guitarist and vocalist. Her repertoire ranges from the Beatles to Adele, plus she has many appealing original love songs and other songs for just about every occasion, as well as guitar instrumentals. She holds a Master's Degree in classical guitar performance and she accompanies Flamenco dancers at Bard College. She also has an extensive repertoire of classical guitar and Flamenco music. Song requests are welcome! See songlist and classical repertoire below. Dave Irwin is a long time Madison WI guitarist who plays acoustic fingerstyle, jazz, popular, Brazilian and bluegrass guitar. He was the house guitarist for Samba Brazilian Grill in Madison for years and has appeared on ESPN and at the Kohl Center playing his arrangement of the national anthem. Partners in music and life, together Helen and Dave can provide an incredible variety of acoustic guitar music and songs suited to your occasion.

Partial Songlist
Adele
Set Fire to the Rain
Someone Like You
The Allman Brothers
Melissa
The Beatles
Blackbird
Here Comes the Sun
In My Life
Norwegian Wood
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
The Black Crowes
She Talks to the Angels
Blind Faith
Can't Find My Way Home
Edie Brickell
Circle
Eric Clapton
Layla
Wonderful Tonight
Coldplay
Clocks
The Cranberries
Zombie
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bad Moon Rising
Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young
Helplessly Hoping
Sheryl Crow
Strong Enough
Everyday is a Winding Road
Dido
Thank You
Ani DiFranco
Both Hands
Donovan
Catch the Wind
Season of the Witch
Bob Dylan
Knocking on Heaven's Door
The Eagles
Hotel California
Extreme
More Than Words
Five For Fighting
100 Years
Fleetwood Mac
Landslide
4 Non Blondes
What's Up
Peter Gabriel
In Your Eyes
Glen Hansard, Marketa Irglova
Falling Slowly
Goo Goo Dolls
Iris
The Grateful Dead
Friend of the Devil
Greenday
Good Riddance
Guns and Roses
Patience
Heart
Dog and Butterfly
Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing
Don Henley
The End of the Innocence
Buddy Holly
Everyday
Indigo Girls
Closer to Fine
Jewel
Hands
Who Will Save Your Souls
You Were Meant For Me
Norah Jones
Come Away With Me
Don't Know Why
Janis Joplin/Kris Kristofferson
Me and Bobby McGee
Jorma Kaukonen
Genesis
Ben E. King et al
Stand By Me
Kansas
Dust in the Wind
Carole King
You've Got a Friend
Led Zeppelin
Thank You
John Lennon
Imagine
Lifehouse
You and Me
Sarah McClachlan
Building a Mystery
Dave Matthews Band
Sattelite
Don McLean
Vincent
Natalie Merchant
Carnival
Kind and Generous
Bette Midler
The Rose
Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi
Free Man in Paris
Alanis Morissette
Head Over Feet
Ironic
Van Morrison
Moondance
Anna Nalick
Breathe (2 AM)
Joan Osborne
One of Us
Saint Theresa
Pearl Jam
Better Man
Elderly Woman
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
Plain White T's
Hey There Delilah
The Police
Every Breath You Take
The Pretenders
I'll Stand By You
2000 Miles
Bonnie Raitt
I Can't Make You Love Me
Something to Talk About
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Under the Bridge
REM
Everybody Hurts
Losing My Religion
Simon and Garfunkel
The Boxer
Scarborough Fair
Bruce Springsteen
Because the Night
Cat Stevens
Father and Son
Moon Shadow
Sting
Fields of Gold
Fragile
The Rolling Stones
Wild Horses
James Taylor
Fire and Rain
Traditional
The House of the Rising Sun
U 2
I Will Follow
One
Suzanne Vega
Luka
Small Blue Thing
Wet, Wet, Wet
Love is All Around
The Who
Pinball Wizard
Lucinda Williams
Passionate Kisses
Neil Young
Needle & the Damage Done
Old Man
Helen's Instrumentals
Sister Song (New Age)
Page's Jig (Tribute to Jimmy)
McTammy's Jig (Celtic)
Helen's Songs (to name a few)
All songs on "Vanishing Point" and "I Love the Moon" CDs including
All the Time (haunting)
Vows (wedding)
Gallery (Portrait of an artist in "Flamenco/folk" style)
I Love the Moon (love)
I Want To be Your Blanket (love)
Bird Flying (mellow blues)

Helen Avakian
Classical Guitar Repertoire Highlights

Renaissance
Six Italian Lute Pieces of the Renaissance
Wilson's Wilde, Captain Digorie Piper's Galliard, John Dowland
Greensleeves, Traditional

Baroque
Suite No. 1 for Violin cello, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, JS Bach
Canon in D, Pachelbel
Largo from Lute Concerto, Vivaldi
Le Rondeau, Mouret

Classical
Etudes, Sor
Rondo, Carulli
Assorted works by Giuliani, Carcassi

Romantic
Ode to Joy, Beethoven
Waltz, Brahms
Of Foreign Lands and People, Schumann

Modern
Preludes, Etudes, Villa-Lobos
Gymnopédie, Satie
Vals Venezlanos, Lauro

Spanish
Romanza, Anonymous
Asturias (Leyenda), Albeniz
Caprichio Arabe, L'Agrima, Adelita Tarrega
Various Flamenco pieces, Traditional

New Age
Featherwind, Page's Jig, Facets, Helen Avakian
Tea-House Moon, Enya
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10+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2014!

Wedding Ceremony

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Helen and Dave were absolutely incredible and added a very special musical touch to our wedding day. Helen was quick to respond to emails, and she was so accommodating. She communicated wonderfully, and all the songs we requested were played beautifully. She has an incredible voice, and she and her partner, Dave, truly made our wedding day so special. You will not be disappointed having Helen play for your special day.

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Helen Avakian's partner Dave Irwin was our acoustic guitarist who performed at our wedding event. Helen was performing in New York I believe so Dave played at our event. My husband and I were so incredibly pleased with Dave on all levels. He provided us with several song options. With days prior to our event we requested two songs he wasn't entirely familiar with but he mastered them in a matter of days and played them beautifully. He is very personable and professional. We received several complements from our guests about the music. We are very satisfied with Dave's work and would highly recommend him to everyone for any kind of event!

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We couldn't be happier! This is a 5 star performer.

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2016
Nov
12
Cocktail Party
Elkhorn, WI
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
2016
Aug
27
Wedding Ceremony
Green Lake, WI
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2016
Jul
9
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2016
Jun
20
Corporate Function
Madison, WI
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2016
Jun
11
Wedding
Madison, WI
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2016
May
29
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM
2016
May
16
Club Event
Edgerton, WI
7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
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Christenings
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Halloween Parties
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Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Luau Parties
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Please note Helen Avakian will also travel to Madison, De Forest, Windsor, Morrisonville, Arlington, Cottage Grove, Marshall, Waunakee, Deerfield, Dane, Mc Farland, Middleton, Waterloo, Columbus, Poynette, Doylestown, Fall River, Lodi, Rio, Cambridge, Stoughton, Cross Plains, Lake Mills, Oregon, Verona, Wyocena, Reeseville, Brooklyn, Pardeeville, Black Earth.
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