Helen Avakian

Acoustic Guitar from Sun Prairie, WI - Will travel up to 100 miles
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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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25+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2016!
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 was great! She had plenty of communication leading up to our ceremony to make sure she knew any special requests, and even learned to sing a song for our service that she didn't already have in her repertoire. She arrived at the venue 2 hours prior to the event and was already set up before we arrived. Everything sounded great and the performance was wonderful. I wished I had a recording of all the songs she played since I was only able to hear her rehearsing during photos, and as I was walking people in. She also brought an additional musician to help round out her sound at no extra cost, and wanted to make sure that was OK. Thanks Helen!

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Wedding Ceremony

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We worked with Helen's partner, Dave, for our wedding ceremony on 10/14/17. He did an amazing job! He was super accomodating to any songs that I chose and gave ideas as well. He did a fantastic job at our ceremony and we received so many compliments on what an awesome job he did. We would definitely recommend him!

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Helen Avakian’s Response:

Helen sent me your lovely review! Thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words, I appreciate your appreciation!! It was an honor to be a part of your amazing day, Helen and I always try our best to treat our clients like family. I'm so happy that everything went so well, and I truly wish you both the very best always!! Dave

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Wedding Ceremony

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Accommodating, professional, and very talented! Received many compliments on our music choice.

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Helen Avakian’s Response:

Hi Amy, Thank you very much for the lovely review! It was a pleasure and honor for Dave and me to play music for your wedding ceremony. Wishing you and Mike all the best! Helen

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2018
Aug
25
Celebration
Baraboo, WI
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
2017
Oct
28
Wedding Ceremony
Eastman, WI
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2017
Oct
14
Wedding Ceremony
Stoughton, WI
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
2017
Sep
30
Celebration
Elkhorn, WI
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Sep
3
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2017
Sep
2
Wedding Ceremony
Middleton, WI
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2017
Aug
26
Wedding Ceremony
Madison, WI
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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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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