Someone once described my voice as a combination of Ella Fitzgerald, Amy Winehouse, and Norah Jones…– Piarei
Thank you for taking the time to perform this morning. We are fortunate to have many wonderful performers come thru The Coffee Attic. Mahalo. —John, Owner, The Coffee Attic
What a great day Helen. I’m so glad to be in your audience today. I feel good and will be enjoying the company of my grand daughters later today. They are a handful but such a joy to be around. I would love for you to meet them one day. If you are going to perform again on a Saturday morning at The Coffee Attic I believe it would be the perfect setting. Please let me know when your next appearance there happens. — H.
This past week, Helen/Piarei was lunching with J.H. her student at Down To Earth and decided afterwards to go outside on the patio and exchange songs.
She sang, “La Vie En Rose” and when the song reached it’s energetic grounded end, she heard additional clapping from another table.
Turns out the clappers were Gangaji and her spouse. Piarei was so tickled she grabbed Gangaji’s hand with her both hands and put them on her third eye.
J.H. took these photos then sung/played amazingly himself…they left for Bounty where he purchased a new ukulele and a harmonica, which he plays when his subordinates come to him with less-than-positive words.
You can catch my music at Wailukku’s Coffee Attic this Saturday, February 29th at 9am. It’s an all-ages set, respectful of a child’s mind and your soul’s great big heart. See you there!
Kind words for Piarei:
I love watching your videos!!! — MargaretMary
I look forward to hearing the other arias you come up with… —J. Houck
That’s my favorite song, how did you know. I was crying when I heard it in a Paris cafe and I’m going to cry again now. Thank you! —E. Sinclair
I listened to your singing, wow, you got a great voice! –– A. Pathammavong
Comforting! — N. Burson
So lovely! — C. Wang
Your voice sounds beautiful on the recording — very earthy. — N. Baack
You slayed it! — F.S.
Your voice is better than Stacey Kent… — W.E. Longoria
You’ve got a great voice…your voice is your own voice…it’s like that of the singer Eartha Kitt and other famous singers… — L. Tash
You basically sing Acapella…– D. Crawford
I just watched your music video and was amazed by the natural harmony you create.– R. Quigley
2020 Music Event Spaces, Maui, HI
(Helen’s played at the following music venues:)
Paia Bay Coffee — “Wahine Wednesday” (both pop/jazz covers and originals), 115 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779
2019 Music Event Spaces, Austin, TX, and Maui, HI
Bullock Texas State History Museum, 1800 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Creative Action, 1023 Springdale Road, Austin, TX 78721
Coffee Attic, 59 Kanoa St, Wailukku, HI 96793
Lumeria Maui, 1813 Baldwin Ave, Makawao, HI 96768
Maui Coast Hotel (solo and w/Steve Sargenti), 2259 S Kihei Rd, Kihei, HI 96753
Paia Bay Coffee, 115 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779
Soulasana, 70 Kaahumanu Avenue Suite B 4, Kahului, HI 96732
For the Royal Hawaiian Family, Hana and Makawao, HI
2018 Music Event Spaces, Austin, TX
Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Road, Austin, TX
Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar, 1300 E. 7th, Austin, TX (Saturdays 7-9pm)
A classically-trained vocalist and pianist, I studied piano since I was 7, and at the age of 8 won a talent show award for singing and piano performance. In my teenage years, I sang in church choirs and high school musicals, receiving positive feedback. And, to much of my surprise, I also won state piano competitions due to my ability to prioritize/create dynamics (“tell a story with my fingers”) over playing intricate notation.
After graduating from University of Iowa and studying writing at Northwestern University in Chicago, I began my vocal training, studying in the Windy City under a jazz vocalist and later in NY, studied voice and public performance at celebrity-studded Cari Cole Voice Studios, as well as the late Teri Merliss, along with a jazz vocalist and a French mezzo-soprano opera singer.
Since my teens, I’ve had the pleasure of performing solo in front of hundreds of people on various continents (South America, Europe, Asia), was invited to have a private NYC showcase, elegibility for other Austin music sets/residencies, performed at weddings,as well as taught/teach voice and public performance to children of all ages.
In 2016, after having a NDE, I had a less-than-perfect right knee cap, so I picked up my ukulele and continued to teach myself the instrument to accompany many of the jazz standards I’d sung as a teenager.
Today, I am based on Maui and just finished writing an original song album called “7 Songs For A Young Queen”. These songs are dedicated to a Native Hawaiian girl who could otherwise be Queen and presents her with jazzy-pop all-ages songs about nature, wealth, giving, self-esteem/nutrition, and life purpose/breath.
My general repertoire includes jazz/pop covers (slightly “updated” by me) in English, French, and Hawaiian.
My instrument of choice is the ukulele due to its portability and unexplored possibilities of expression. The below recorded video and sound clips are untouched/unedited.
Thank you for stopping by!
I willing be performing live at East Austin’s beautiful Wilder Woodwork (1300 E.7th) Scaturday the 29th for their monthly Saturday Women’s Rooftop Dinner. Children’s are welcome and I’ll be singing some all-ages-friendly jazz in English and French. Wilder Wood has some of the best live performing vocalists/musicians in Austin and probably the nation since Austin is the Live Music Capital. Wilder Wood specializes in from-scratch-culinary delights and all is certified gluten-free to boot.
On the scenic rooftop you can kick off your heels, network, and/or spend quality time with your children, or yourself as the latter plays and creates with provided materials. En plus, a one-of-a-kind, Earth-friendly pair of Helenbobelen.com Sterling Silver earrings and components will be raffled off!
Saturday’s women’s event gets ambling at 7pm and you probably won’t want to leave once it’s time to leave so get there early and settle into female-fiesta-mode with their tex-mex samplings…Who: Women and children
What: Wilder Wood’s Monthly Saturday Women’s Rooftop Dinner (music by this Helenbobelen)…fresh and gluten-free
Where: 1300 East 7th, Austin, TX…just several blocks east of I35
When: Saturday, September 29th, 7pm
Why: Wilder Wood was started by a woman and is supported by women (and women-loving men) and as a modern woman, you deserve a nourishing experience. Https://www.wilderwoodrestaurantandbar.com
I’m excited to share the love of music!