Friday, September 25th: I’ll be singing about food, nature, and other wonderful things at Casa De Luz…much love to you!

Friday, September 11th: See you at Casa De Luz!

Friday, August 28th: We’ll be gathered at Casa De Luz again, dining inside, and I’ll be singing and playing music…love to you…

Friday, August 14th: Dear friends, I’ll be at Casa De Luz, dining inside, and performing some heart-felt tunes…

Friday, July 17th, I’ll be at Casa De Luz, dining inside or outside, with my ukulele…see you there!

Friday, July 1st…7:30pm-ish, see you outside at Casa De Luz…

Friday, June 19th…8pm-ish, see you outside at Casa De Luz…

Friday, June 5th…I am playing some tunes at Austin’s wonderful and delicious Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Road, Austin, TX…I’ll be outside with my ukulele. Looking forward to seeing you relax and smile…

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In this space: a revolving series of temporarily-posted YouTube videos performed by me, Piarei…each video is uploaded for approximately 4-7 days (I usually post on Saturday evenings). Thank you for tuning in, your good vibes, and supporting our shared joy for music. Much love to you all…

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  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. — J.G.

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This past week, Helen/Piarei was lunching with J.H. her student at Maui’s Down To Earth and afterwards decided to go outside on the patio and exchange songs. She sang, “La Vie En Rose” and when the song reached its 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.

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Hey Loves: 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!

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Kind words for Piarei:  

Beautiful! I love French films, and I feel like this could part of the soundtrack of a film — T. Barker

You sound like Melody Gardot and Madeleine Peyroux…–D. King

This is an adorable song!You are good on expressing the story. Keep on singing cuz you are gonna blow up! –R. Balaan

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

I love watching your videos!!!–MargaretMary

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 2020 Music Event Spaces, Maui, HI

(Helen’s played at the following music venues:)

Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Road, Austin, TX

Coffee Attic, 59 Kanoa St, Wailukku, HI 96793

Paia Bay Coffee — “Wahine Wednesday” (both pop/jazz covers and originals), 115 Hana Hwy, Paia, HI 96779

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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

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2018 Music Event Spaces, Austin, TX

(Residencies:)

Casa De Luz, 1701 Toomey Road, Austin, TX

Wilder Wood Restaurant and Bar, 1300 E. 7th, Austin, TX (Saturdays 7-9pm)

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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 jazz vocals in the Windy City, and later in NY, studied a master series on voice and public performance at celebrity-studded Cari Cole Voice Studios, as well as with the late Teri Merliss, along with jazz vocalist Michelle Carr and with French mezzo-soprano opera singer Maria Todaro.

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.

I’ve created 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, Spanish, and Hawaiian.

My instrument of choice is the ukulele due to its portability and unexplored possibilities of expression.

Thank you for stopping by!

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Hey Loves,

I willing be performing live at East Austin’s beautiful Wilder Woodwork (1300 E.7th) Saturday the 29th, 2018 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, 2018 at 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!