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The power of music

People with developmental disabilities get a chance to make music
By Randi Bjornstad
The Register-Guard
Appeared in print: Sunday, Nov 15, 2009

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David Helfand composes and performs original and traditional music on Celtic Harp, mandocello, guitar, keyboards and percussion. Many of David's compositions were born through improvisation and drawn on the inspiration found in the power of music from many wondrous cultures. Since 2000, David has augmented his repertoire of original and traditional compositions with Israeli and Middle Eastern influenced music and has composed many pieces based upon his journeys to Israel and Britain. Since 1997, David has recorded and released six solo CDs. more...

David Helfand

Compact Discs

After the Rain

After the Rain

" After the Rain, " New 2012 CD release - After the Rain


At the Edge of the Cornish Sea

First Light

" First Light, " released in October, 2009 is my latest major production. Since my last fully produced album " At the Edge of the Cornish Sea," which was inspired by my first journey to Britain, I slowly cultivated and planted seeds for my latest work.


At the Edge of the Cornish Sea

At the Edge of the Cornish Sea

As I returned from my maiden voyage from the land of Britain full of awe, unspeakable joy and deep reservoirs of inspiration, slowly the music started to speak. From the high craggy cliffs where the ruins of Tintagel castle lay overlooking the dark waters off Cornwall's shore, to the ancient majestic ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the dark mysteries of the Tower of London, the swirling maze of the city's streets and the magic of the standing stones on Salisbury Plain, I swam deep in the waters of imagination. more...

Beyond the Sea of Reeds

Beyond the Sea of Reeds

As a child, as I heard the songs and stories of the ancient days of Israel and the journey of the Israelites, they were always a part of me. Through my journey to adulthood, as the stories of my ancestors weaved in and out of my being, they finally opened their secret door and whispered to me, as I first touched Jerusalemís walls in the city of old. more...

Callings from the Quiet Grove

Callings from the Quiet Grove

In moments of describing the indescribable, of yearning to taste the waters of the deep well and hearing the callings from the quiet grove, I dedicate these pieces to you.... Reflections of moments in time. more...

Mythic Sky

Mythic Sky

Mythic Sky music explores the emotions evoked by the power of myth and epic quests into the unknown. A large tonal palette created by combining the latest in 20th century synthesizer technology with the timeless sounds of acoustic stringed instruments and percussion enables Mythic Sky to range from delicate atmospherics to primal depths. more...


Mythic Sky

Memories and Stardust

First all acoustic limited edition ( Extended Play ) CD featuring six solo musical pieces played on harp, mandocello and guitar and one duet with mandocello and flute. I had the great honor of having my dear friend, Bethel Evans play flute on Lakota's Song which is a piece I created while in Wales during my first UK tour. I hope you enjoy the album. more...



Upcoming Performances

  • Sunday, Feb 2nd
    David Helfand and Justin Lader
    Performing an opening set for the
    Legends of the Celtic Harp concert featuring
    Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne and Aryeh Frankfurter
    Unitarian Church, 1685 West 13th Ave, Eugene
    4:00 p.m.

Recent Past Performances

David Helfand & Justin Lader
2013 Northern CA Summer Tour:

  • Friday, Aug 9th
    Occidental Center for the Arts
    3850 Doris Murphy Ct.
    Occidental, CA ( near Santa Rosa )
    7:30 p.m.

  • Sat, Aug 10th
    House Concert in the Berkeley Hills
    Berkeley, CA
    E mail or call Diane for reservations

  • Sun, Aug 11th
    Private house concert in Alamo, CA

  • Mon, Aug 12th
    Private house concert in Alamo, CA

  • Thurs, Aug 15th
    Don Quixote's International Music Hall
    6275 HWY 9
    Felton, CA ( Santa Cruz County )
    Double Bill with Mydine Spear
    7:30 p.m.

  • Fri, Aug 16th
    Harps Etc.
    1601 N. Main St. #106
    Walnut Creek, CA
    7:30 p.m.
    $15/20 donation

David and Justin:

  • Washington weekend tour:
    • Saturday, Feb 9th, 2013
      Vashon Island Library Event
      Concert will be held at the Vashon United Methodist Church
      17928 Vashon Hwy. SW
      2:00 p.m.
      Free event
    • Sunday, Feb, 10th
      Woodenville Library,
      17105 Avondale Rd. NE
      2:00 p.m.
      Free event

  • Friday, March 8th
    Eugene Irish Festival
    David and Justin-Perform as opening act-
    Opening for the Paperboys
    University Of Oregon Beall Hall
    Eugene, OR
    8:00 p.m.

  • Saturday, March 9th
    Eugene Irish Festival
    David- Teaching Workshop on Composing original music in the Celtic style
    2:00 p.m.
    Little Theater
    Sheldon High School
    2455 Willakenzie Rd.

  • Saturday,March 9th
    Eugene Irish Festival
    4:00 p.m.- David and Justin - Performance
    Sheldon High Auditorium
    2455 Willakenzie Rd.

  • Saturday, Jan 12th, 2013
    Private house concert

  • Sunday, November 11th
    David Helfand and Justin Lader
    Oregon Jewish Museum
    1953 Northwest Kearney St.
    Portland, OR
    2:00 p.m.
    $10 -general admission/ $5 for OJM members
    David Helfand and violist, Justin Lader are overjoyed to return for their second performance at the Oregon Jewish Museum, Sunday, Nov 11th at 2:00 p.m.
    On the heels of their first Summer Northern California tour, David and Justin bring their music into the new year and the Fall celebrating new beginnings.
    Music featured will be David's piece " First Light " that was inspired by an incredible Israeli sunset, music from his album " Beyond the Sea of Reeds," fervent Middle Eastern inspired melodies, glorious pieces from Shlomo Carlebach, favorites played at Temple Beth Israel in Eugene and a very special solo viola performance of Niggun's from the Polish composer, Rachel Knobler.
    Travel to the far corners of the Jewish world on a journey with Celtic harp, mandocello, guitar and viola.

  • Sunday, November 18th
    David Helfand, Justin Lader and Friends
    Holiday Market
    Lane County Fairgrounds
    Eugene, OR
    1:45 p.m.

  • Tuesday Sept, 4th
    David and Justin Lader
    Forest Grove Library
    2114 Pacific Ave.
    Forest Grove, OR
    7:00 p.m.
    free event
  • Sunday, August 26th * Special Show *
    David Helfand and Justin Lader
    Music to Die For - Music Series
    Performing in the Hope Abbey Mausoleum / Masonic Cemetery
    Eugene, OR
    2:00 p.m.
    Free to the public
  • Saturday, Nov 30th
    David Helfand and Justin Lader
    Holiday Market, Lane County Fairgrounds
    1:45 p.m.

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