About Helm - Our vision is to play acoustic music reflective of the traditions of the Middle East through classical, folkloric and original compositions. Helm provides music for all to enjoy. For dance artists Helm's unique style works whether you need belly dance music, tribal dance music, tribal fusion or gypsy music (Rom). Our repertoire is far reaching and diverse, providing a rich platform for expression.
Based in Marin County, California and founded by Ling Shien and Mark Bell, Helm has been able to play and perform with excellent local musicians and dancers. Part of our extended Bay Area musician family include Sean and Lars Tergis, al Azifoon , Dan Cantrell, Samuel Atchley, Faisal Zedan, and Tobias Roberson. Some of our favorite dancers are FatChanceBellyDance®, Mira Betz, Zoe Jakes, Elizabeth Strong, Hannah Romanowsky, and Terry del Giorno. We have been able to branch out nationally and internationally in recent years working with, among others, Ali Sinan Erdemsel, the Langa musicians of Rajasthan, and Phil Thornton.
Our close association with Carolena Nericcio of FCBD® and creator of American Tribal Style® dance helps keep us attuned to the world of dance. We also travel abroad frequently to enhance and refine our knowledge and bring this information into the workshops and classes we teach. Helm recently was voted Favorite Musicians of the Year by the readers of Zaghareet! Magazine.