Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: World Music, Pop
"Irina Mikhailova is a singer from Kazakhstan whose voice as angelic as it is earthy, as sensual as it is serene. Although she's singing lyrics in her native tongue, Mikhailova, like Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, uses... more »
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"Irina Mikhailova is a singer from Kazakhstan whose voice as angelic as it is earthy, as sensual as it is serene. Although she's singing lyrics in her native tongue, Mikhailova, like Lisa Gerrard of Dead Can Dance, uses her voice as an instrument, entwining it around an exotic pan-ethnic blend of percussion, sitars, balalaikas and wind instruments." -- Echoes, NPR
Irina Mikhailova delivers profound vocals that transcend the boundaries of culture and human experience, ranging from intimate to adventurous, trancey, and hypnotic. Mikhailova is a cross-pollinating vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose musical style reflects the rich traditions of Russia, the Middle East, and Asia. She has worked and recorded with an amazing cast of musicians including Glen Velez, Hamza El Din, Paul Mc Candless (Oregon), and pop sensation Jewel.
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Vladimir Smitnikov | Monterey, CA. | 06/27/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At first I thought I had purchased a cd of Modern Popular Rock music, boy was I surprised! In a good way. I listened to the cd all the way through and it left me feeling all goose-bumpy! What turned out to be a mistake turned into being one of my best liked cd's! A mixture of new age/country Russian folk songs by a lovely Irina Mikhailova whose voice reminded me of a cross between Judy Collins and Joan Baez mezmerizes! Bravo and excellant listening."