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Product Description

IRARI is the unique combination of multi-talented vocalist Irina Mikhailova and pianist/ composer Ira Stein playing haunting and sublime arrangements of ten beautiful Eastern European folk songs. Joined by a group of renowned and inspirational artists, including Paul McCandless on English horn, Dann Zinn on soprano and tenor sax, and Hans Christian on cello, IRARI weaves a sensual tapestry of landscapes and emotions with melodies that linger on and on in the ears of the listener.

About the Artist

IRINA is a cross-pollinating vocalist, composer, and multi instrumentalist whose musical style reflects the rich traditions of Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Born into a family of professional musicians in the central Asian republic of Kazakhstan, Irina currently resides in San Francisco, California. Rich with the multi-ethnic sounds that surrounded her childhood, and the power and depth of her own soul, she lends her warm and other-worldly vocals to an eclectic range of music from classical to traditional, as well as electronic and other crossover genres. She has worked and recorded with an amazing cast of musicians, including Glen Velez, Hamza El Din, Paul McCandless of Oregon, and pop sensation Jewel.

After a span of almost 20 years on the Windham Hill and Narada Records labels, pianist IRA STEIN is now exploring new worlds on his own with several intriguing collaborations. In addition to his current recording with Irina, Stein has also recently released BACH IMPROVISATIONS, recorded live in concert at Yoshi's. This highly original album features himself on piano, along with soprano sax and cello, performing lyrical and elegant improvisations on nine Bach Chorales.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Aj Mori
  2. Winter Light
  3. Peline
  4. Chereshko
  5. Shto Si Goro
  6. Razvil
  7. Gryoza
  8. Dujnel
  9. Cradle Song
  10. Rado


Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 1, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: September 1, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Irinasheba Music
  • ASIN: B0003007D2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #543,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What is a defining moment in life? Is it that special something you once purchased or even created out of imagination in your mind that changed your world for the better, made you redefine everything you once thought you knew?

Perhaps it was that day when you stood at an alter, hand in hand, eye to eye, making promises, being oh so in love, a time in your life that you would cherish and consider to be without hesitation, a moment that you could say defined you, made you a stronger person because of it.

These are questions I have asked myself countless times growing up these years, a time when I made life so complicated. In reality there had always been a simple explanation.

Are you ready and willing to believe in something new? Are you ready to experience life as the butterflies we were all meant to be, those who step outside the boundaries of our radio induced beat box of modern media and into a world filled with measures gift wrapped lovingly along ledger lines into notes singing surprises?

If all this so intrigues you, then I ask you so graciously from my heart to make space in your life, for just one more note. Leave open a place in your heart for the magic that is the music of IRARI. It is a place of no regrets, a place to inspire, a place to explore the meaning of love, songs reaching out to you.

Esquisses, the title of the CD, is an album without doubt that heals hearts. It is the arrow released from cupids bow set into motion by vocalist Irina Mikhailova and her always eternal and scintillating voice. She is committed and absorbed, connected in spirit to these lovely Piano arrangements, the dancing keys of Ira Stein.
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I have given this CD a 4, when with just a little different production and engineering it would have been one of my all time favourite CD's. I love Irina Mikhailova - here CD "Russian Twilight" is exquisite. Her voice is very unusual, emotional and reaches other levels of knowing - like only a few other (all Non-English speaking) female vocalists can. The musicians: piano, sax, percussion etc are also brilliant. My complaint is that Irina does not hold centre front stage - at times her wonderful tones are overshadowed by the other musicians. At times it all blends and merges - interesting, but the essence of the musical message is diminished. I wish the musicians would back-off and accompany and support the vocals, rather than compete or take-over. There are times when they give Irina more space and then her voice approaches the transcendant!!

The songs are all good - I just wish they had given Irina a more prominent role in the production!

I would like to hear a lot more of IRINA MIKHAILOVA - she is a brilliant talent who deserves star billing, not just being part of a talented group!
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By JR88 on September 25, 2006
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This CD is one you'll find yourself listening to again and again. There's strong musicianship and a direction to this music, and it is very compelling. Ira Stein and Irina Mikhailova create soundscapes that are in a world by themselves. I really enjoyed this. Also check out Ira's "Bach Improvisations" CD.
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Such a charged album! Enjoying it very much.
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