IRINA IS ABSOLUTELY A VOICE FOR OUR TIME, A VOICE IN WHICH THE FEMININE IS EXQUISITELY AND BURNINGLY PRESENT IN RAGE, DEPTH, EROTICISM AND TENDERNESS - Jay Ramsay
Photography: Kurt Sneddon

Listen to Connected Disconnection – a track from Irina’s new CD Roads Travelled

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Irina’s new CD Roads Travelled recently debuted on the radio airplay Zone Music Reporter top 100 chart (for New Age/World/Ambient releases) at #86 and is currently at #46. It is currently getting airplay on some 40 college radio stations in the US, including Boulder, St Louis, River Grove, Minneapolis, Detroit, Danbury and others, coming in at No 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9 and 10 on their world/New Age charts.

In July 2013 Irina performed some of her songs at the Seed Festival in the Cotswolds (UK) and her one woman poetry and dance show, Dancing with Dark Goddesses, a spellbinding combination of dance, spoken word and singing which journeys through faces of the Feminine, in Saarlouis in Germany. This was followed by performances at Dixon Place (a showcase for the International Women Artists’ Salon) and at the Producers’ Club (New York) in October. Translations of her poems into German were prepared by German poet and musicologist Markus Waldura.

In February 2013 Irina, together with local poet, academic and finless board surfer Kim Satchell, gave a poetry reading at Saltwater overlooking Emerald Beach (NSW), at which she also performed songs from Roads Travelled.

In August Irina appeared with pianist Amir Farid in a French and Russian classical song recital in a programme featuring Debussy’s Ariettes oubliées and songs by Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky.

Irina’s pastel drawings were exhibited in October at the Producers’ Club in a Salon Solo show presented by the International Women Artists’ Salon, and her work was subsequently included in November in the Estrogenius 2013 visual art exhibition in NY curated by Heidi Russell. Irina was interviewed for Salon Radio on the City World Radio network (Sept 30), speaking about her music and her work.

The Fall Issue of the Esoteric Quarterly (2013) contains another poem by Irina, Black Thou.


Recent Release: Roads Travelled

Irina (aka Irinushka) follows her first CD, Would That I Could, with Roads Travelled (currently available at Basement Discs, Thomas’ and online at CDBaby, iTunes and in the Shop). In this new release she brings elements of New Age and Celtic folk to her own unique settings of her poems.

“Many of the songs sound very traditional. Amazing that Irinushka composed all of them. A splendid folky sound staying on the edge of new age spacey, with great lyrics, vocals, and resonate instruments. Way to go!”

Mark Flyingman, WAWL, Chattanooga, TN, 91.5

“Roads Travelled” is something different. Consider the older operatic vocals of Nightwish but with a generally happier tone, and then combine those with acoustic guitar, traditional hand-drums, accordion, and some other stuff that I don’t even know about … Irinushka has SUCH a pretty voice, and a charming accent to boot. I will admit that the room felt a little warmer when I was listening.”
Daniel Witter, KAMP, Tucson, AZ, 1570

Quick Facts about Irina

To find out more about Irina & her work, view her biography

  • Irina is of White Russian heritage
  • reviews the ballet for Dance Australia
  • has a doctorate from Oxford in Modern Languages and Literature
  • speaks four languages
  • is a prize winning pianist

Visit some of Irina’s online friends

Here is a collection of other websites Irina recommends:

International Women Artists’ Salon
WomenArtSalon.blogspot.com

City World Radio
cityworldradio.com

Kundalini Splendor
kundalinisplendor.blogspot.com

Jay Ramsay – poet, psychotherapist & healer
www.jayramsay.co.uk

Awen Publications – publisher of some of Irina’s books
www.awenpublications.co.uk

Poetry Chaikhana - a sacred poetry website which includes some of Irina’s work
www.poetry-chaikhana.com

The Esoteric Quarterly
www.esotericstudies.net/quarterly

“To you poetry is a vehicle of the truth and that is something I value greatly.”
William Anderson, Author, poet, broadcaster