Rich of the multi-ethnic sounds that surrounded her childhood, and the depth of her soul, Irina Mikhailova blends her warm and otherworldly vocals with trance-inducing music of an amazing cast of musicians such as Kaya Project (UK), Suduya (France), Toires (France), Vibrasphere (Sweden), Govinda (USA), Vlastur (Greece), Seb Mullaert of Minilogue (Sweden) and many more.
Irina Mikhailova sings to us from the heart of her indigenous roots that lay in the rich traditions of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. Born and raised in the Republic of Kazakhstan, Irina currently resides in San Francisco, where for the last ten years she has released many solo and collaborative projects, most of which explore vocal technique, traditional instrumentation and digital composition, all while taking in the styles of contemporary folk, modern lounge, dub-ambient and Arabic groove. Her talents have brought her onto stage with a diversity of world performers, ranging from Cheb i Sabbah to Banco de Gaia, Juno Reactor to Huun-Huur-Tu.
Irina's music has been used in variety of documentaries and feature films. One of the highlights include movie "Salt" starring Angelina Jolie as well as "Halo", a multi-billion dollar science fiction video game.
She has recorded with World master musicians such as Habib Khan (India), Hamza El Din (Nubia), Reda Darwish (Egypt), Mohammad Nejad (Iran), Glen Velez (USA) and performed with numerous Bay Area bands and artists.
She plays frequently in Europe and has performed at variety of festivals such as Peter Gabriel"s Womad festival and Big Chill in England as well as international festivals in Japan, Greece, Germany, Switzerland and many more. Her solo albums are receiving international critical acclaim and are available on ITunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Napster and Irina's web sites!
PERFORMANCE HIGHLIGHTS • WOMAD, UK • BOOM, Portugal • Big Chill, UK • Skarabaeus II, Switzerland • Lizard Eclipse Festival, UK • MEG Montreal, Canada • Samothraki Dance Festival, Greece • Morocco 2000, Morocco • VOOV Experience, Germany • Return to the Source, Japan • Miami Winter Music Conference, USA • ACA Fest, Mexico • Turaya festival, UK • Fullmoon Festival, Germany • Health & Harmony, USA • Earth Dance, USA/Germany • Antaris Festival, Germany • Harmonia Festival, Spain • Fusion, Germany • Love Parade, Germany • Hadra Fest, France • VuuV, Germany • Ozora, Hungary • Howeird street fair, USA • Flow Festival, Austria • Freedom Fest, Portugal and many more
PREVIOUS RELEASES Irina has appeared on a variety of compilations in the last few years including : Buddha Bar ( France ), Cafe Paradiso ( Park Lane rec, UK ), Ease Division 3 ( Spiral Trax, Sweden ) Lucid Dreaming by Eastern Spirit ( MikelaBella, Israel), Isabliss by Amethystium (Neurodisc Rec, USA ), Across The Desert ( Sambal Records / Canada ), The Riddle Of Isla De Pascua ( Avatar / Israel ), Hadravision ( Hadra Records / FR ), Eco Zen 2 ( One World Music / AU ), Beginner's guide to Bellydance ( Demon Music / UK ), Night Flower (Elefaria Rec / USA ), Lumin - Ketri (Dakini Records / Japan), Café Tel Aviv (Avatar / Israel), Destination Lounge San Francisco, Vol. 2 (Revive The Soul / USA), Angels Voices (Sequoia Records / USA), Floating Point 4 (Sofa Beats-Iboga / DK), Vibrasphere - Exploring the Tributaries ( TribalVisionRecords / CZ), Healing Lights (Synergy Records / AT), Beginner's guide to Buddha Lounge (Demon Music / UK), Tribal Matrix (Dakini / Japan), Cafe Goa (Avatar/ Israel), Defining Moments (Chillosophy/ SE), Farewell Ferengistan (Banco De Gaia / UK), The Riddle Of Santa Catherina (Avatar / IS), Caravan Of Light (Lua / USA), A weekend in Paris (Water Music / USA), New World Groove (Interchill / Canada / UK), Buddha Tea Lounge (Sugo / USA), Frequent Flyer (KinkySweet / USA), San Francisco under a Groove (NHR / USA), Soul Vibration (Liquid Records / UK), Celtic Lounge (Sequoia / USA), Tropical Chill (Sequoia / USA,) Pour le Bain (E-FrenchSound / France), Dimanche (Water Music / USA,) Destination Lounge San Francisco (UBL Records / USA), Traveler 3 (Six Degrees Records / USA,) 13th Moon (Interchill / Canada / UK), Earth Octave Lounge (Interchill / Canada / UK), Walking Through by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK), Elixir by Kaya Project (Interchill / Canada / UK), Miditation 2 (Ceiba Records / USA), How Weird Street Fair (Ceiba Records / USA), Majmar by Toires (Hoots Records / France), Black Ops by Red Seal (Flow Records / Portugal), Lumin - Hadra (Valley / USA), Music for Qigong Dancing by Star Sounds Orchestra (Millenium Records / UK)