Misha Feigin












On Benefits of Dreaming


What do we call


What do we know?

There are worlds –

Borderless and penetrating

Like ink on the water,

Merging and evaporating,

Forming countries of clouds,

White or dark –

You can travel

Their tiding cycles

With not much to hold on to –

Your palm moves through

Their morphing fabric

With no resistance…

Have you ever seen

Yourself in a dream?

Are you awake







Curtain Call


Birds and trees broadcast

A spring of spring is ready

To burst out and shatter

The dread of things already

Not sleeping, but still not awake,

So the feral green raging against

The cold, clear blue might help

To absorb the shock of one more

Resurrection, when each of us

Will be answering one question:

“What am I this time?”
















Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow and is known as one of Russia’s premiere guitarists.  When he immigrated to the US in 1990, he left behind an established position in the Moscow arts scene highlighted by his four albums on the Melodia label, features on major radio and television shows, and national and international tours.  He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

He began recording free improvised music in 1986 in Moscow with Auction’s Dimitry Matkovsky.  He also performed with the Russian pop-folk star Janna Bichevskaya.

Misha perfromed free improvised music at the Vancouver Jazz Festival, at the Birmigham Improv. Festival, and in New York at the Knitting Factory and Tonic, where he also played with Elliot Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne and Ami Denio.  Other performances have included John Russell, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, Craig Hultgren, Toshi Makihara, Peter Kowalt, Leonid Soybelman, Sergei Letov.

Misha played in concerts in 47 US States, Canada, Israel, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.
Russian and English are heard throughout Misha’s dynamic performances, which incorporate original poetry and spontaneous storytelling.  He plays classical and acoustic guitars, balalaika, keyboards, harmonica.  Misha’s music is a blend of various ethnic idioms and musical styles.  His five US releases are « Only One Road », « Only Once », and « Dreams » with original folk music in Russian and English on Dreaming People Records, and « Spontaneous Folks’ Music » and « June in Moscow » with free improvised music on Spontaneous Folks’ Records.







Misha’s German release is « Improv Songbook » (together with Robert W. Gerlach). Misha’s latest CD on Leo Records, « Both Kinds of Music », features duos with Elliott Sharp, Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, Craig Hultgren, and Eugene Chadbourne.

In 2003, Misha’s reputation as a multifaceted entertainer has been « officially » confirmed by the release of Searching for Irina, a powerful story of the era when the political trials showed signs of Stalin’s horrors, while sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll penetrating the Iron Curtain clashed with the seemingly impervious system.

Now, following Irina’s sold-out success, Fleur Publishing is preparing for the December release of The Last Word in Astronomy, Mr. Feigin’s collection of poems with material spanning the last two decades of creativity of this impressive author, winner of the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry in 2000.













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