skippers in training

Skippers In Training Copyright (c) 2012 Misha Feigin. Avid Readers Publishing Group. ISBN-13:978-1-61286-128-9. Printed in the United States.
Skippers In Training – Copyright (c) 2012 Misha Feigin. Avid Readers Publishing Group. ISBN-13:978-1-61286-128-9. Printed in the United States.

About Things That Flow and Age


When the mind opens – mud and
Dead wood drift through freely –
What can hurt the water when
The drinker has no mouth left?

Gravity shapes the flow,
The dark force pushing it
Beyond the beyond where
Anything lasting shrinks
And the runaway flux of
Creation speeds up more
Aiming at the motherly point
Where it all ends or begins.

The poetry of Misha Feigin bristles with improvisational energy, gentle resignation, a joie de vivre that is, by turns, wily and philosophical. A murder of crows in a naked tree become “the silent notes / In the chord of grief,” yet the heart of a solitary sparrow remains “big enough / To shelter one more spring.” These are poems that celebrate language, light, and the lucky accident that finds us alive in a place where “any choice is a cosmic choice.” Choose this book as I have done, and you will discover, time and again. “In every new breath… / The same nourishment.” Dig in! — Brett Eugene Ralph, the author of Black Sabbatical

Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow and known as one of Russia’s premier guitarists. He released two albums on the state label, Melodiya. Since moving to the U.S. in 1990, Misha has been featured on National Public Radio and BBC. He has toured throughout North America and Europe releasing fourteen CDs in America and Germany and two in Great Britain on Leo Records. Misha Feigin performed on many prestigious stages such as Moscow’s Concert Hall Russia, Washington’s Kennedy Center, Vancouver Jazz Festival, and Winnipeg Folk Festival. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky. Misha Feigin won the Thomas Merton Prize for Poetry and was awarded the Al Smith Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction. His books include a novel Searching for Irina and a book of poetry, The Last Word in Astronomy, both by Fleur Publishing, Misha’s latest book is a collection of poetry, Abraham’s Bagel by Avid Readers Publishing Group.


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moscow by heart

Moscow by Heart

In memory of Misha Fainerman

Misha Feigin: guitar, voice | Helmut Bieler-Wendt – violin, objects | Johannes Frisch – double bass

Poem by Misha Feigin. Produced by Misha Feigin. Cover photo by Valentin Michkevitch.

All tracks recorded live at Badischer Kunstverein in full length with no overdubs or post production. Track 1 & 2 recorded in October 2004 at the first meeting of this trio. Track 4 to 6 recorded in May 2012. DPR Records, 221 N. Clifton Ave. # 31, Louisville KY 40206, USA.

All music by Moscow by Heart

Tracklist: 1. Seven Days, Feathered [10:41] 2. Against the Grain [18:57] 3. We Remember [14:36] 4. No Shores [10:27] 5. Taveling Light [6:06] Total Time: [61:27]

listen to Feigin, Helmut Bieler-Wendt, Frisch | Seven Days, Feathered (excerpt)

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Photo by Hubl Greiner

Helmut Bieler-Wendt studied violin, piano, music theory, improvisation and composition at the University of Music Karlsruhe with Hans Börner, Günter Reinhold, Eugen Werner Velte and Wolfgang Rihm. Furthermore he completed courses with Johannes Fritsch (contemporary music and improvisation), Michael Ranta (improvisation and asiatic music) and Peter Ausländer (experimental musical theater, dance). 1988 he took his artistic final examination with Wolfgang Rihm. Helmut Bieler-Wendt received scholarships of Karlsruhe and Darmstadt, of the ministry for science Baden-Wuerttemberg and the promoting community of German art. Since 1976 he works as a musician and composer in different formations.

Helmut Bieler-Wendt – projects and concerts with Lol Coxhill, Chico Freeman, Phil Minton, Ferdinand Richard, Hakim Ludin, Fred Frith, Mia Zabelka, Joachim Krebs, Sabine Schäfer, Hubl Greiner, Johannes Frisch, Peter Hollinger, Takumi Fukushima, Peter Kowald, Sainkho Namtchylak, Michael Bach, Dietmar Diesner, Johannes Bauer, Rudolf Theilmann, Irene Schweizer, Vladimir Vaclavec and many others. He was a member of THE BLECH from 1989 – 1996.

Since 2004 Helmut Bieler-Wendt is the director of “Institut für Neue Musik und Musikerziehung” (Institute for Contemporary Music and Music Education).

Johannes Frisch works since the late 1970s as a performer, composer and improviser of contemporary music between experimental rock, free jazz and other openminded styles. On his main instrument, the double bass, he works for more than three decades consequently on an individual expressive language. He played with lot of musicians of the international scene of free improvisation and all experimental fields – among others Lol Coxhill, Maggie Nicols, Johannes Bauer, Le Quan Ninh, Paul Hubweber, Michael Vorfeld, Misha Feigin. Compositions for theatre, film and dance theater actual projects: Kammerflimmer Kollektief; Home of the Beast, with Peter Hollinger und Helmut Bieler-Wendt; Ensemble Sondarc, Music for six double basses; rat’n’x; trio with Paul Wirkus & Mikolaj Trzaska;. concerts & festivals all over europe.

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it’s coming

In the scorching heat, the thick
Air is frozen, the birds fly low,
Silent, the sweaty citizens move
About the bleak streets, slow
As oversize flies.

On his shabby porch at the edge of
Town, Vigilante focuses his telescope
At the blurry border of the visible
Landscape humming something
Guttural and unsettling.

He pours whiskey generously
Into an opaque glass, shakes
The ice cubes, takes a good swig,
Quacks with content scratching
His unshaven, prominent chin
And begins to wait.

the other side of reflections

Misha Feigin & Susan Alcorn

The Other Side Of Reflections

Misha Feigin– classical guitar (on tracks 1 and 2), dobro (on track 3), balalaika (on track 4) | Susan Alcorn pedal steel guitar

Recorded by Steve Good in Louisville, Kentucky. Produced by Misha Feigin. Photos by Misha Feigin. All Music by Misha Feigin and Susan Alcorn. DPR Records, BMI (c) 2012, 221 N. Clifton Ave. No. 31, Louisville KY 40206

Tracklist: 1. Behind Reflections [12:23] 2. In the Flux [12:35] 3. Aerial Disturbances [18:41] 4. Little Creatures, Lights, and Clouds [10:40]

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Susan Alcorn | Photo by David Lobato
Susan Alcorn | Photo by David Lobato

Susan Alcorn is a Baltimore, Maryland-based composer and musician who has received international recognition as an innovator of the pedal steel guitar, an instrument whose sound is commonly associated with country and western music. Alcorn has absorbed the technique of C&W pedal steel playing and refined it to a virtuosic level. Her original music reveals the influence of free jazz, avant-garde classical music, Indian ragas, Indigenous traditions, and other musics of the world. The UK Guardian describes her music as “beautiful, glassy and liquid, however far she strays from pulse and conventional harmony.

In addition to frequent tours throughout North America and Europe, Susan has performed in the UK at the London Festival of Experimental Music, the On The Outside Festival in Newcastle, and the Glasgow Improvisors Orchestra Improvisation Festival; in France at the Musique Action Festival in Vandoeuvre-lès-Nancy, Ateliers Tampon and Instants Chavires in Paris; in Germany at the Leipzig JazzTage and with the ICI Ensemble in Munich; The Stone, CBGBs, and Issue Project Room in New York; Il Continiere in Rome; and at Arsenic and Cave 12 in Switzerland.

Though mostly a solo performer, she has collaborated with numerous artists including Pauline Oliveros, Eugene Chadbourne., the late Peter Kowald, Chris Cutler, Fred Frith, Maggie Nicols, Joe Giardullo, Joe McPhee, Mike Cooper, Lê Quan Ninh, Ellen Fullman, Evan Parker, Ellery Eskelin, and John Butcher as well as continuing projects with Caroline Kraabel, cellist Janel Leppin and Scottish guitarist George Burt.

misha feigin’s music for children | you, me and the songs we sing

Me, You and the Songs We Sing

Misha Feigin’s Music for Children

Misha Feigin – guitar 1-15, voice 1-3, 5-15, harmonica 7,8,15 | Maria Zdorovova – voice 1,4,11,12 | Beata Zdorovova – voice 11,14 | Mikhail Utkin – cello 11,12 | Avenir – recorder 5,6,10,11,12 fiddle – 4,10 | Felix Ivanov – hurdy-gurdy 4 mandolin, harmonica, xylophone 6 | Sergei Kopchenkov – piano 1,12 harpsichord 11 celesta 14 / Sergei Gurgeloshvili – saxophone 1 | Boris Sichon – percussion 1

Tracklist:  1. A Ring O’Roses – folk [2:46] 2. Three Jolly Hunters – folk [3:46] 3. The Owl and the Pussycat – Edward Lear/Misha Feigin [2:35] 4. Goosey, Goosey Gander – folk [2:25] 5. A Glass of Milk and a Slice of Bread – folk [3:06] 6. Deedle, Deedle, Dumpling – folk [2:15] 7. Gnomes – Walter de la Mare/Misha Feigin [3:05] 8. Bones – Walter de la Mare/Misha Feigin [2:28] 9. The Table and the Chair – Edward Lear/Misha Feigin [3:57] 10. Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary – folk [2:08] 11. Bah, Bah, Black Sheep – folk [4:37] 12. Hickory, Dickory, Dock – folk [3:14] 13. Calico Pie – Edward Lear/Misha Feigin [2:47] 14. Donna-Donna – Secunda/Keeves/Schwartz [3:19] 15. The Miller and His Son – Walter de la Mare/Misha Feigin [4:32] Total Time: [46:28]

Produced and arranged by Misha Feigin, recorded in Moscow and Louisville, Kentucky. SFR Records, 221 N. Clifton Ave. #31 Louisville, KY 40206, USA

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