One of the best guitarists of Russia, singer-songwriter and storyteller Misha Feigin was born and raised in Moscow. He has toured extensively in most of the United States, Canada, and Europe. Misha left behind an established career hallmarked by four albums released on Russian “Melodia” label, appearances on popular radio and television shows, national and international tours, and publications in various magazines. The Russian independent radio station “Echo of Moscow” ended three days of emergency broadcasting after the failed coup in August 1991 with Misha’s song “Gulp of Freedom”.
In the United States, Misha has performed concerts for over 300,000 students in 47 States and produced seven albums. He was featured on the NPR (National Public Radio) program “Mountain Stage”, and shared the stage with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary. Misha recently toured again in Russia. Misha examines the cultural differences among Russia, modern Germany, and the United States, including customs, schools, sports, and wildlife. The students will learn how unique and amusing American customs are, and will have fun asking questions, participating in discussions, and exploring Russian and German ways of life. Misha sings in English and Russian, and plays guitar, balalaika, piano, and harmonicas. His knowledge of English allows him to communicate with his audiences clearly and directly. Misha is an artist with Kentucky Educational Showcases, Very Special Arts (VSA Kentucky), Columbus Arts Council, and Young Audiences. Misha offers programs and workshops that can be tailored to elementary, middle, or high school audiences.
Custom-planned full-day residencies that include one performance and four “hands-on” workshops in a classroom, where Misha shares more detailed information about Russia and Germany and answers questions. The students will pick up a few Russian and German words and will be introduced to the Cyrillic alphabet. They will be able to explore some Russian and German artifacts such as money, art books, photographs, and folk-art items.
One-week or two-week residencies with multimedia creativity enhancement workshops. Misha uses games and creative exercises connecting music, creative writing, and visual arts of different styles, cultures, and eras to create stories, poems, songs and artwork. Students will experience the joy of collective musical improvisation, no matter what musical skill they have or what musical instruments they choose. Workshops are fun every minute! Programs and workshops are tailored to every particular age group: K-3, 4-6, 6-8, 9-12.
Study guides and curriculum connection webs are included. Curriculum areas reinforced: Art, Music, Social Studies, especially Geography and History, Language Arts, Social Skills. Fees are based on time and travel. Special discounts for block-booking.