Irina Rivkin | Upwelling

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by Irina Rivkin

Gutsy poetic vocal world originals with textured harmonies and insightful lyrics that bite back
Genre: Folk: Political
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Boulders on my Path
1:44 $0.99
2. Ducking From Shadows
3:23 $0.99
3. Ya Eyo Lublu (I Love Her in Russian)
3:01 $0.99
4. Glass House
2:18 $0.99
5. Little Silver Packets
2:59 $0.99
6. Hold the Moment
2:55 $0.99
7. Sobrevivientes
2:57 $0.99
8. Survivors (translstion)
0:57 $0.99
9. See through Bush
3:26 $0.99
10. Timeless Road
3:11 $0.99
11. Welfare-To-Work Blues
3:39 $0.99
12. River & Volcano
2:28 $0.99
13. Taking Our Freedom
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
From August 31, 2005 to January 2006, Irina Rivkin is donating 100% of her online sales to American Red Cross to help hurricane survivors, so by purchasing "upwelling" on CDBaby you are making a donation to American Red Cross.

Outmusic Awards Recipient for OutSong of the Year 2003, Indiegrrl performer, Rose Street founder and singer-songwriter Irina Rivkin has performed for 25 years, from her childhood singing Russian folk and American Jazz in a family band, to performing her own songs for the 12 years, mixing solo work with collaborations. She organized the original vocal ensemble, Making Waves, around a song she had written supporting the struggle of community radio station KPFA. Her poetic gutsy folk-world originals journey into the personal and political, with occasional travels into Russian and Spanish language lyrics. Her full-length CD "upwelling" was released on Rose Street Records in 2004, and has received airplay on over 100 radio programs. "See Through Bush," a song from "upwelling", received repeated airplay all over the world after being chosen for the Acoustic Rainbow v.20 radio sampler (sent in Oct. 2004 to almost 1300 radio stations). In addition, as an occasional harmony vocalist for SONiA, she sang at the 4/25/04 March for Women's Lives in Washington DC, the biggest march in US History, as well as at the June 2004 Clearwater Hudson River Revival on a stage shared with Pete Seeger, Holly Near, Toshi Reagan, and Dar Williams!

Irina layers her poetic lyrics with rich harmonies and vocal percussive rhythms.

Rose Street Harmony Tours, featuring Irina Rivkin in collaboration with other Rose Street singer/songwriters, are offered at a variety of colleges, festivals, venues, house concerts and more! For booking contact To join the email-list for your area, visit and choose the list you prefer.


"She is political, jazzy, and, harmony-rich vocals... rhythm & sound would pass a Russian Sweet Honey in the Rock." Angela Page, Sing Out! Summer 2004

"irina is a gift... her voice is pure and you can hear the sincerity... it is a special thing ... her true soul shines through and it makes your heart smile." [SONiA of Disappear Fear]

"When I hear Irina's music, I feel as though I am hearing the voice of our ancestors. Deep, inspired, & passionate, her richly textured arrangements make the songs both urgent & enduring." [Andrea Pritchett of Rebecca Riots]

"beautiful lyrical melody, the added voice over of earthy harmony, and finally the texture of beatbox all performed live with the benefit of electronic looping. This feminist beatboxer poet has it all in one dynamic package." [Janie Roberts, Venue Owner, Wild Janes]

"Wow...Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed your performance.. you are funny, and engaging and your messages are important.. they cause people to think and to want to act differently in a positive way.. Your talent is very unique and so wonderful... and your humor wow.. you have great stage presence and audience interaction. we (my family and I) have really enjoyed listening to your CD.. seeing live was well truly amazing." Sallyanne Monti, President & CEO, Queer Stuff Enterprises

"I was unable to move! Your voice is just so absolutely gorgeous! I was captivated! No one does what you do." [Kym Tuvim, Singer/Songwriter]

"Insightful lyrics that bite back!" [Helen Walsh, ArtJuju Producer]

"What she does is so beautiful and artistic - she takes risks and leaps - it's refreshing." - Deborah Levoy, singer/songwriter

"I've come across one maybe two people who have struck me as sincerely as you have. It just bowls one over, teh complete dismissal of everything except what you feel." "I got chills!" - Comments from audience members

"Her voice is full of sincere expression." -Mare Wakefield, Eugene Weekly

"Irina Rivkin captivates the audience with her seeping vocals and passionate performance!" - Kim Baker, Earthwater Records



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Wow I was totally blown away by this cd
This is a must have cd. I play it non stop and it is amazing. Every on needs a copy. It is heart stopping beautiful music

Poetman Records

"We find Irina's song and her performance to be in the same spirit as Sweet Honey in the Rock. The album is filled with great songs of political and social statements. Highly recommended!" Poetman Records, Acoustic Rainbow

CD Reviews of Muse's Muse, Reviewer Stacey Board

Rivkin is a modern poet, protester, trailblazer and compassionate artist...voice
The first thing you notice about Irina is that she is very brave. Then immediately after you realize that she is also very talented and very unique. Her voice is like a fine liquid glass ribbon. It is versatile, solid, fragile and flowing.

Her songwriting voice is also very unique and strong. Her melodies soar and swoop but still stand solid and balanced. She writes with what I imagine is a mirror and flowers in one hand, and a pen and sword in the other. She is not afraid to be vulnerable, and she’s not afraid to tell you how it is, even when the flaws are yours. Rivkin is a modern poet, protester, trailblazer and compassionate artist.

The varied harmonies that are added by Making Waves, her trio that includes partners Maria Quiles and Rebecca Crump simply shine. Their voices are lovely and they sound lovely together.

If you appreciate music with a heart, a brain and a message you will adore Irina Rivkin’s “Upwelling”.

Adam McVay

Ground breaking and completely original
Unlike any music ever written! The use of recording on-the-spot poignant lyrics, then playing back these rich melodies while singing over them, layering in deep foundations and complex harmonies is ground breaking and completely original.