Read The Guestbook:
From Andy, New York,
February 20, 2006
Your singing is amazing; your writing is beautiful. I'm listening to the songs
and thinking, "I was dancing Tango with her!!!???
Additionally, you website is about the best I have ever seen -- in and of
itself a work of art -- very impressive!
Hope you can make it to NY in between your trips to Austin!
From Jerry Evans, Fairfax
VA, February 17, 2006
of the hidden talents of DC. An engrossing and passionate show.
I'm coming back for more. Just wonderful.
From Ernesto, El Paso TX,
February 9, 2006
JOB! I’am very impressed. I did't Know you have those beautiful
talents. you surprise me.
From Jeff, Findlay OH, February 9, 2006
your site and your music!
From Spencer, February 7, 2006
You are Amazing! I love your voice, and music! It is soothing, and makes me fall in love!
From Pete - heard you at Old Firehouse Grill, Herndon VA, February 3, 2006
This is the guy who said you didn't want to see him dance. I listened to half of your "Invisible Magic" CD on my drive home
to Herndon…I think you're a very talented and unusual performer with a very dramatic presentation of your music and poetry.
It's unique. You must have an interesting life story…Your poetry has already inspired me with an idea for a poem. It
would be called "The Arctic Twilight of My Mind".
Here's hoping you a long and prosperous career. God bless.
Greg, Silver Spring MD, January 27, 2006
was really great having you there. You are a natural performer. Very engaging.
It was well received by the audience too!
Ruthie, Takoma Park MD, January 27, 2006
Hi Irina. Just wanted to make sure you know how much we appreciated having you on our Jamboree.
It was definitely a unique night and you were awesome. That 3 dollar ring's worth a million. THANK YOU! Ruthie
From Irina and Robert Plumlee, Dallas TX, January 3, 2006
Irin, we got to listen to your CD a few more times over the holiday break and my favorites are tracks #s 5, 9, and 11,
but this, of course, do not mean that I did not like the rest, rather these are the favorites :). Very-very nice!
Vlad was impressed with your interpretation of Robert Burns (I liked it a lot!), and Rob made many a comment regarding
the high quality of arrangements and all different technical tools used. The only remaining question is:
When will the next CD hit the stands??
From Irina and Robert Plumlee, Dallas TX, December 30, 2005
Irin, We have just finished listening to your CD and I wanted to tell you right away that it is VERY impressive!!
Both Robert and I liked it a lot and thought that it is very tasteful and is very professionally done.
I just like it a lot and am going to listen often and will be ordering a batch of CDs for a few Russian and
non-Russian friends who, I think, will enjoy. I hope that my view of your CD as a perfect gift does not trivialize
the matter in your eyes. Congrats on a very impressive first project - let the New Year inspire you to more of the same.
We are ready to start building our "Irina Astra" collection. Very proud of you!!
From Ron, Washington DC, December 30, 2005
few people on this planet possess and implement creative and expressive gifts
to your degree and level.
I tell people, "As soon as Irina takes the stage, she is ON! Everything
she says and does is pure performance art. Don't blink or you will miss
I don't feel that way about anyone else!
From Hector, Washington
DC, Dec 25, 2005
MERRY CRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW
YEAR Love E.V.
Alison, Washington DC, July 22, 2005
just wanted to let you know, I listened to your CD yesterday, and I was just
You've hit on such a unique, beautiful, sound,
and that's soooo hard to do these days, with everything sounding the
same. All your diverse music interests just came together into one
package that makes total sense and is just beautiful to hear. Lady,
you really are onto something ... it's going to be an exciting ride!!!
your CD will be one of my primary influences and reference points. I
can't wait to hear the whole thing. By the way, I think
"Love-Blind" is great
... just a gorgeous, seamless, well-structured example of what I hear going
on in your music as a whole. Beautiful. You go, girl!!!
From Ron Goad, Washington DC, July 21, 2005
Dear Irina Astra,
I really was "wowed" at Stella's by your multifaceted gifts. The performance was most enjoyable in so
many ways! I taught Creative Writing courses and English for 30 years, and I recognize that you are an actress,
a poet, a singer, a guitarist! One side of you is like a female Jobim!
www.saw.org Songwriters' Association of Washington Board Member
www.focusmusic.org Focus Music, Inc. Vice President
www.restonherndonfolkclub.com Reston-Herndon Folk Club Representative
www.nvrpa.org/meadowlark Meadowlark Gardens Folk Music Event Producer
From Steve Key, Washington DC, 21 July 2005
Thanks for your riveting performance -- I love it when an artist can hold the audience's attention so well!
From Natalia, Washington DC, 15 July 2005
Finally all your efforts and talents paid off!! This is an incredible site, and a big step in the right direction.
Amazing photos and inspiring poetry. I am very proud of you!! My wishes to you is to keep going and keep
sharing your talent and beauty with the world. May your star always shine!!
Always your supporter and devoted friend,
From Adrian, Tokyo, Japan, 10 May 2005
Te mando un saludo desde Japon!! Yo vi con sorpresa tu website! Te has convertido
en artista aunque probablemente estaba dentro de ti. Para mi un gran sorpresa ver este "otro lado" de ti.
No lo podia imaginar que tocaras la guitarra ni mucho menos que podias escribir canciones!
From Alison, Washington DC, 24 Mar 2005
Hey, it was great seeing you last night. You truly are stunning to watch. Your words, already evocative,
take on another dimension when you perform them, weaving them with song and movement, etc.
From Brad, Richmond VA, 17 Mar 2005
I've enjoyed reading your poetry and looking at the pictures on your site. You're very talented, and I look
forward to seeing you read or perform live sometime
in the future. In the meantime, I'll visit your site from time to time to
get updates, new pictures, new poems, etc.
From Andrew, Rockville MD, 14 Mar 2005
hey its andrew thanks for the creds on the site bya.
From Vidal, Los Angeles CA, 12 Mar 2005
Irina, so glad to see your web sight and finally the beautiful pictures.
My hopes are to someday take some photos of you for your collection. I
hope you don't mind I am forwarding your websight to some friends at work, who
always wanted to meet you. As always walk in beauty I will write to you
later. ABRAZOS e BESOS
Ruthie, Washington DC, 11 Mar 2005
Irina! I'll definitely try to see you somewhere! Ruthie
From Leonardo, Austin TX, 11 Mar 2005
I'm very impressed with your passionate writing, the solitude of
some of your verses hit home in a sweet way. I really enjoy the
refreshing writing. I'll be waiting for more.
From Dima, Washington DC, 11 Mar 2005
Great site :) I'll definetely will try to attend one of your presentations.
Janna, Washington DC, Thu Mar 10 2005
is very impressive website! It’s a beautiful website. I really like your
Tatiana, Moscow Russia, Tue Mar 1 2005
I am impressed with your web site. You are great!
All my best,
Katya, Boston, Massachusetts, 9 Feb 2005
tvoi site - klassno! i dazhe nashla dve fotki so mnoi :)
you're much more ahead of me - ia do sih por dazhe normal'nyh digital imagei
imeiu svoih rabot. Tak chto poka poslat' nechego. Ty sama delala site? tam
wow - u tebia takie stihi! Grustnye tol'ko - ty nepopravimyi romantik v samom
luchshem smysle :) Tak hochetsia pesni poslushat' - est' MP3-shki ili eshe
chego? Ty prosto molodets! vidish - DC dal tebe tvorcheskij tolchok, znachit
vse tak ploho.
Badger, Austin TX, Mon Feb 7 2005
The words are beautiful. You have true talent, that will be rewarded one
May your world be filled with creative thoughts and dreams!
Rick, Bethesda MD, Tue Feb 1 2005
Now, I have had a chance to visit your web site. It is a beautiful site. I
hope my comment about the
homepage before was not inappropriately cast, but it is a stunning and
evocative page and I loved it.
Your site is amazing. You should be very proud of it.
The Writer’s Center in Bethesda
Alison, Washington DC, Thu Jan 20 2004
Nice website - I like the romantic photography. And I love your
poem about the rain. Very moving.
P.F., Puerto Rico, Wed Jan 19 2004
of the poems are amazingly good...
i liked the ones on the beast, the three dollar ring and especially the label
of the beer, that would make a good song!
still reminds me the songs of Leonard Cohen (and this is a compliment, i like
mixes traditional with country, maybe you could do something similar with
Bill, Washington DC, Thu 13 Jan 2005
Irina Poetessa! I've only begun to read your poetry, but the one
about the Rain particularly
touched me and made me realize I need to really sit and read them all, slowly,
meaningfully, by firelight. The hasty light of day will not do them
Thanks for speaking your poetic consciousness with your poetic voice. It
reminds me that we never
ever really know another person just by being around them or "doing
lunch", or even "doing salsa". Events and gatherings and dates
are fine, but it is only those quiet, 3 AM moments when a solitary soul
communes with itself or nature, or when joined souls speak to each other --
that the core of existence is really felt. Your poems speak to such