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Regina Spektor

Background information
Born February 18, 1980 (1980-02-18) (age 27)
Flag of the Soviet Union Moscow, USSR
Genre(s) Anti-folk, Indie rock, Acoustic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, record producer
Instrument(s) Piano, Vocals, Guitar
Years active 2001 – present
Label(s) Warner/Sire
Website Official website

Regina Spektor (Russian: Регина Спектор; born February 18, 1980) is a Soviet-born American singer-songwriter and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East Village. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 287 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (1259 × 2626 pixels, file size: 1. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_Soviet_Union. ... For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Anti-folk (or antifolk) is a genre of music related to punk rock and American folk music that originated in the mid-1980s in New York City. ... Indie rock is a subgenre of rock music often used to refer to bands that are on small independent record labels or that arent on labels at all. ... It has been suggested that Unplugged be merged into this article or section. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Guitar (disambiguation). ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Warner Music Group is one of the Big Four record labels. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Soviet redirects here. ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ... A short grand piano, with the lid up. ... Anti-folk (or antifolk) is a genre of music related to punk rock and American folk music that originated in the mid-1980s in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Looking south from 6th Street down Second Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares through the East Village. ...

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Early life

Spektor was born in Moscow, USSR, to a musical Jewish family. Her father, Ilya Spektor, a photographer, was also an amateur violinist. Her mother was a music professor in a Russian college of music, and now teaches at a public elementary school in Mount Vernon, New York.[1] For other uses, see Moscow (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Jew (disambiguation). ... A violinist is an instrumentalist who plays the violin. ... For other places with the same name, see Mount Vernon (disambiguation). ...


Spektor learned how to play piano by practicing on a Petrof that was given to her mother by her grandfather.[2] She was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as The Beatles, Queen, and The Moody Blues by her father, who obtained such recordings in Eastern Europe and traded cassettes with friends in the Soviet Union.[1] The family left the Soviet Union in 1989, when Regina was nine, during the period of Perestroika, when Soviet citizens were permitted to emigrate. Unfortunately, Regina had to leave her piano behind.[3] The seriousness of her piano studies led her parents to consider not leaving the USSR, but they finally decided to emigrate, due to the ethnic and political discrimination which Jews faced.[4] Petrof is a Czech piano maker. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970 in London by guitarist Brian May, singer Freddie Mercury and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... The Moody Blues are a British rock band originally from Birmingham, England. ... Pre-1989 division between the West (grey) and Eastern Bloc (orange) superimposed on current national boundaries: Russia (dark orange), other countries of the former USSR (medium orange),members of the Warsaw pact (light orange), and other former Communist regimes not aligned with Moscow (lightest orange). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


Traveling first to Austria and then Italy, the family settled in the Bronx, New York, where Spektor graduated from the SAR Academy, a middle Jewish day school in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. She then attended high school for two years on a scholarship at the Frisch School, a yeshiva in Paramus, New Jersey, but, feeling out of place, eventually transferred to a secular public school, Fair Lawn High School, in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she finished the last two years of her high school career.[2][5] For other uses, see The Bronx (disambiguation). ... SAR Academy is a coeducational, private Modern Orthodox Jewish day school. ... A Jewish day school is a modern Jewish educational institution that is designed to provide Jewish children with both a Jewish and a secular education in one school on a full time basis, hence its name of day school meaning a school that the students attend for an entire... Riverdale Riverdale (population approximately 45,000, according to the 2000 U.S. Census) is a middle- and upper-class residential neighborhood in the northwest Bronx, New York City. ... The Frisch School, founded in 1972 by Rabbi Menachem Meier and Alfred Frisch, is a coeducational yeshiva (Jewish day school) secondary school located in Paramus, New Jersey, which adheres to the tenets and practices of Modern Orthodox Judaism. ... Paramus (IPA: ) is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. ... Fair Lawn High School is located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey. ... Fair Lawn is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. ...


Spektor has stated that she was originally interested only in classical music, but that she later became interested in hip hop, rock and punk as well.[1]


Beginnings as a songwriter

In New York, Spektor gained a firm grounding in classical music from her piano teacher, Sonia Vargas, a professor at the Manhattan School of Music. Spektor studied with Vargas—whom Spektor's father had met through violinist Samuel Marder, Vargas's husband—until she was 17.[6] Although the family had been unable to bring their piano with them from Russia, Spektor found a piano on which to practice in the basement of her synagogue, also utilizing tabletops and other hard surfaces for this purpose.[2] The Manhattan School of Music is one of Americas leading music conservatories located in New York City that offers degrees on the bachelors, masters, and doctoral levels in the areas of classical and jazz performance and composition. ...


Although she had always made up songs around the house, Spektor first became interested in songwriting during a visit to Israel with the Nesiya Institute in her teenage years. Attracting attention from the other children on the trip for the songs she made up while hiking, she realized she had an aptitude for songwriting.[4] Following this trip, she was first exposed to the work of Joni Mitchell, Ani DiFranco, and other singer-songwriters, which gave her the idea that she could create her own songs.[4] She began writing her first a cappella songs around age sixteen, and wrote her first songs for voice and piano when she was nearly eighteen.[1] The Nesiya Institute Nesiya, from the Hebrew נסיעה, meaning journey, is an independent year-round non-profit organization based in Jerusalem and New York City. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Ani DiFranco (IPA: ) (born Angela Maria Difranco on September 23, 1970) is a singer, guitarist, and songwriter. ... This article is about the vocal technique. ...


Spektor completed the four-year studio composition program of the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College in Purchase, New York within three years, graduating with honors in 2001. Around this time, she also worked briefly at a butterfly farm in Luck, Wisconsin, and studied in Tottenham, England for one semester. The State University of New York at Purchase, also known as Purchase College and SUNY Purchase, is a public liberal, visual, and performing arts college in Purchase, New York, United States, a part of the State University of New York system. ... Purchase, New York is part of the town of Harrison, in Westchester County. ... Latin honors are Latin phrases used to indicate the level of academic distinction with which an academic degree was earned. ... Luck is a village located in Polk County, Wisconsin. ... Tottenham is an urban area of north London in the London Borough of Haringey, situated 6. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ...


She gradually achieved recognition through performances in the anti-folk scene in downtown New York City, most importantly at the East Village's Sidewalk Cafe, but also at the Living Room, Tonic, Fez, the Knitting Factory, and CB's Gallery.[2] During this period, she sold her self-produced CDs 11:11 (2001) and Songs (2002) at such performances. Anti-folk (or antifolk) is a genre of music related to punk rock and American folk music that originated in the mid-1980s in New York City. ... Looking south from 6th Street down Second Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares through the East Village. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... CBGB (Country, Blue Grass, and Blues) was a music club at 315 Bowery at Bleecker Street in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. ... Songs is the second album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. ...


Style

Regina Spektor in concert, April 2007.
Regina Spektor in concert, April 2007.

Spektor has said that she has created 700 songs,[7] but that she rarely writes any of them down. She has also stated that she never aspired to write songs herself, but songs seem to just flow to her.[8] Spektor's songs are not usually autobiographical, but rather are based on scenarios and characters drawn from her imagination.[9][4] Her songs show influences from folk,[10][11] punk, rock, Jewish,[9][12] Russian,[9] hip hop,[10][13][14] jazz,[10][13] and classical music.[9][13] Spektor's musical style has drawn many comparisons to fellow singer-pianists Tori Amos and Fiona Apple,[15][14] as well as the vocal stylings of Bjork. Spektor has said that she works hard to ensure that each of her songs has its own musical style, rather than trying to develop a distinctive style for her music as a whole.[8] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Cover of the first English edition of 1793 of Benjamin Franklins autobiography. ... Folk song redirects here. ... Punk rock is an anti-establishment music movement beginning around 1976 (although precursors can be found several years earlier), exemplified and popularised by The Ramones, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Damned. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Secular Jewish culture embraces several related phenomena; above all, it is the culture of secular communities of Jewish people, but it can also include the cultural contributions of individuals who identify as secular Jews, or even those of religious Jews working in cultural areas not generally considered to be connected... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... This article is about Western art music from 1000 AD to the 2000s . ... Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on August 22, 1963) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. ... Fiona Apple (born September 13, 1977) is a Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter. ... Björk Guðmundsdóttir (born November 21, 1965 in Reykjavík, Iceland) is a singer/songwriter with a great expressive range and an interest in many kinds of music including popular, hip-hop, alternative-rock, torch songs, folk, and classical. ...


Spektor possesses a broad vocal range and uses the full extent of it. She also explores a variety of different and somewhat unorthodox vocal techniques, such as verses composed entirely of buzzing noises made with the lips and beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads, and also makes use of such unusual musical techniques as using a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano or chair.[16][4] Part of her style also results from the exaggeration of certain aspects of vocalization, most notably the glottal stop, which is prominent in the single "Fidelity." She also uses a strong New York accent on some words, which she has said is due to her love of New York and its culture.[1] Human voices may be classified according to their vocal range — the highest and lowest pitches that they can produce. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... UK Single Cover Pt. ... New York Dialect is the variety of the English language spoken by most European Americans in New York City and much of its metropolitan area including Northern New Jersey, Westchester and Rockland counties, and all of Long Island. ...


Her lyrics are equally eclectic, often taking the form of abstract narratives or first-person character studies, similar to short stories or vignettes put to song.[16][1] Spektor usually sings in English, though she sometimes includes a few words or verses of Latin, Russian, French, and other languages in her songs. Some of Spektor's lyrics include literary allusions,[4] such as to F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in "Poor Little Rich Boy", The Little Prince in "Baobabs", Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood in "Paris", Ezra Pound and William Shakespeare in "Pound of Flesh", Boris Pasternak in "Après Moi", Samson and Delilah in "Samson", and Oedipus the King in "Oedipus". She also used a line from Joni Mitchell's California in her song "The Devil Came to Bethlehem". Recurring themes and topics in Spektor's lyrics include love, death, religion (particularly Biblical and Jewish references), city life (particularly New York references), and certain key phrases have been known to recur in different songs by Spektor, such as references to gravediggers, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil and the name "Mary Ann". Spektor's use of satire is evident in "Wasteside," which refers to the classic satirical novel by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov The Twelve Chairs, and describes the town in which people are born, get their haircut, and then are sent to the cemetery. This article is in need of attention. ... In theater and script writing, vignettes are short, impressionistic scenes that focus on one moment or give one impression about a character, an idea, or a setting. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For other uses, see Latin (disambiguation). ... Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American Jazz Age author of novels and short stories. ... Ernest Miller Hemingway (July 21, 1899 – July 2, 1961) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. ... The Little Prince (French: Le petit prince), published in 1943, is French aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupérys most famous novel, which he wrote in the United States while renting The Bevin House in Asharoken, New York, on Long Island. ... For the American writer, see Virginia Euwer Wolff. ... Margaret Eleanor Atwood, OC (born November 18, 1939) is a Canadian writer. ... Ezra Pound in 1913. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Boris Leonidovich Pasternak (Russian: ) (February 10 [O.S. January 29] 1890 – May 30, 1960) was a Nobel Prize-winning Russian poet and writer, in the West best known for his epic novel Doctor Zhivago. ... Samson and Delilah, by Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) This article is about Biblical figure. ... For other uses, see Delilah (disambiguation). ... Greek Wikisource has original text related to this article: Oedipus the King Oedipus the King (Greek , Oedipus Tyrannus, or Oedipus the Tyrant), also known as Oedipus Rex, is a Greek tragedy, written by Sophocles and first performed ca. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943) is a Canadian musician, songwriter, and painter. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Largest metro area Greater Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... Look up Gravedigger in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Ilf and Petrov Ilya Ilf (Ilya Arnoldovich Faynzilberg, 1897–1937) and Evgeny or Yevgeny Petrov (Yevgeniy Petrovich Kataev or Katayev, 1903–1942) were two Soviet prose authors of the 1920s and 1930s. ... The Twelve Chairs The Twelve Chairs (Russian: ) (1928) is a famous satirical novel by the Soviet authors Ilf and Petrov. ...


In Spektor's early albums, many of her tracks had a very dry vocal production, with very little reverb or delay added. However, Spektor's more recent albums, particularly Begin to Hope, have put more emphasis into song production and have relied more on traditional pop and rock instruments.[3]


Spektor says the records that most impact her are those of "bands whose music is really involved,"[17] specifically naming The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Billie Holiday, Radiohead, Tom Waits, and Frédéric Chopin as primary influences.[18][17] The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... This article is about the recording artist. ... Billie Holiday (April 7, 1915 – July 17, 1959), born Eleanora Fagan and later nicknamed Lady Day (see Jazz royalty regarding similar nicknames), was an American jazz singer, a seminal influence on jazz and pop singers, and generally regarded as one of the greatest female jazz vocalists. ... Radiohead are an English rock band. ... Thomas Alan Waits (born December 7, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and actor. ... Chopin redirects here. ...


Performances

Spektor at her first performance in Tel Aviv, Israel on 2007-03-11.
Spektor at her first performance in Tel Aviv, Israel on 2007-03-11.

Spektor's first nationwide tour was accompanying The Strokes as the opening act on their 2003–2004 Room on Fire tour, during which she and the band performed and recorded "Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men." Kings of Leon were the second opening act on that tour, and they invited Regina to open for them on their own European tour right after The Strokes tour. In June 2005 Spektor was the opening act for the English piano rock band Keane on their North American tour, during which she performed at Radio City Music Hall on June 7, 2005.[19] During her headlining 2006 tour in support of the "Begin to Hope" album, Spektor sold out two shows at Town Hall Theater in New York City in September on the 27th and 28th.[20] Image File history File links Size of this preview: 481 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (821 × 1,024 pixels, file size: 342 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 481 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (821 × 1,024 pixels, file size: 342 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... Tel-Aviv was founded on empty dunes north of the existing city of Jaffa. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... Room on Fire is the second album by the band The Strokes. ... Modern Girls & Old Fashion Men is the b-side on Reptilia, the second single lifted from Room on Fire, the sophomore album of acclaimed American garage rock/post-punk band The Strokes. ... Kings of Leon are a rock band made up of three brothers and one cousin, based in Mt. ... For other uses, see Stroke (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Keane (disambiguation). ... is the 158th day of the year (159th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Subsequently, she has appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (twice), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (twice), Jimmy Kimmel Live, Last Call with Carson Daly (four times), Late Show with David Letterman, CBS News Sunday Morning, Good Morning America and Australia's Rove Live.[21] Since roughly January 2005, Spektor has performed on a bright red Baldwin baby grand piano.[22] Late Night with Conan OBrien is an Emmy Award-winning American late night talk show that is syndicated worldwide. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Jimmy Kimmel Live is a late-night talk show in the United States created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, broadcast from the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, California. ... Last Call with Carson Daly is a late night NBC talk show, hosted by former MTV VJ Carson Daly. ... Late Show redirects here. ... CBS News Sunday Morning is a news show featuring news and feature segments that airs Sunday mornings on CBS. Its hosted by Charles Osgood. ... Good Morning America is a weekday morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network. ... Rove, formerly Rove Live is a Logie Award winning Australian weekly television talk show hosted by and named after Perth-born comedian Rove McManus. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


Although she generally only performs original material, Spektor performed her first covers in 2005, of songs by Leonard Cohen and Madonna, for the 2nd Annual Jewish Music & Heritage Festival at the 92nd Street Y in New York City.[4] In 2006, Spektor embarked on a headlining tour of the United States and Europe, selling out numerous clubs and theaters.[citation needed] She also covered John Lennon's "Real Love" at her alma mater State University of New York at Purchase's Performance Arts Center on March 28, 2007, a benefit concert for the Conservatory of Music.[23] Also in 2007, Spektor recorded "Real Love" for the Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur CD, which was released in June of that year. Leonard Norman Cohen, CC (born September 21, 1934 in Westmount, Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, poet and novelist. ... This article is about the American entertainer. ... The 92nd Street Y is a multifaceted cultural institution and community center located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Real Love is a song originally written and performed as a demo by John Lennon, and later reworked by the three remaining members of The Beatles (Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr) in late 1995. ... The State University of New York at Purchase, also known as Purchase College and SUNY Purchase, is a public liberal, visual, and performing arts college in Purchase, New York, United States, a part of the State University of New York system. ... is the 87th day of the year (88th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On March 8, 2007, she appeared on ITV's Loose Women, promoting and performing "Fidelity" live, and on April 20, 2007, she performed on the Late Show with David Letterman. On Saturday April 28, 2007 she appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. On Friday, May 18, 2007, she appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross. On June 16, 2007, she performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival and later performed at the 2007 Lollapalooza on August 4, 2007 and Virgin Festival on August 5, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. On September 16 2007, she performed at the Austin City Limits Music Festival and recorded a set for the Austin City Limits TV show the following day. She performed acoustic at the Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheatre in October on the 27th and 28th. is the 67th day of the year (68th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... Loose Women is an ITV afternoon programme which began in 1999, in which a panel of four women talk about topical issues and interview celebrity guests before a studio audience. ... is the 110th day of the year (111th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Late Show redirects here. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly known as Coachella) is a three-day (formerly a one or two-day) annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, California. ... is the 138th day of the year (139th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Friday Night with Jonathan Ross is a chat show presented by Jonathan Ross. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is a four day annual music festival by Superfly Productions and AC Entertainment, first held in 2002. ... Lollapalooza is an American music festival featuring rock, alternative rock, hip hop, and punk rock bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. ... is the 216th day of the year (217th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... For the original rock festival held in England, see V Festival Virgin Festival is a rock festival held in the United States and Canada. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Austin City Limits logo, used for both the festival and TV program. ... Stevie Ray Vaughan performing on Austin City Limits. ... The Bridge School Benefit is an annual non-profit charity concert held in Mountain View, California every October at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. ... Shoreline Amphitheatre as seen from ground level Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighbouring golf course Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. ...

Regina Spektor performing in Brighton on 2006-10-26.
Regina Spektor performing in Brighton on 2006-10-26.

On 2007-11-04, at her concert at Ryman Auditorium, in Nashville, it was announced that Spektor collapsed during the sound check and was taken to a local emergency room. According to the statement given to the audience Spektor was fine but doctors said she could not perform that night. It was later reported that the cause of the collapse was an inner ear infecton which caused intense vertigo. The show was rescheduled for December 6, 2007.[24] According to Spektor's website ( www.reginaspektor.com ) after her initial collapse in Nashville, she was able to perform in concerts at Mountain Stage on Sunday, November 18, and at Duke University on Monday, November 19. However, after a relapse she was unable to play at Toad's Place in Richmond on Tuesday, November 21. The Richmond concert has been rescheduled for Monday, December 10. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,456 × 2,304 pixels, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 533 pixelsFull resolution‎ (3,456 × 2,304 pixels, file size: 2. ... For other places with the same name, see Brighton (disambiguation). ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Inner ear The inner ear is the bony labyrinth, a system of passages comprising two main functional parts: the organ of hearing, or cochlea and the vestibular apparatus, the organ of balance that consists of three semicircular canals and the vestibule. ... For other uses, see Vertigo. ... is the 340th day of the year (341st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Media coverage

Since 2005, Spektor's music has been used in various television programs and commercials. In late 2005 "Us" (from Soviet Kitsch) was used in a commercial as part of the What Do You Want To Watch? series for the United Kingdom's British Sky Broadcasting. The advert features a clip from a documentary on skateboarder Danny Way. In the summer of 2006, a clip from "Us" was used for the teaser website for Microsoft's Zune project at ComingZune.com, as well as for a promotional campaign for MtvU. The same track is used by Dutch telecom company KPN in a commercial. "Somedays" was used in a 2005 episode of CSI: NY and "Samson" was used in a 2006 episode of the same series. "On the Radio" was used in an episode of ABC's Grey's Anatomy. "Field Below" was used in a 2006 episode titled "The Last Word" of CBS's Criminal Minds. "Fidelity" was also used in a recent episode of Grey's Anatomy titled "Six Days, Part 2", in an episode of Veronica Mars titled "Witchita Linebacker", and in an episode of Brothers & Sisters titled "Sexual Politics". "Better" is currently being used in a commercial for XM Satellite Radio. Her song "Music Box" is currently being used in a commercial for JC Penney. Spektor also sang the title song "Little Boxes" of Showtime's television series Weeds in the 2006 episode "Mile Deep and a Foot Wide" and her "Ghost of Corporate Future" was used both at the beginning and end of the episode.[4] On January 21, 2007, she was featured on CBS News Sunday Morning.[25] British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB — formerly two companies, Sky Television and BSB) is a company that operates Sky Digital, a subscription television service in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. ... Danny Way (born April 15, 1974 in Portland, Oregon) is a professional skateboarder. ... Microsoft Corporation, (NASDAQ: MSFT, HKSE: 4338) is a multinational computer technology corporation with global annual revenue of US$44. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... CTN redirects here. ... KPN (in full Koninklijke KPN N.V., Royal KPN NV) (NYSE: KPN) is a Dutch fixed-line and mobile telecommunications company, including both 2G and 3G mobile operations. ... CSI: NY (working title CSI: New York) is an American police procedural television series which premiered on September 22, 2004. ... This article is about the television series. ... Criminal Minds is a crime drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2005. ... This article is about the television series. ... This article is about the Veronica Mars television series. ... Witchita Linebacker is episode 3 of season 3 of the television show Veronica Mars. ... Not to be confused with Brothers and Sisters (1979 TV series). ... “XM” redirects here. ... Little Boxes, a song written by Malvina Reynolds in 1962, lampoons the development of suburbia and what many consider its bourgeois values. ... This article is about the pay TV channel. ... Weeds is an American dark comedy television series It began with a 10-episode first season in August 2005. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards and be more accessible to a general audience, this article or section may require cleanup. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... CBS News Sunday Morning is a news show featuring news and feature segments that airs Sunday mornings on CBS. Its hosted by Charles Osgood. ...

Spektor performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 2007-10-16.
Spektor performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 2007-10-16.

Spektor received increased attention in 2006 when her video for "Fidelity" was viewed over 200,000 times in two days on YouTube. On SIRIUS Radio's Left of Center channel, her single "Fidelity" was voted by listeners as the #1 song of 2006. Towards the end of 2006, VH1 showcased her as part of their "You Oughta Know: Artists on the Rise" featurettes: they played clips from the "Fidelity" music video and showed parts of an interview with Spektor during commercial breaks on the channel.[26] Regina was recently named #3 on VH1's Top Artists Charts. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,816 × 2,112 pixels, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution‎ (2,816 × 2,112 pixels, file size: 1. ... The Hammerstein Ballroom is a two-tiered, 12,000 square feet (3658m2) ballroom located within the Manhattan Center Studios on 311 West 34th Street in Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ... For other uses, see Sirius (disambiguation). ... In politics, left-wing, political left, leftism, or simply the left, are terms that refer (with no particular precision) to the segment of the political spectrum typically associated with any of several strains of socialism, social democracy, or liberalism (especially but not exclusively in the American sense of the word... VH1 (VH-1: Video Hits One until 1994) is an American cable television channel that was created in January 1985 by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owners of MTV. VH1 and sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division...


In Australia, Spektor's music has rapidly gained popularity in mainstream culture primarily due to Begin To Hope being played on the nation-wide radio station Triple J, where it eventually became a feature album. Prior to Begin To Hope, Regina Spektor had only a small following in Australia in comparison to the US and Europe. Double J redirects here. ...


Spektor reached #33 on Blender magazine's top 100 of 2006 and was also listed as one of the "Hottest Women of...Rock".[27] Blender is an American magazine that bills itself as the ultimate guide to music and more. ...

Regina Spektor performing in the West London Synagogue, February 2007.

"Fidelity" was also used in a 2007 television commercial in New Zealand advertising Yahoo!Xtra, a new partnership between Yahoo! and Telecom's Xtra ISP. Also in 2007, the mobile phone company Vodafone used her lyric, "Come into my world..." from the track, "Hotel Song" on Begin to Hope, in an extensive TV advertising campaign in the UK and Ireland. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1561 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Regina Spektor Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3072x2304, 1561 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Regina Spektor Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Yahoo!Xtra is a a new joint venture media company from Yahoo!7 and Telecom New Zealand. ... Yahoo redirects here. ... Telecom is an abbreviation of telecommunication. ... Xtra Limited (trading as Xtra), a subdivision of Telecom New Zealand, is New Zealands largest Internet service provider. ... “ISP” redirects here. ... Vodafone Group Plc is a mobile network operator headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world by turnover and has a market value of about £84. ...


In 2007, Spektor had a brief appearance in the British edition of Vogue magazine.


In September 2007, the American department store J. C. Penney used the opening Édith Piaf-esque stanza of Spektor's "Music Box" for a television advertisement The interior of a typical Macys department store. ... This article is about the department store chain. ... Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915–October 11, 1963) was one of Frances most beloved singers,[1] and became a national icon. ...


On October 1, 2007 Spektor's new video for "Better" (Radio Recut) was released on VH1 TV channel and YouTube.com, where it was viewed online more than 100,000 times within the first 24 hours. "Fidelity" was used in the 27 Dresses movie trailer, which was released on October 3, 2007.[28] is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 276th day of the year (277th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In an October 4, 2007 Get Fuzzy comic, Rob Wilco was shown wearing a Regina Spektor t-shirt; his cat Bucky referred to her as the little chick singer on (his) t-shirt.[29] is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Get Fuzzy is an American daily comic strip written and drawn by Darby Conley. ...


Some of Spektor's songs are regular plays on various music television channels, in particular VH1.[citation needed]


Discography

Spektor's first two albums were released exclusively in the United States; Soviet Kitsch and Begin to Hope were released worldwide. The compilation Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories, containing songs from Spektor's first three albums, was put together for the UK market. Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers And Other Short Stories is a compilation album by Regina Spektor, released in 2006. ...

Demo Cassette is an unreleased album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. ... Songs is the second album by singer-songwriter Regina Spektor. ... Soviet Kitsch is the third album by Regina Spektor. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... The Live at Bull Moose EP was recorded live by Regina Spektor at the Bull Moose record store in Portland, Maine on June 5, 2005. ... Sire Records Company is an American record label, owned by Warner Music Group and distributed through Warner Bros. ... Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers And Other Short Stories is a compilation album by Regina Spektor, released in 2006. ... Transgressive Records is an independent record label based in London, England which has been synonymous with new, cutting-edge British music since the end of 2004. ... Begin to Hope is the fourth album by Regina Spektor. ...

Compilations

  • 2000 - Public Domain, Purchase Records
  • 2007 - Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur
  • 2007 - "Alan Glazen: PBS producer, picks Regina best of 2007"

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f Soundcheck (2004-11-18), "Hot Hot Hot". New York Public Radio.
  2. ^ a b c d Artist Profile: Regina Spektor. EMI Music Publishing.
  3. ^ a b Aizlewood, John (2006-08-24). Regina Spektor: A Triumph That Began With Hope. thislondon.co.uk.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Soundcheck interview (2005-09-13). "From Russia with Love". New York Public Radio.
  5. ^ Morrisset-Solo Forums
  6. ^ Roeschlein, Shane. Regina Spektor: The Red Princess. themusicedge.com.
  7. ^ Orloff, Brian. Regina Spektor's Got New "Hope". Rolling Stone.
  8. ^ a b Orloff, Brian (2007-10-21). Regina Spektor's Boundless Talent. CBS.
  9. ^ a b c d Alonzo, Rod. Making Stuff Up: An Interview With Regina Spektor. WOMANROCK.com.
  10. ^ a b c Murphy, John. Regina Spektor - Mary Ann Meets The Gravediggers (review). musicomh.com.
  11. ^ Bridge, Colette (July 2006). Nottingham Music: Paolo Nutini / Peaches / Regina Spektor: Tis the period of the singer / songwriter. BBC - Nottingham.
  12. ^ Holub, Annie (2006-11-02). Spectral Musings: Six lines that will make you fall in love with Regina Spektor. Tucson Weekly.
  13. ^ a b c MySpace: Regina Spektor
  14. ^ a b National Public Radio. Regina Spektor in Concert.
  15. ^ Karan, Tim. Making Fiona Apple seem normal.. Alternative Press Magazine.
  16. ^ a b Block, Melissa. Stories in Song: Regina Spektor's 'Begin to Hope'. National Public Radio, All Things Considered.
  17. ^ a b http://www.avclub.com/content/node/49632
  18. ^ "Spectacular Spektor", by Susan Visakowitz (from Billboard.biz, 13 January 2007)
  19. ^ http://www.musicsnobbery.com/2005/06/regina_spektor_.html
  20. ^ http://www.musicsnobbery.com/2006/09/regina_spektor_.html
  21. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/WinterConcert/popup?id=3011274
  22. ^ http://www.wnyc.org/shows/tnbt/episodes/2005/01/28
  23. ^ http://www.nynews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070329/ENTERTAINMENT/703290453
  24. ^ http://tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071114/ENTERTAINMENT01/71114057
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  28. ^ http://www.slashfilm.com/2007/10/03/27-dresses-movie-trailer/
  29. ^ http://news.yahoo.com/comics/getfuzzy;_ylt=Aj9WI9eUz9S8Jv34jCMVyxUD_b4F

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Articles

  • "Regina Spektor will blow your English professor's mind" by Alexandra De Jesus (from The College Hill Independent, 10 March 2005)
  • "Spektor’s True Creativity Shines Through", by Laura Stanelle (from The Badger Herald, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 10 March 2005)
  • "Regina Spektor: The Red Princess" by Shane Roeschlein (from themusicedge.com, 25 March 2005)
  • "Learning to Love Regina Spektor: A Review of Begin to Hope" by Meghan Purvis (from lostwriters.net, 8 June 2006)
  • "Regina Spektor" interview by Noel Murray (from The A.V. Club, 21 June 2006)
  • "Patriot's Heart", by Nick Catucci (from The Village Voice, 26 June 2006)
  • "Regina Spektor: How the Beatles' Rubber Soul Changed My Life", by Hal Bienstock (from The Harp Magazine, 23 July 2006)
  • "Singer explores love, loss", review by Emily Ouzts (from The Badger Herald, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 4 September 2006)
  • "Spektor Brings Her Bronx Tale Home", by Rebecca Thomas (from The New York Sun, 26 September 2006)
  • "Regina Spektor in Concert", (from National Public Radio, 3 October 2006)
  • "The girl who told stories", by Michael Dwyer (from The Age, Australia, 8 December 2006)
  • "Regina Spektor interview" by Rob Townsend (from bobbysix.com, 30 December 2006)
  • "Regina Spektor's Boundless Talent", (from CBS News, 21 January 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor Live in London", (from Abstractboy.org.uk, 16 February 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor: A woman of substance", by Katy Guest (from The Independent, 1 March 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor flashes her ... vocal skills", by Shawn Telford (from seattlepi.com, 26 April 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor Talks... and Talks... and Talks", interview by Michael Roberts (from Denver Westword, 3 May 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor interview" by Rob Townsend (from bobbysix.com, 24 August 2007)
  • "Russian Idol", by Caryn Ganz (from Smithsonian magazine, October 2007)
  • "Regina Spektor strikingly fresh at the Grove", by Ben Wener (from The Orange County Register, 1 November 2007)
  • "Interview: Regina Spektor", by Austin Powell (from Austin Sound, 6 November 2007)

Audio interviews

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Video

  • XFM 'X-posure Live' Video
  • Artist's Den live video of "Halikha LeKesariya" (also known as "Eli, Eli", lyrics by Hannah Szenes) and "Better", performed at the Angel Orensanz Center for the Arts, 1 June 2006
  • 'Real Love' (John Lennon's song) Live on JTV Australia, 27 July 2007
  • 'On the Radio' Live on JTV Australia, 31 July 2007
  • Interview with the Why Democracy? project, answering the 10 questions

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BBC - Bristol - Entertainment - Regina Spektor @ The Louisiana, Bristol (991 words)
Regina Spektor is a leading figure in the New York 'antifolk' scene but her music transcends all labels and boundaries.
Spektor was aware of this and began the show by standing, I assume on her piano stool, curls pressed up against the ceiling while she sang drumming her hand against the microphone to create a beat, so that the audience could see her.
When I first heard about Regina Spektor she was described to me as being sort of like Tori Amos but it's unfair to compare her to anyone else because she's truly in a class of her own.
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