Regina Spektor Singer Song-writer Pianist A presentation by Emma Panti, Music 1010 Overview Biography Composition History Listening Guide Conclusion Photo by Tim Agne Born February 18, 1980 in Moscow Father played the violin Mother instructed music at Russian university Age 6, inherits piano from grandfather Begins Classical piano training Chopin, biggest influence in Classical Piano Regina’s father exposed her to Rock ‘n Roll Came to love Rock, Punk & Jazz genres Other influences: – The Beatles – Bob Dylan – Billie Holiday New political movement in Russia Downfall of Communism Spektor’s Jewish family faced discrimination Emigrated from Moscow to New York City Regina, age 9, left her home & piano behind Spektor family settles in the Bronx Prof. Sonia Varga, Manhattan School of Music Study-Abroad group to Israel Story-telling through songs on hikes Encouragement from friends sparks desire Photo by ddtravel Conservatory of Music , Purchase College Graduated early in 2001, with honors Gains following as street performer Lands gigs at local cafes & clubs Anti-Folk Genre Produces 2 independent CDs Sire Records signs Spektor 3rd album released in 2002 Unique Musical Style Full Vocal Range Sound effects, rhythms, buzzing lips, clapping hands Not usually autobiographical Photos by Rex Features Composition History “Fidelity”, 3:46 First airing VH1, early 2006 Begin to Hope album -David Kahne, producer Unique Styles: ~Drum machines ~Guttural sounds & glottal stops ~Speak-singing Listening Guide “Fidelity”, 3:46 Rhapsody Player: Regina Spektor "Fidelity" Intro – “Shake it Up” Duple-meter Verse I – chorus – Verse II – alternate chorus – bridge Verse III – chorus Repeat chorus - Ending Composition History “Better”, 3:23 Begin to Hope album, Sire release 2006 Regina does all vocal harmonies Rock influence apparent, electric guitar Provocative vocal style ~Whispers, tones, moans Photo by Sarah Luvie Listening Guide “Better”, 3:23 Multi-metered, rubato to a tempo Breathy Timbre Chorus – Verse I Chorus – Bridge – Chorus Repeat - Ending Photo by Sarah Luvie Rhapsody Player: Regina Spektor "Better" Composition History “On the Radio”, 3:21 Begin to Hope album Punk lyrics to Pop music Speak-singing, hand-clapping Spektor records all harmony parts Various pronunciations Russian/Bronx Regina Spektor, Facebook Listening Guide “On the Radio”, 3:21 Intro – Speaking, hand-clapping Verse I – Russian Accents Chorus – nonsense words Verse II – throaty, “gutteral” sound Chorus – sings all harmonies Ending, varied syllables, hand-clapping Regina Spektor, Facebook Rhapsody Player: Regina Spektor "On the Radio" Composition History “Samson”, 3:10 Self-published album, Songs 2002 Re-released 2006, Begin to Hope Reflection of Classical upbringing Varied version of Biblical Tale Demonstrates full vocal range Listening Guide Rhapsody Player: Regina Spektor "Samson" “Samson”, 3:10 Ballad, piano & voice only Simple Meter Breathy timber, vocal range throughout Verse I - Chorus – Verse II – Chorus Interlude - Chorus - Ending Composition History “Laughing With”, 3:14 Produced by Jackknife Lee Sneak Peek release on MySpace Warner Bros, 2009 Satirical theme From Classical to Rock Anti-folk, indie-pop genre Photo by Adria Petty Listening Guide “Laughing With”, 3:14 Classical piano & Rock influence Lower voice – “gutteral” Verse I to Verse II Chorus – Interlude Verse III – Chorus –Bridge - End Strings and speaking Photo by Adria Petty Rhapsody Player: Regina Spektor "Laughing With" Conclusion Continues to make a name for herself Writing Concerts “Extra” work & Cameo spots on TV What’s next? Expect the unexpected! Works Cited Contributors, IMDB. "Regina Spektor." IMDB.com. Los Angeles, CA: Amazon.com, 1990-2010. Web. <http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1258550/>. Contributors, Last.FM, Ltd. "Regina Spektor." last.FM. London, UK: CBS Interactive Music Group, 23 Jul 2010. Web. <http://www.last.fm/music/Regina+Spektor>. Contributors, Warner Bros. ReginaSpektor.com. Warner Bros. Records, Inc., Dec 2008. Web. 14 Sep 2010. <http://www.reginaspektor.com/>. "Regina Spektor." Rhapsody. All Music Guide, 2010. Web. 14 Sep 2010. <http://www.rhapsody.com/reginaspektor>. Khane, David, Prod. Begin to Hope. Perf. Spektor, Regina. Sire Records: 2006, iTunes. Lee, Jackknife, Prod. Far. Perf. Spektor, Regina. Warner Bros.: 2009, iTunes.