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Regina Spektor (born February 18, 1980 in Moscow, Russia), is a singer-songwriter
and pianist. Her music is associated with the anti-folk scene centered on New York City's East
Regina Spektor's idiosyncratic songs generally take the form of character studies, and are thus much like short stories in song. She often makes references to literary authors in her songs such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Virginia Woolf. She states that she has written hundreds of songs, but that she rarely writes any of them down. Regina Spektor varies her musical styles often, showing influences from classical, folk, hip hop, jazz, blues and Russian music.
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Regina Spektor comes from a musical family; her father, a photographer, was also an amateur violinist and her mother was a music professor in a Russian conservatory. The family left the Soviet Union in 1989 during the period of Perestroika when Jewish citizens were permitted to emigrate. Traveling first to Austria and then Italy, they finally settled in the Bronx, New York. In Russia, Regina Spektor had studied classical piano from the age of six, and was also exposed to the music of rock and roll bands such as the 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.
Regina Spektor's earliest work also shows the influence of jazz and blues, drawing comparisons to her contemporary Fiona Apple. She has stated 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. Regina Spektor also explores the various timbres of her voice, including a breathy, angelic high register and a Billie Holiday-like lower register that she often allows to break into a trumpet-like tone quality. She also uses a variety of rather unorthodox techniques, such as verses composed entirely of buzzing noises made with the lips, beatbox-style flourishes in the middle of ballads, or the use of a drum stick to tap rhythms on the body of the piano, or a chair.
Since roughly 2005, Regina Spektor has performed on a bright red Baldwin baby grand piano. She opened for The Strokes in 2003 on her first North American tour. Subsequently, she appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly. Although Regina Spektor generally only performs original material, she performed her first covers in 2005, of songs by Leonard Cohen and Madonna for a Jewish music festival in New York City. She also headlined a massive American and European tour in 2006.