By the time Regina Spektor's major label debut, Begin to Hope, arrived in 2006, the Russian-born singer already had a lengthy pedigree as a musician. She took up piano under the direction of her musically inclined parents while a child in Moscow. Her family eventually moved to the Bronx, where she continued classical studies at the Manhattan School of Music and started writing her own music. Her musical pursuits carried through college, and she graduated from a music composition program at Purchase College in 2001. Frequenting venues in Manhattan, she became associated with the so-called "anti-folk" movement and self-released 2001's 11:11, 2002's Songs and 2004's Soviet Kitsch, which Sire later reissued. A compilation of early recordings, Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short Stories, was released in 2006. In 2009, Spektor gathered an all-star production team to help her with Far, the much anticipated follow-up to Begin to Hope.
Regina Spektor Concert Films
Live in London
Runtime: 1 hr 27 min'LIVE IN LONDON' is the first live recording and concert film from acclaimed artist Regina Spektor. Captured mainly at London's famed Hammersmith Apollo Theatre, 'LIVE IN LONDON' features 23 remarkable performances that span Spektor's brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live ('Silly Eye-Color Generalizations,' 'Bobbing For Apples and 'Love, You're A Whore'). 'LIVE IN LONDON' was recorded during Regina's UK tour in support of her latest album, 'far,' which debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200. For the first time, fans can see Regina up close as she performs fan favorites like 'Us,' 'Fidelity,' 'Samson' and 'Eet,' along with backstage footage, inside peaks at sound check and more. 'LIVE IN LONDON' is a captivating 64-minute concert film directed by Adria Petty. An artist praised for her remarkable originality, inspired storytelling and enthralling performances, Rolling Stone raves, 'Spektor put on one of the most intensely joyful rock shows we've seen all year.' The Philadelphia Inquirer adds, 'Everything she did was greeted with thunderous applause... the audience could not get enough. Perhaps what was most remarkable about Regina's performance, aside from hearing Spektor's gorgeous vocals in person, was her ability to enrapture the crowd... Spektor's passion, vitality and sheer musical talent transformed the Electric Factory into a world of intimacy.' The Boston Globe simply says, 'multi-talented Spektor is capable of anything and it shows on stage.'
Regina Spektor Top Tracks
Tegan And Sara
Runtime: 2 hr 4 minThese twin sisters are an engaging live act and have slowly amassed a sizable following over the past decade and a half. They’ve done it by writing smart, quirky folk-pop tunes that are as emotionally true as they are catchy. Tegan and Sara’s studio albums have given them the luxury of adding accompaniment, but their live performances have been stripped to acoustic guitars, keyboards, and their intuitive vocals. The show recorded here was performed for family and friends at a Vancouver studio, so the sound is excellent and well-controlled. “Relief Next to Me” is nicely detailed. “The Ocean” could be a beatnik’s dream. “I Hear Noises” is exquisite folk, beautifully restrained. “Call It Off” is touching and gentle. “I Won’t Be Left” furiously strums with intention, with the bonus of drums accentuating the new wave pop drive. Their entire catalog is raided to great effect; just hearing the ache in Tegan’s voice should be enough to convince a skeptic.
Runtime: 2 hr 14 minMirrorball captures Sarah McLachlan at the height of her powers, with arresting performances from her Surfacing Tour of 1997-1998. This set includes her hit rendition of "I Will Remember You" plus "Adia," "Building A Mystery," "Possession" and more.
Live in New York City
Runtime: 1 hr 34 minDiFranco's guitar playing is often characterized by a signature staccato style, rapid finger-picking and many alternate tunings. She delivers many of her lines in a speaking style notable for its rhythmic variation. Her lyrics, which often include alliteration, metaphor, word play and a more or less gentle irony, have also received praise for their sophistication.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 1 hr 51 minThree time Grammy-nominated performer Jewel is best known for her charismatic live performances. In this episode, Jewel performs at the historic Rialto Theater with an ethereal backdrop and, at times, is accompanied by a chamber orchestra. In part one of this Soundstage special Jewel not only performs her well-known hits but she also showcases her vast vocal styling by performing standard classics such as Cole Porters "Anything Goes."
Everything In-Between: The Story Of Ellipse
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minGo behind the scenes and explore the three year journey of Imogen Heap’s making of the Grammy Award winning album, Ellipse. Travel the world with Imogen as she invites you into her writing and recording process and building her brand new recording studio in her old family home.
In Session 2004
Runtime: 21 minVanessa Carlton performs live In Session in 2004. The show, I support of her second album, Harmonium features performances of White Houses,” “San Francisco; and “Who’s To Say.”
Between the Line: Live at the Fillmore
Runtime: 1 hr 17 minMounted and shot live at the legendary Fillmore concert hall in San Francisco, California, this music set features the uniquely gifted, talented and beautiful young singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, an adult alternative musician frequently compared to Norah Jones and Fiona Apple. Danny Clinch and Pablo Cassaverde direct; selections include: "August Moon," "City," "Love Song," "Bottle it Up" and many more. As an extension of the concert itself, the program takes viewers behind the scenes, both during the days leading up to the gig and backstage at the actual concert, and provides a gentle biographical portrait of the recording artist.
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 49 minThese two concerts from Montreux in 1991 and 1992 catch Tori Amos right at the start of her solo career. The first from July 1991 was filmed a few months before the release of her Little Earthquakes album and the second from July 1992 followed a few months after. There is a fascinating progression from one year to the next as she grows in confidence and skill as a live performer, buoyed by the critical and commercial success of the album. Naturally most of the songs are taken from Little Earthquakes but there are also rare songs from her various EPs released across the two years which didnt make it onto the album including her distinctive takes on Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Thank You and Nirvanas Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Live at the Factory Theatre
Runtime: 1 hr 26 minIngrid Ellen Michaelson is a New York-based indie-pop singer-songwriter, best known for her single "The Way I Am". Her music has been featured in episodes of several popular television shows, including Scrubs, Bones, Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill. Towards the end of 2008, she opened for Jason Mraz on his Europe tour, touring in the UK, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany and France among others. In the second half of 2009, Ingrid began her "Everybody" tour of the United States and Europe which continued into 2010.
Live at Soundstage
Runtime: 55 minExplosive and energetic Alanis Morissette pulls in the audience on this Soundstage with hints of hard rock, gentle folk, electronic beats and free flowing Eastern melodies. The set includes quintessential hits about loving and letting go from the seven-time Grammy winner's days as a confessional rock phenomenon: "All I Really Want," "Hands Clean," "Thank U" and "Uninvited." The singer/songwriter also introduces fans to her latest and most adventurous album, So-Called Chaos, with songs including "Eight Easy Steps," and "Excuses," among others.
The honest, unadulterated performance reflects Morissette's move away from her days as a rancorous 90's rocker, and into the mode of mature musician ready to experiment with her strengths. Morissette's enduring introspection, continual evolution and evocative stage presence shine in this Soundstage performance.