Eclectic Pianist Regina Spektor

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It’s hard to find a review or interview regarding Regina Spektor that doesn’t include the word “eclectic.”

For more than 10 years, Spektor, a classically trained pianist from New York via Moscow, has developed a reputation for delivering recordings and live performances that are as quirky and clever as they are steeped in musical and lyrical tradition.

In a Saturday phone interview with The Star, not long after returning from London (and getting over a flight-induced earache), Spektor said her current tour will include almost all her new album (What We Saw From the Cheap Seats) and songs from all over her catalog, which should please her growing legion of earnest fans. She also talked about the rewards of performances and recording. environment.

Regina Spektor
Q: When you perform live, how intent are you in re-creating the sounds on the recording?
A. It’s really not so much about how the recording sounds as much as getting all the parts that become part of the song as they are recorded. I’m not so concerned that a part on the record was played on the oboe but live it will be played by a piano or cello. It’s more about that the part is there. Some of those parts are as important as the lyrics.

Q: Compare live performance with recording. Do you prefer one, or are they both different but equally rewarding?
A: Playing live is so different from recording. It’s a completely different atmosphere. I love it. It comes from being there, in the moment, and the energy you feel with the audience and the love you feel in the room. Every performance is different and becomes its own unique, completely unrehearsed experience. And it depends on so many things you can’t re-create each time: what the hall is like; what the audience is like; what the weather is like; how you slept the night before.

I love the spontaneity. You can play the same set three days in a row and it’s different every time. What’s interesting is, you’d think things would be predictable. Like, if I feel really great, I’ll have a great show; if I feel sad or in a bad mood, I’ll have a bad or harder show. The thing is, there’s no correlation. You’d think it would matter, but it doesn’t. It’s really a surprise every time because you’re not in control. It’s in no one’s control, really, which makes it exciting.

The Interview Continues…

Regina Spektor’s video of her latest album, What We Saw From the Cheap Seats: