American singer-songwriter Regina Spektor is returning to Israel after a six-year absence with a concert in Caesarea on August 24.
Spektor, 33, a staple of the U.S. indie music scene, rose to fame with her fourth album, Begin to Hope, which peaked on the Billboard chart at number 20 in 2006, spurred by the popularity of the single "Fidelity." That and a number of other songs got cameos in television series and films, bringing her crafty ballads into the mainstream. In 2007, Spektor gave two concerts in Israel, attracting a relatively large audience and unusual interest.
Spektor was born and spent much of her childhood in Moscow. Her father, a photographer and amateur violinist, and her mother, a music teacher, left the Soviet Union when she was nine to escape the ethnic and political discrimination of Jews, and settled in New York.
When she was 16, she came to Israel with an American Jewish youth group for a few weeks.
"I remember that we hiked in the Negev, we walked a lot and it was physically difficult for me," she told Haaretz in 2007, before her last concert. "In order to overcome the difficulty, I began to make up and sing songs, and to my great surprise, my traveling companions were enthusiastic and encouraged me to continue."
Spektor became part of a stream of creative artists who were dubbed anti-folk, a combination of the acoustic sound of folk and the defiant approach of punk. When she was starting out, she issued two albums on her own, without a record company, and they attracted the attention of the Sire record company, under whose auspices she put out the brilliant disc "Soviet Kitsch" in 2004.
A year earlier, The Strokes, the hottest rock band in the United States at the time, became interested in her and asked her to join their road tour to warm up audiences.Her fan base has been growing steadily since and albums with major labels followed.
Last year, Spektor released her sixth album, What we saw from the cheap seats.
The first 300 tickets to her Caesarea concert will be sold at NIS 200; regular tickets will cost between NIS 200 to NIS 350.