“Singer-songwriter Chasanoff, is coming home to roost. On Oct.25, the graduate of WCSU’s music dept. will return to celebrate the release of her new album, "Breathe”.. Though her focus in school was classical music, she's now gone the folk pop route. You can still hear classical influences in her songs. Her piano parts are memorably moving & her voice soars with the beauty and precision of a classically trained singer. Yet her music is a far cry from chamber music. She sings melodic folk rock reminiscent of celebrated singers such as Mclachlan. Chasanoff's original lyrics are thoughtful & arresting. While at WCSU, Chasanoff performed on trumpet in the jazz & brass ensembles in addition to her voice/piano studies. She also took arranging classes, which sparked her interest in arranging. She's able to expertly channel all these various influences into music that's skillful, entertaining & powerful. She's a young local musician whose live show is not to be missed.”
"It's a Brave New World at Groovin' in New Fairfield's Coffee House This Saturday, April 28, 7:30 PM" "I got to hear Brianne Chasanoff at an open mic fave of mine over in New Milford. The 59 Bank Street barroom hosts the show, and depending on the night, can have it's distracting background chatter. The instant she sang her first phrase the room went silent as she captured the attention of eveyone in the room. Having studied piano and voice, and graduating with her Masters in Music Composition, she blends the two instruments seamlessly, emoting of what she has seen and experienced in love and human resiliency."
“WCSU graduate Brianne Chasanoff has been far from idle since the release of her 2004 debut EP "Illusions." In addition to beginning her career as an elementary school music teacher, the 28 year old earned her master's in studio composition at SUNY Purchase and still managed to find time to complete her first full-length disc, "Broken." .. "In a way I just wanted to break away from that structural thinking and I just started writing and it was almost a spiritual process where it just kind of came out of me," she said. Soon, though, her schooling kicked in and she began applying more theory to her work. "I had to combine the two(creativity and theory) and realize that these were my roots, that this structural part was where I came from," she said. " It's almost like having the perfect balance between the right and left sides of your brain. I find that molding the two schools of thought together can be extremely rewarding." Whatever her formula may be, it appears to be paying off.”
“Age: 28. Website: Briannechasanoff.com. Next gig: Jan. 13 at The Space, with Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, Pat Hull and Jason James. Music style: A softer style of pop music...how would you categorize Sarah McLachlan and Tori Amos? Wishes she had: A drum set. I'm not really a drummer, but I do like to rock out. First record bought: Debbie Gibson, Electric Youth. First concert: The Lilith Fair, summer '97. Listening to: Feist, Brandi Carlile, Sufjan Stevens, The Weepies, Girlyman, Radiohead, The Shins, Regina Spektor and The Carpenters. Album that changed her life: Sarah McLachlan, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy. I studied classical music since sixth grade. I never cared for music on the radio. My tape collection consisted of classical and Broadway tunes. I thought pop musicians lacked an emotional quality in their voice until a high school friend let me listen to Sarah McLachlan. I was so inspired by her style and the sensitivity in her voice. When I perform, I try to make the audience fee”
“Danbury- New Fairfield singer/songwriter Brianne Chasanoff will preview songs from her second CD, "Breathe", at a concert Friday before the CD is available on iTunes and cdbaby.com. Chasanoff's performance will be at her alma mater, Western Connecticut State University, starting at 7:30 pm in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center, off Lake Avenue Extension. It is free and open to the public. While at WCSU, Chasanoff played trumpet in the jazz enemble and the brass ensemble, in addition to studying voice and piano. She also took conducting and arranging classes. After graduating in 2003, she attended a songwriting workshop at Berklee School of Music in Boston and she went on to complete her master's degree in studio composition at SUNY Purchase. Her voice has been described as both "sultry" and "angelic". Her first CD, "Broken", was released in 2007. She was a semi-finalist in the National Pantene Pro Voice Singer/Songwriter contest for two consecutive years.”
"Where Music takes her: Brianne Chasanoff's Dual Career" "How long have I been singing? Well..." Brianne Chasanoff '03, just off the stage after doing a set at a local coffeehouse, settles into a brief but thoughtful silence. She has to reach back to her childhood for an answer to the question. "Pretty much as long as I can remember, I guess". She laughs softly. In spite of her quietness, there is a melodic resonance in Chasanoff's voice. It's especially present in the songs she writes and offers her audiences in live performances or on her CDs. She seems to have a natural ease with the deeper subjects in life. Lyrics from her haunting song, "Here Forever," written for her late grandmother whom she adored, speak about love and loss with a power both delicate and fierce: "Swing set's too small, suddenly I can't fly as high... And I lose you one more time as the picture slowly dies..."
“Getting to Know Brianne Chasanoff - Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Brianne Chasanoff, from New Fairfield, Conn., has been trained as a classical vocalist and pianist and has earned her stripes accompanying other musicians and singers in a variety of different musical milieus. She’s played in orchestras for plays, chorus ensembles, church services of all kinds and covered the range from Broadway to classical to pop. Many of the people whom she has performed before have no idea that there’s a secret side of Brianne—a side that is much more personal and connected to the music she plays….because that music is her own. Brianne Chasanoff is one of 24 emerging artists chosen for this year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. The Emerging Artist showcase is always one of the highlights of the festival. The musicians are chosen by a three-member jury.”
“ "Beautiful, creative, and original music, Brianne Chasanoff is a phenomenal performer, which is rare for modern music. Her CD, "Broken", is a must for any audiofile collection." ”
“Brianne Chasanoff is known for her “sultry voice, and she writes dark, melodic songs about love” Brianne's passionate vocals speak to the listener intimately through her sensitivity and her depth of emotional expression. Her angelic voice has a soothing, natural clarity." ”