Brianne Chasanoff
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Brianne Chasanoff

New Fairfield, Connecticut, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2013 | SELF

New Fairfield, Connecticut, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2013
Duo Pop Singer/Songwriter




"Getting to Know Brianne Chasanoff - Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist (No Depression: The Roots Music Authority Blog July 07, 2014)"

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 and are given the opportunity to perform two songs (not to exceed ten minutes). The audience votes for their favorites and three or four acts are asked to return to the main stage the following year.

In reading your bio, it sounds as though music has been an integral part of your life since you were very young. Do you recall how the power of music made you feel when you listened to it? How did it change once you began to play music?

Music has always been an extremely powerful tool for me when I listened to it. It could transform my mood instantly. I remember playing music for as long as I can remember, but when I started performing and composing (playing piano and singing) it became even more powerful for me, because I could express myself through the music.

You have degrees in classical voice and piano as well as studio composition. Do you still participate in shows or recordings that are more classical in nature?

Yes, I am a piano accompanist as well as a performer and music teacher. I accompany vocalists who perform various styles of music, including classical music. I also composed a classical instrumental piece that can be heard on my most recent album, Breathe. If you listen closely to my music, I’m sure you can also hear its classical influence.

Is it true that Sarah McLachlan’s music helped to change your mind about popular music? What was it about her songs that move you so much?

At the time I was attending high school, all I knew of popular music was what was being played on the radio. I wasn’t a big fan of it because I felt that it lacked a natural emotional quality. When a friend gave me a tape of Sarah Mclachlan’s Touch and Fumbling Towards Ecstacy, I could hear the emotional depth in her voice. Her compositions and arrangements were also different from anything I’d ever heard on the radio and I immediately felt connected to her music.

Have you gone on to be inspired by other singer-songwriters?

Most definitely! Patty Griffin is a big one. Her poetic lyrics are inspiring, as well as her compositions and the way she expresses herself vocally. I’m also inspired by Damien Rice, Ingrid Michaelson, the Beatles, and Joni Mitchell, among many others.

How do you get yourself into a frame of mind to create music? Do you set time aside or do you wait for the muse to come and visit?

It has to happen naturally, when it’s ready to come out. It’s usually inspired by something happening in my life, or someone else’s life. Sometimes I write songs and I have no idea what they mean. The meaning of these songs often reveal themselves in the future as premonitions. If I want to get myself into a frame of mind to create music, listening to artists that inspire me may spark a few words or put me in the mood to write.

You’ve recorded two albums, Breathe (2013) and Broken (2007). How would you describe both of them? Did the time between the two projects help you envision new possibilities in the studio or are they pretty much compatible soundmates?

I’ve never stopped growing as a musician and being inspired by all genres of music. I believe there is a definitive difference between the two albums. Breathe (2013) has a jazz and Dixieland influence among some of the tunes, with brass arrangements, while Broken (2007) has a mellow/sad tone throughout the album and its style is mostly ballad/pop. Both albums are similar in nature because they both contain songs that tell stories that the listener can identify with.

Have you ever attended Falcon Ridge Folk Festival before? If so, what did you think? If not, what are your expectations?

I have never attended the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival before and I am very excited to have the opportunity to attend and perform! I look forward to meeting other musicians who share the same passion that I do. I walk through life having no expectations. Having no expectations makes life experiences much more exciting, but I know it will be an amazing experience that I will always remember.

To learn more about Brianne, visit her website. - Kathy Sands-Boehmer

"WCSU alumna in free concert Friday"

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 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 for her songs "Does it Still Sound the Same" and "Blinded." Chasanoff now teaches music at Pawling Elementary School in Pawling, N.Y. - Sherry Hill

"WestConn grad back to celebrate release of second CD, "Breathe""

Singer-songwriter Brianne Chasanoff, is coming home to roost. On Friday, Oct.25, the graduate of Western Connecticut State University's music department will return to her alma mater to celebrate the release of her new album, "Breathe."

The Cd release party will take place at 7:30pm in the ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on the university's westside campus. Admission is free. "Breathe" is her second CD, and will be available for $15.

Chasanoff graduated Western Connecticut in 2003 with a bachelor's in music education, with a concentration in voice and piano. Though her focus in school was classical music and she's now gone the folk pop route, you can still hear classical influences in her songs. Her piano parts are memorably moving and 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 Sarah Mclachlan. Chasanoff's original lyrics are thoughtful and arresting. While at Western, Chasanoff performed on trumpet in the jazz and brass ensembles in addition to her voice and piano studies. She also took conducting and arranging classes, which sparked her interest in arranging. She's able to expertly channel all these various influences into music that's skillful, entertaining and powerful. She's a young local musician whose live show is not to be missed.

The ballroom of the Westside Campus Center on Western Connecticut's westside campus is at 43 Lake Ave. EXT., Danbury. - Erik Ofgang

"It's a Brave New World at Groovin' in New Fairfield's Coffeehouse"

"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." - Jeff Main - New Fairfield Citizen News

""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 loose you one more time as the picture slowly dies..."

Music has always been Chasanoff's cheif passion in life, she says, and clearly performance and teaching are her preferred methods for pursuing it. Her delight in opening the world of music to youngsters is obvious when she speaks of the classes she taught at the Green Chimney's schools in Brewster, NY, and teaches now at Pawling Elementary School, a few miles north of there. "The kids get so involved in it. To them, learning music is discovering a new language,"she says. She can really identify with that. "I wanted to study voice even as a very young child, but of course in third grade you take a band instrument. I took flute, which I played all through school." She and her family were living in Yonkers, NY...Chasanoff's hometown, at the time. Soon after, they moved to Brewster. One lesson she learned along the way: A good teacher is critical. "I loved the French Horn and wanted to learn it, but the instructor was just not very good, " she says. Then she was able to have lessons after school with the right teacher. " Six months after that, "she says, "I was playing French Horn in band". As a Brewster High School student, Chasanoff played in every music program, on every instrument she could. French Horn, flute, piano. She even learned trumpet. "I loved them all. I wanted to be great at every one!" Again that melodic little laugh. She sounds self-depricating, but she's telling the truth. For college, WestConn was her choice. "For obvious reasons,"says Chasanoff. "The music education program is just outstanding. Once I got there, I started wanting to do it all again. jazz ensemble, brass ensemble, opera, chorus...Finally Dr. Astrup had to bring me back down to earth." That would be WestConn Professor of Music Margaret Astrup. She advised Chasanoff it was time to focus on one instrument only, besides her voice. She chose piano. "But I did get to accompany lots of other students in recital,"she adds brightly. "Watching them rehearse with their teachers taught me so much!" After graduating, Chasanoff went on to earn her master's degree at SUNY Purchase. These days she lives happily with her two musical disciplines: teaching eager young students or performing live at regional venues ranging from WestConn's own coffeehouse(where she'll be appearing on May 7th) to the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY. - Connie Conway - WCSU Alumni News (Front Cover Story)

"Folk-n-Rock Show WAPJ 89.9 FM Torrington, CT"

"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." - Billy Dee ; Dj @ WAPJ 89.9 FM Torrington, CT Folk-n-Rock Show - Billy Dee ; DJ @ WAPJ 89.9 FM Torrington, CT Folk-n-Rock Show

"Pop duo to play Towne Crier"

"Chasanoff has a sultry, low voice and she writes dark, melodic songs about love. She said, "My songs come from pain and sorrow. I feel there's something beautiful in pain which a song can come out of." She tends to write songs in bursts. "Does It Still Sound The Same?"- arguably the best song on the eponymous EP- was written in "maybe a half hour. It just poured out. It came from an experience." She describes writing as "a meditation, the way it comes out." - Laurel Tuohy - Danbury News Times

"Stuck in a Corner With...Brianne Chasanoff"

Age: 28. Band: I'm a solo artist, but often perform with Derek Leslie (upright bass, cello) and Kelly Denton (vocal harmony). Website: Next gig: Jan. 13 at The Space, with Frank Critelli, Shandy Lawson, Pat Hull and Jason James. Music style: A softer style of pop 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 feel as if they were a part of my story and experience the emotions. First notes: I sang The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" at my fourth grade talent show. In fifth grade, I [sang] "The Rose," accompanying myself on the piano. Always wins: Guitar Hero. Buy her a drink: Anything with tequila. Reading: The Buddha In Your Mirror, by Woody Hochswender. On TV: I'm not really a TV-watcher, but my all-time favorite show is Seinfeld. I'm a big movie lover; one of my favorites is Magnolia. Favorite websites: MySpace and YouTube. Join another local band for a day: I'm always up for a jam session! Most memorable local shows: Jenn Friedman—she's a great performer and her music is gorgeous. Another great experience was when I opened for Grammy award winner Bill Miller at the Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, New York. He asked me to jam with him on the spot during his performance. Also found: Helping children discover their musical talents as a music teacher at Pawling Elementary School. Fun fact about Brianne: I have my Reiki II degree. Question she wished I asked: Do you have any pets? A. Why, yes, I have a big fluffy kitten named Bailey. He's black and white with bright white whiskers and hairy ears. He looks like a wizard.

- Kathleen Cei - New Haven Advocate

"WestConn grad releases full-length debut album"

WestConn 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."
The recently released LP features 10 songs, including slightly reworked versions of the four songs from "Illusions."
Chasanoff, who recently moved to New Fairfield, cites among her influences Sarah Mchlachlan, Tori Amos, Karen Carpenter, Aimee Mann and Radiohead.
The new album wears many of these influences proudly, especially the slightly ethereal song work and dynamic vocals of McLachlan.
Interestingly, it wasn't any of these influences that spurred Chasanoff to begin writing her own songs. Rather, it was her boredom with studying classical music while a student at WestConn, where she studied music education with a concentration in classical voice and piano.
"I started to get tired of reading the dynamics on the page of this classical music, doing things the way it was written, and just started doing my own thing," she said.
"My junior year at WestConn I ended up working with this band who wanted to record a demo, so I went into the recording studio and I was so excited to be able to record my own songs. I just loved the experience and I just wanted to continue recording."
"Finding an outlet from the contrainsts of formal music theory, Chasanoff's creativity soared.
"In a way I just wanted to break away from that structural thinkingand 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.
In addition to being a semi-finalist in the National Pantene Pro Voice Singer/Songwriter contest for two consecutive years-including once for the song "Does It Still Sound The Same" from Illusions and Broken, - her recording have reached the top of the charts on for various categories and have been aired on WXCI 91.7 FM as well as radio stations in Purchase and Poughkeepsie.
She also had opportunities to perform at the Towne Crier Cafe and Cafe Vivaldi in New York City, and has shared the stage with artists ranging from Mary Fahl ( The October Project) to Grammy Award winner Bill Miller.
It has been a great experience," said Chasanoff who plans to spend the summer performing throughout Connecticut and New York in support of "Broken."
"Broken" is available at,, and through The album can also be ordered at many retail music stores and will soon be available for download from iTunes.
- Ryan Foust - Danbury News Times

"WHUD 100.7 FM Hudson Valley Artist Spotlight"

Interview / Song Play - Andy Bale


Broken 2007
Breathe 2013



"Brianne Chasanoff is known for her sultry voice, and she writes dark, melodic songs about love Laurel Tuohy ; Danbury News Times. 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.

"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."
- Billy Dee ; Dj @ WAPJ 89.9 FM Torrington, CT Folk-n-Rock Show

Brianne has shared the stage with various national touring artists inlcluding Mary Fahl of the October Project, Susan Werner, and Grammy Award winner, Bill Miller. Some of her performances include The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Hillsdale, NY, Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, CT, Voices Cafe, Westport, CT, The Merryall Center for the Performing Arts, New Milford, CT, The Towne Crier Cafe in Pawling, NY, Bodles Opera House in Chester, NY, Cafe Vivaldi in New York, NY, Googies Lounge, New York, NY, Leftfield on Ludlow, New York, NY, Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, CT, Post University in Naugatuck, CT, Rockland Community College in Suffern, NY, The Mews in Provincetown, MA, Tin Pan Alley, Provincetown, MA, The Fairbanks Inn, Provincetown MA, The Highlands Inn, Bethlehem, NH, and The Space, Hamden, CT. Brianne's music has been aired on various local radio stations including: Hudson Valley's WHUD 100.7 FM (Artist Spotlight), WXCI 91.7 FM, Harris Radio (Live 365 internet radio), WVKR 91.3 FM, WFCS 107.7 FM, WAPJ 89.9 FM, WSHE 105.5, 101.7 FM and WPSR 1610 AM.

Brianne is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, who's been accompanying musicals, chorus ensembles, church services, and recitals for years, playing various styles of music from Broadway and classical to pop. She has also performed as a vocalist for various church services, weddings, and other private venues such as a Benefit Concert for the Canter Fitzgerald Fund for 9/11and a Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook. Brianne's experiences and love for various styles of music shine through in her compositions, reaching listeners of all ages and tastes. She is a local music teacher at Pawling Elementary School in Pawling, NY where she passes on her love of music to children ages K-4.  She was a semi-finalist in the National Pro Voice Singer/Songwriter contest for two consecutive years for her songs, Does it Still Sound the Same and Blinded and won open mic competitions at Bodles Opera House (Chester, NY) , and Towne Crier (Pawling, NY).  She also earned 2nd  place in the Big Stage Open mic Competition at Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT).

A graduate of Western Connecticut State University, Brianne received her Bachelor's of Science in Music Education with a concentration in classical voice and piano. She attended a Songwriting Workshop at the Berklee School of Music in Boston, MA. and went on to complete her Master's Degree in Studio Composition at SUNY Purchase, where she had the pleasure of working with professors Joel Thome (arranger for Frank Zappa), Jim McElwaine (Muppet Babies), and David Gluck (virtuoso mallet performer/ drummer and founder of "Rhythm and Brass). Brianne released her second album, Breathe, in October of 2013.

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