Singer/Songwriter Brianne Chasanoff performs with Westport music teacher Mary Gardner at Voices Cafe

Posted by Brianne Chasanoff and Mary Gardner on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Brianne Chasanoff along with the multi-talented percussionist Mary Gardner and Michael Alas on viola will close out Voices Cafes sixth season at 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. Voices Café is located at The Unitarian Church in Westport, 10 Lyons Plains Road, Westport.

Brianne’s angelic voice captures listeners and takes them on a personal journey through life’s experiences. She has a unique way of expressing herself through her passionate vocals, accompanied by her own piano skills and creative arrangements. Her songwriting journey began when she was awarded semi-finalist status in a national singer/songwriter competition. You can detect a touch of Sarah McLachlan along with Joni Mitchell, however, she is truly her own artist and a master at creating arrangements to frame the story she is telling.

Brianne Chasanoff, Mary Gardner, and Michael Alas make the perfect trio as their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression blend seamlessly. They have performed at various venues including Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Merryall Center for the Arts (New Milford, CT), The Towne Crier Cafe, The Mews (Provincetown, MA) and various locations in New York City. Brianne has shared the stage with national touring acts including Mary Fahl of the October Project, Susan Werner, and two-time Grammy award winner Bill Miller.

Brianne (Singer/Songwriter) is a classically trained vocalist and pianist, with a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education concentrating in Voice and Piano and a Master’s Degree in Studio Composition from Purchase College Conservatory of Music. She performs various styles of music from Pop and Broadway to classical. Her vast experience and love for all styles of music shine through in her songwriting, reaching listeners of all ages and tastes. Brianne has released two albums which can be purchased on CDBaby.com or iTunes, and have been aired on various local radio stations, Pandora Radio, and Spotify. Her song, “Pretend,” was recently aired on WHUD’s 100.7 FM Hudson Valley’s Artist Spotlight where she was interviewed by Andy Bale. Aside from her performing career, Brianne teaches music in the Pawling Public School District helping children discover the gift of music that resides within them.

Mary Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and conductor specializing in world music, marimba, and orchestral percussion. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Performance from Ithaca College and her Master’s degree in Percussion Performance at the University of Connecticut. Mary has received acclaim for her fluency in a wide variety of styles on several different instruments. She has performed with the New Haven Symphony, Hartford Pops, and has appeared on stage at such notable venues as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Goodspeed Opera House, and NYU’s Skirball Centerfor the Arts. She is the Director of Percussion Studies and teaches beginning band in Westport Public Schools.

A native of the Philippines, Michael Alas has degrees in romance languages/pre-medical studies from Wagner College and viola performance from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Ira Weller. He has performed all over the world from Alaska to New Zealand, from Carnegie Hall to breaking cultural ground and touring all over Asia with the Manhattan Symphony. Equally at home in the Emergency Room and the concert stage, Michael pursued pre-medical studies at Columbia University, was a Research Associate at New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell, and has appeared as pit violist for productions at The Westchester Broadway Theatre.

Seating is cabaret style (at tables) and table reservations (minimum 4 people) are accepted by contacting David Vita, david@uuwestport.org or calling 203.227.7205 x14. Doors open at 7:30. Purchase tickets at: http://voicescafe.org/show/brianne-chasanoff/


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