“Anjou is a virtuosa with a determined touch and nimble liveliness.”
"She's happy to lay waste to the instrument when that's what's called for : "Reciprokataj IV: Olive You" begins with a display of power that would mark the summit of most players performances."
Down Beat Magazine
Dear World: I am proud to announce my debut piano trio album, Enamiĝo Reciprokataj, featuring all original compositions, available on Origin Records. The album features drummers Nick Anderson and Ben Perowsky, as well as bassists Greg Chudzik and Ari Folmn-Cohen. The album has reached 144 on the Jazz Week Top 300 chart and is getting radio airplay nationally and internationally. The body of these compositions are the result of a gestation period of compositions from 2003-2016, which I titled in Esperanto to promote the diplomatic universal language. I write about the stories of my music, touring, and experiences as a musician here on my blog.
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Enamiĝo Reciprokataj translates to “falling in love reciprocally” or “mutual breakdown” in Esperanto. This phrase represents how I relate to improvisation within a group of creative musicians. Here is an article about my creative relationship with Esperanto and the compositional process of the album. You can watch a clip from my trio’s live LPR album release party concert, featuring incredibly fine musicians, bassist Greg Chudzik and drummer Shirazette Tinnin, here on my YouTube channel:
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Brittany Anjou is a Brooklyn based composer, vocalist, and piano focused multi-instrumentalist. Exploring everything from Duke Ellington to Bikini Kill in her repertoire, this creative, versatile, and virtuoso performer hails from Seattle and loves being on the road. She has just released the critically acclaimed Enamiĝo Reciprokataj via Origin Records. The album has reached 144 on the Jazz Week Top 300 chart and is getting radio airplay nationally and internationally. Channeling Duke Ellington to Bikini Kill in her repertoire, this creative, versatile, and virtuoso leader is one of a few to study, record and tour music with godmothers of punk, The Shaggs. She has also had the pleasure of sharing the stage with Wynton Marsalis, Ernestine Anderson, Clark Terry and Elysian Fields. When she isn't playing original jazz, she fronts five piece death metal band Bi TYRANT on vocals, original music from which she often circulates into her solo and trio shows as a pianist, keyboardist and vibraphonist.
Starting from the age of twelve, Brittany has performed in award winning jazz ensembles at home and abroad. She obtained a degree in jazz and philosophy studies at New York University under the mentorship of Stefon Harris and Don Friedman. Anjou music directs and composes for many of her own instrumental ensembles, including the Brittany Anjou Trio, the LARCENY Chamber Orchestra, Bi TYRANT, and BEWAA, a series of ensembles incorporating Ghanaian xylophone, including Ghanaian Gyil Gala with Alfred Kpebsaane. She was a key support musician in the revival of 1960s all-girl outsider music band, The Shaggs, and supported Dot Wiggin in the studio and live while recording Dot’s album Ready! Get! Go!. Anjou is currently at work on an album titled Nong Voru (“Fake Love” in Dagara) with Ghanaian master xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane. Currently in residence at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center Music School at the opera house in Kuwait, she is based in Brooklyn where she works as a performer, composer, session musician, educator, headliner, and sidewoman.