brittany anjou
Anjou’s is a jazz about jazz, a music about music.
— Charles Mudede, The Stranger - Seattle
 
photo credit: Jeff Chase

photo credit: Jeff Chase

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BIO

Brittany Anjou is a NYC based composer, vocalist, bandleader, and piano focused multi-instrumentalist. Exploring everything from Ahmad Jamal to Bikini Kill in her repertoire, this creative, versatile, and virtuoso performer hails from Seattle. Starting from the age of twelve Brittany has performed in award winning jazz ensembles throughout the U.S.A. and Europe. She has had the opportunity to perform with people such as Wynton Marsalis, Ernestine Anderson, Clark Terry, and Elysian Fields. She obtained a degree in jazz and philosophy studies at New York University under the mentorship of Stefon Harris and Don Friedman. Since, Anjou has directed and composed for many of her own instrumental ensembles, including the Brittany Anjou Trio, the LARCENY Chamber Orchestra, Bi TYRANT, Ghanaian Gyil Gala with Alfred Kpebsaane, and BEWAA, a series of ensembles incorporating Ghanaian xylophone. Recently 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 her 2013 solo album. Brittany performs actively with many artists and musicians throughout New York City and has toured throughout the US, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Anjou is currently at work on an album trilogy: a 1960's style jazz piano trio album of originals entitled Enamiĝo Reciprokataj (Esperanto for "Reciprocal Love"), an avant-gyil album titled Nong Voru (“Fake Love” in Dagara) with Ghanaian master xylophonist Alfred Kpebsaane, and original music for a series of poems by Kuwaiti women entitled Astamaea (Arabic for "Listen").  Currently in residence at the Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmed Cultural Center opera house in Kuwait, she works as a freelance composer, session musician, educator, headliner, and support performer.

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Brittany Anjou Le Poisson Rouge piano album release (Jeff Chase).jpg
 

Hi! I’m Brittany. I am a pianist, musician and composer amongst other things.

Welcome to my online home. I am proud to announce

my debut piano trio album featuring all original compositions,

ENAMIĜO RECIPROKATAJ

out on

ORIGIN RECORDS

Brittany Anjou (piano/compositions)

Greg Chudzik (bass)

Nick Anderson (drums)

Ari Folman-Cohen (bass)

Ben Perowsky (drums)

Enamiĝo Reciprokataj translates to “falling in love reciprocally” or “mutual breakdown” in Esperanto, the international language, and represents my feelings on improvisation in a group.

Were you at the release party at Le Poisson Rouge? Watch it on my YouTube channel:

 
 

Praise for

Enamiĝo Reciprokataj

Brittany Anjou’s compositions are read as a series of points of view on the art of the trio. With its minimalist rehearsals, it is an anthology of songs both dreamlike and alert, where free-jazz meets Rachmaninoff and electronics.
— France Musique
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.
— DownBeat Magazine
Anjou’s personality, strong and mercurial as it is, continues to serve as the dominant force. Her gifts as a bricolage artist and original thinker remain in the foreground regardless of who’s on board to help her flesh things out. While we’ve barely opened the door to 2019, we already have a serious contender for the year’s strongest debut here.
— All About Jazz
 

ENAMIĜO RECIPROKATAJ

album featuring the single:

“Flowery Distress”

Brittany Anjou (piano/composition), Ben Perowsky (drums) & Ari Folman-Cohen (bass)

sneak preview on Soundcloud:

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