News Jazz 13/07/2017

Introducing Anastasia Minster

Introducing Anastasia Minster


New York, NY (Top40 Charts) Sometimes it's only when you look back that you're truly able to see. Such is the case with Moscow-born artist Anastasia Minster. Having captivated audiences for several years, Anastasia left her homeland for Toronto in 2014 and it's now apparent just how deeply Russia has seeped into her soul. It can be seen in her dark and existential lyrics (think Dostoevsky) and heard in the Rachmaninoff-like intensity that pours out of her own music - piano-driven chamber pop which fuses elements of classical, folk and jazz.

Just as Anastasia's past shapes her sound, so does her new home in Canada. Living in a building overlooking a colossal park, her piano sits beside the window so that she can watch the sunset. It's where she observes hawks as they soar, listens to coyotes howl and wakes up to the dawn chorus at 5 am. This is her favourite time of day, when there are no other sounds to hide their singing.

As the birds welcome the day, Anastasia's is music to break the silence of the dark and to accompany those witching-hour questions of life and death, estrangement and connection. It should come as no surprise that composing is her form of meditation, a vessel for her unconscious mind.

Once the skeleton of a song is there it's up to her band members to add their parts. Their task is to add to the voice and piano that she has left for them, without breaking the fragile space that has been created. It's all there to be heard on her new album Hour of the Wolf, the most expansive recording of her career to date, on which she has invited upright bass, cello, saxophone, bass clarinet and more to enter her world.

At the centre of the new album is the title track. Inspired by Ingmar Bergman's film of the same name and Carl Jung's concept of "shadow self", it looks at the destructive forces within the human psyche. Each song on the record represents a different state of mind, from feeling trapped in one's own body to accepting the inevitability of death. Listeners will hear a dark mellowness close to Nina Simone's and the supple dexterity of David Sylvian. Whatever its origins, this is music that echoes life itself - no matter how far the darkness creeps there's always a flicker of light.




Subscribe to our news via Email. Enter your email address:

Service handled via Google Feedburner.
Your e-mail address will not be shared with anyone



Most read news of the week
Former Tantric Bassist Scott Wilson Speaks Out On His Departure From Tantric, Joining Saving Abel
Dallas Strong Music Festival Set For Memorial Day Weekend 2018 At The Cotton Bowl
Chambers Announce New PRS Foundation-Funded Single 'Down The Rabbit Hole'
Scores Of Jazz Fans Planning A Summer Fling In Cancun
Paleta Sonora The New Album From Thee Commons Available July 28, 2017
Picture This Release Music Video For "Everything I Need"
Watch Jennifer Lopez's Steamy, Tropical 'Ni Tu Ni Yo' Video
Jay-Z Announces 4:44 Tour
Memphis Lands New Major Music Festival At Shelby Farms Park Friday, October 6 And Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Pollyseeds Release New Track "Mama D/Leimert Park" - New Album Out July 14, 2017
The NAMM Foundation Announces $675,000 In Grants To Music Education Programs Worldwide
Billy Ray Cyrus To Appear On 'Live With Kelly And Ryan,' 'The Wendy Williams Show,' CBS Interactive, Fox News Radio, Access Hollywood And More
OZY Fest Adds Exciting New Talent To Line-Up With Mark Cuban, Michael Che, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Gov. Jeb Bush, Dr. Jill Biden, And More
Manchester Duo San Eco Release Gorgeous Album Destined To Be A Classic
Daddy Yankee Just Became The First Latin Artist To Take The #1 Slot On Spotify




© 2001-2018
top40-charts.com (S4)
about | advertise | site map
contact | privacy
Page gen. in 0.0248849 secs // 4 () queries in 0.0060968399047852 secs
Top40-Charts.com
Members Area