One of my greatest joys as a musician is to take a familiar melody and reimagine it through the lens of my classical training. I am thrilled to announce my latest single, “Ain’t Nobody,” a dynamic, tribal piano-driven interpretation of Chaka Khan’s instantly recognizable hit. This energetic cover brings a new sense of urgency and passion to a soulful classic.
I served as conductor, music director, and lead pianist—aka “Diva of the Keys”—for this genre-defying PBS performance, featuring performances from three jaw-droppingly versatile singers (sopranos Nova Y. Payton and Jamet Pittman and mezzo-soprano Laurice Lanier).
I was thrilled to accompany for the original Broadway cast recording of this George and Ira Gershwin classic, featuring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara.
Charles Albert Tindley was a founding figure in American gospel music. Born in 1851, he died as pastor of a 12,500-member congregation in Philadelphia. He also wrote the words and music to dozens of gospel hymns. On this release, I arranged and played piano for select tracks.
The Middle Church Jerriese Johnson Gospel Choir, directed by John Del Cueto, has a powerful and dynamic ministry, both inside and outside the church walls. Their music, which rallies for racial, LGBTQ and economic equality, has been featured on the The Today Show and All In with Chris Hayes. I served as both pianist and music director for the choir, having composed select arrangements for this recording.
I wrote music and performed with AñaVañA (pronounced onya-vonya), a rock-reggae band based in New York City. In December 2003, we signed with Zip Records, and our debut album was released to rave reviews: "Annastasia can move from belting it out to shy schoolgirl in a heartbeat, and admirably covers all points in between... a pleasant alternative to No Doubt."---- NY Rock
Melodic, original and colorful, AñaVañA’s songs combine groovy danceable beats with hypnotizing and dreamy vocals. Appealing to pop, rock, world and reggae fans in equal measure, AñaVañA constructs a unique and memorable sound, previously only available to attendees of our East coast club concerts.
This psychedelic blend of ambient rock with classical and Latin flavors was recorded entirely with minimal language context, using sounds without words. As the originator of AñaVañA, I composed, recorded, and concepted this unique mix of electronic and acoustic instruments with guitarist/composer Ian Bouras.
This release—my first collaboration with guitarist Ian Bouras—features the expanding instrumentation and evolving sound that would eventually lay the groundwork for my band, AñaVañA.