Violet Willows is Connecticut based duo Brianne Chasanoff (piano, lead vocals), and Mary Gardner (percussion, guitar, bass, vocals). Brianne and Mary's musical talents blend and harmonize perfectly, speaking to the listener intimately through their sensitivity and depth of emotional expression. Brianne began performing with Mary in 2013 at her second album release party. They have been performing ever since at various venues throughout New England and New York including Infinity Hall (Norfolk, CT), Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artists Showcase), Merryall Center for the Arts (New Milford, CT), Voices Cafe (Westport, CT), Towne Crier (Beacon, NY) and The Mews (Provincetown, MA). Along with their unique arrangements of covers you know and love, you may hear traces of Sarah Mclachlan, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Indigo Girls, and The Beatles in Brianne's original music.
Brianne Chasanoff (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. She performs various styles of music from Broadway and classical to pop. 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 and iTunes and have been aired on various local radio stations as well as Spotify and Pandora Internet Radio.
Mary Gardner is a multi-instrumentalist that specializes in percussion and world music. She has received acclaim for her fluency in a wide variety of styles from contemporary music to traditional Irish tunes, having traveled and studied abroad in Ireland and London. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, Skirball Center for the Arts, Goodspeed Opera House, and many other notable venues. Mary received her Bachelor¹s degree in Music Education and Performance and her Master's Degree in Percussion Performance.