Anastasia Rene
Anastasia Rene Anastasia began singing at the age of 6, at first studying voice privately with Jerry Bragin. She continued to sing throughout junior high school and high school, going on to earn a degree in African & African American Music at SUNY Old Westbury. After college, she returned to private study with Kirk Nurock. She has performed as a member of several groups in rock, jazz, folk, pop, funk and worldbeat, in such prestigious venues as The Village Gate, The House of Blues, and Jordan Hall. She has performed with Ralph Peterson, Essiet Essiet, and David Lahm (Joni Mitchell). More recently, she had been brought into the jamband scene, working with Percy Hill, The Zen Tricksters, A.O.D., Gent Treadly and Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead). She appears on rock band El Camino's Autobiotics, Reggae outfit Dub Station's self-titled CD, Percy Hill's LIVE and jazz guitarist Matt Marshak’s This Time Around and Bigga Haitian's single, Gimme di Weed available on iTunes. Her influences include Nina Simone, Cassandra Wilson, Patti Cathcart and Chaka Khan. She performs with her own jazz ensemble (The Anastasia Rene Quartet) in the New York Metro area and overseas as well as with The Sidewinders, another New York-based jazz ensemble and can be seen from time to time performing with Gent Treadly.