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Anastasia Minster


  1. 1.
    Waiting for the Lion
  2. 2.
    When I Die
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    Sleep Sleep
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    With the Wind
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.


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