Who are Anya and Robert

anya and robertThe New York Times says of their music, "Shimmering, expressive, powerful."  The New Yorker writes, "Lovely, comic, wistful."  Broadway legend, Donna McKechnie (A Chorus Line), adds, "Their intensely personal songs touch you in the most fundamental and human way."

Singer-songwriters Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki will be receiving a 2017 Bistro Award for "Outstanding Songwriters" on March 13th, recognizing " a successful career of writing and performing an impressive catalogue of freshly original material".

Recently, the team has been performing a new two-person show Hello, West 46th Street at Don't Tell Mama NYC, which features their newly-released single, Caitlyn. Prior to this, they were in the four-character musical revue of their songs Look Up! at the Laurie Beechman Theatre directed by Stephen Nachamie (hailed as "One of the season's brightest scores"), as well as conducting and arranging Spring Forward, a concert of 19 of their songs by the 40-voice National Asian Artists Project's Broadway Community Chorus (Bayork Lee, Artistic Director).

 

Anya and Robert recently released their fifth studio recording Labor Of Love, which explores the important things in life and how they change over time.  The piano-vocal duo is joined on eight of the twelve tracks by the versatile guitarist, John Putnam (Broadway's Kinky Boots).  Covering an eclectic mix of styles including pop, folk, and jazz, the titles include the comic Fifty Is The New Twenty-Five, the biographical Paul and Janet (and like that...), the inspirational I Was Here (a birthday song), and the blues-inflected Harper Lee.  The Labor Of Love Songbook is also now available.

Anya's sound, "a lovely, clear low voice with a whiskeyish burr" (New York Times), grew out of her experience interpreting American standards and the songs of Broadway.  Robert is "a musician whose fine ear allows him to leap deftly from style to style." (New York Times)  The songwriting of Turner and Grusecki has been described as "intelligent, mature, and interesting and so fresh and creative that I couldn't compare it to the work of any other songwriters." (Backstage)  Anya and Robert have performed in theatres, nightclubs and concert halls across the USA. Their music has been heard in such NYC venues as Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, the Metropolitan Room, and the 92nd Street Y. Their songs have been featured on various radio shows: WFUV New York (Woody's Children), WFMT Chicago (The Midnight Special), WRCT Pittsburgh (Best Of Broadway), and Showbiz Radio (UK).  Many other artists have covered their work including Donna McKechnie, Karen Akers, Steve Ross, and Kathy Kinney.

Their previous CD recordings include Ordinary People (1996), You Loved Me (1998), Greetings From Yorkville (2007 Original Cast Album), and A Party (2011).  In 2012 Robert and Anya published two songbooks: Greetings From Yorkville (all twenty-three songs from the Off-Broadway show) and A Party.

Turner and Grusecki have twice been named finalists for the Richard Rodgers Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters for their musicals, Greetings From Yorkville and After All, a musical much ado (a contemporary take on Shakespeare's romantic comedy).  They have also been awarded grants and honors from Meet The Composer and the American Society of Composers and Publishers.

Their CDs and singles are available on CD Baby (disc and digital download), iTunes (digital download), and Amazon (digital download); the three Songbooks are available by mail order only.

 

Anya and Robert are married and live in New York City.

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