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At NAMM Show '24 playing the Dogal Strings on a very beautiful, uniquely hand-crafted instrument by OD Guitars, at the Bare Knuckle Pickups booth!
Thanks to Marco Celegon, Omer and Tali Deutsch at OD Guitars, Aidan Israel, Michael Sean Miller, and Timmy, Ben and Chris at Bare Knuckle!
February 15, 2024
"It is described as jazz-rock, but it's so much more" Album review (in German) on Melodiva, signed by Fee Kuhn
"The wide bandwidth and careful selection are pleasantly noticeable. Also special: the analog recording technology, which gives the songs a rough, simple, natural sound [...] fantastic accompanying musicians [...] excellent vocal technique"
Photo by Marcus Liedholm from latest concert.
December 20, 2023
"There's her voice, coming out quite straightforward. There's rhythm, force and passion, as well as clever lyrics, that make the album worthwhile."
Spice, Gold and Tales Untold - spotlight in Der Hörspiegel (in German)
November 29, 2023
"What a striking effect lies in this clear arrangement!"
An excellent review of "Spice, Gold and Tales Untold" in the latest issue (Dec. 2023 - Jan. 2024) of Good Times Magazine!
January 16, 2024
 
South of Sweden welcoming Ana's music with an extended story on two whole pages and the front cover of newspaper Norra Skåne!
Thanks to Lars Stenberg, Anders Mårtenson, Sofia Åström and Martin Davidsson!
December 29, 2023

Here's from a piece called "Mood for Italian Food", only available in these art/exhibitions contexts by gifted artist Luciana Tamas.

It's a funny quirky jazzy song about creativity, and how one needs nourishing breaks to refuel it.

Symptomatic/Asymptomatic is a pavilion, curated by Luciana Tamas, in the ample online art exhibition The Wrong Biennale.
November 15, 2023
A great review in reputed Vintage Guitar Magazine, plus a video feature of General Conspiracy, which you can see here.
October 26, 2023

Lazland Find of the Year

Find of the Year Award 2023 from Lazland.org

"There was a clear winner here. Ana Patan’s Spice, Gold and Tales Untold remains a regularly played album, which I headlined as a treat for inquisitive minds. It is a delight; she is a huge talent [...]"

January 10, 2024

"...One of the best I've heard in many years, across all genres.

By the way, the sound is also one of the best!
This album breathes and lives music.
One of my absolute top recommendations for you this year!!!"
Review of Spice, Gold and Tales Untold (in German) on Hören und Fühlen
December 6, 2023
Live music / ART / reading event with Ana Patan Trio (Ana Patan - guit, voc, Per Stadin - bass, Rickard Langnesund - drums) painters Susanne Bygdo and Marcus Liedholm, and author Åke Högman!
November 4, 2023
“She is equally good at it all: guitar playing, singing, composing. Which is actually not that usual, for example that a skilled, yes, virtuosic guitarist would write such good, direct and accessible pieces.”
A pwerceptive review of “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” by reputed music journalist Bengt Eriksson in the latest issue (Oct. 2023) of Swedish magazine Hifi & Musik.

October 20, 2023

Vintage Guitar Magazine!

Vintage Guitar Magazine has been, for decades, one of Ana’s favourite publications in matter guitars and music,  with its long established and constant quality.

The honour and thrill is therefore substantial to find in its pages (no. 81, October 2023) a really snappy little review of her album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”!

Not only that, but they also asked Ana to contribute for the occasion a video where she’s playing some of the music on the album and talking a bit about the release and her equipment. Check it out on the magazine’s page, here: https://www.vintageguitar.com/54701/ana-patans-funky-general-conspiracy/

 

Review in HiFi & Musik

“She is equally good at it all: guitar playing, singing, composing. Which is actually not that usual, for example that a skilled, yes, virtuosic guitarist would write such good, direct and accessible pieces.”
A splendid review of Patan’s album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” by reputed music journalist Bengt Eriksson in the latest issue (Oct. 2023) of Swedish magazine Hifi & Musik.

Jazz-Fun Review

The jazz world is opening its arms to Ana Patan’s music with an excellent review from Jazzfun of her newly arrived CD “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”.

“Purists may question the jazziness of this recording, but what good are such discussions when a shiver runs down your spine when listening to this CD? The sparse arrangement and the unpretentious singing of Ana Patan, the simplicity and authenticity of the artistic expression contribute to the unique atmosphere of this recording.” Jazzfun, Sep. 2023

“A treat for inquisitive minds”

British journalist Steve Lazenby finds in Ana Patan’s album “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold” so much more than the obvious, which makes this review particularly commendable!

He writes with the knowledge and sympathy of an insider, of a participant in the music, an attitude which allows him to understand a lot of the discrete meanings, in the lyrics, in the chords and in the way everything is played. In any work of art which took a decade to exist, there are bound to be plenty of details easy to miss or be brushed aside by anyone whose job is to hear and review a lot of albums daily. That trap is not for Mr. Lazenby, who managed to guide the listener along all the little miracles of this collection.

 

“desperately clever […] achingly beautiful”

“…achieves that very difficult trick of appearing to be one of the most utter simplicity but is, in reality, a very cleverly constructed piece of music and, perhaps more than most, achieves that “in the living room” effect for the listener.”

“Modern punk rock sensibilities infused with the blues. By god, this is so good. ”

“This piece of music will be an extremely strong contender for my “track of 2023” when it comes to the year close.”

“This is an album which ultimately makes me smile and feel good when I hear it, and, mind, also about our future as a race, because as long as we can express ourselves in this manner, there will always be hope.

Very highly recommended.”

Read the entire article here:
https://lazland.org/album-reviews-2023/ana-patan-spice-gold-and-tales-untold

Shops around the world where you can buy the CD “Spice, Gold and Tales Untold”

Here is a (still improvable) list of record shops where you may find it, depending on where you live:

Austria https://www.weltbild.at/artikel/musik/spice-gold-and-tales-untold_41458429-1

Australia https://kishkash.com.au/products/ana-patan-spice-gold-and-tales-untold-new-cd-1?variant=42343952613558

Belgium https://bilborecords.be/patan-ana-spice-gold-and-tales-untold

Czech https://www.cd-hudba.cz/cd-rock/patan–ana-spice–gold-and-tales-untold–1-cd-/

Czech https://www.musikhug.ch/de/vinyl_cd_geschenke/cd/rock-und-pop/spice-gold-and-tales-untold-patan-ana-bardo-cd–2676371.html

Denmark https://imusic.dk/music/0647882500121/ana-patan-2023-spice-gold-tales-untold-cd

France https://www.fnac.com/a18242455/Ana-Patan-Spice-Gold-et-Tales-Untold-CD-album

Germany https://www.mediamarkt.de/de/product/_ana-patan-spicegold-and-tales-untold-cd-2884210.html

Germany https://wom.de/poprock/detail/-/art/ana-patan-spice-gold-tales-untold/hnum/11462359

Germany https://www.saturn.de/de/product/_ana-patan-spicegold-and-tales-untold-cd-2884210.html

Germany https://www.jpc.de/jpcng/poprock/detail/-/art/ana-patan-spice-gold-tales-untold/hnum/11462359

Hungary https://lemezkucko.hu/patan-ana-spice-gold-and-tales-untold-2653829

Italy https://www.lafeltrinelli.it/spice-gold-tales-untold-cd-ana-patan/e/0647882500121

Italy https://www.mondadoristore.it/Spice-gold-and-tales-untold-Ana-Patan/eai064788250012/

Italy https://www.ibs.it/spice-gold-tales-untold-cd-ana-patan/e/0647882500121

Japan https://honto.jp/netstore/pd-cd_93885303.html

Japan https://tower.jp/item/5708805/Spice,-Gold-and-Tales-Untold

Netherlands https://www.bol.com/nl/nl/p/spice-gold-and-tales-untold/9300000148868299/

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Poland https://allegro.pl/oferta/cd-ana-patan-spice-gold-and-tales-untold-14264222221

Poland https://www.cd-dvd-vinyl.pl/wykonawca-ana-patan/

Portugal https://cdgo.com/detalhe/0647882500121/spice-gold-tales-untold-patan-ana

Portugal https://www.wook.pt/musica/spice-gold-and-tales-untold-cd-ana-patan/28519077

Russia https://legatomusic.ru/catalog/id/4433550/

Switzerland https://www.exlibris.ch/de/musik/cd/ana-patan/spice-gold-and-tales-untold/id/0647882500121/

Scandinavia https://www.soundpollution.se/produkt/spice-gold-and-tales-untold/ – MAIN DISTRIBUTOR

Scandinavia https://imusic.co/music/0647882500121/ana-patan-2023-spice-gold-tales-untold-cd

Sweden https://www.bengans.eu/cgi-bin/ibutik/AIR_ibutik.fcgi?funk=visa_artikel&artnr=4244850

UK https://propermusic.com/products/anapatan-spicegoldandtalesuntold – MAIN DISTRIBUTOR

UK https://hmv.com/store/music/cd/spice%2C-gold-and-tales-untold

UK https://www.prestomusic.com/jazz/products/9485524–spice-gold-and-tales-untold

UK https://www.horizonsmusic.co.uk/products/ana-patan-spice-gold-and-tales-untold-cd

UK https://hmv.com/store/music/cd/spice%2c-gold-and-tales-untold

UK https://www.whsmith.co.uk/products/spice-gold-and-tales-untold/0647882500121.html

UK https://headrecords.co.uk/rock/pop/spice-gold-tales-untold-ana-patan/p-bardo5001

UK https://www.grooves-inc.com/ana-patan-spice-gold-and-tales-untold-bardo-cd-pZZa1-2100852045.html

UK https://www.banquetrecords.com/ana-patan/spice%2C-gold-and-tales-untold/BARDO5001

UK https://sisterray.co.uk/products/spice-gold-and-tales-untold

UK https://www.juno.co.uk/products/ana-patan-spice-gold-tales-untold-cd/963952-01/

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Prog Rogue – Album Review

An album review in PROG ROGUE

May 20, 2023 

ANA PATAN (ROMANIA) Spice, Gold and Tales Untold

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“Contrary to popular perception, I am not at all a narrow-minded, only symphonic/neo prog aficionado, as my vast music collection has all kinds of deviations in its ranks, from classical, jazz, new wave, alternative, rock, blues, pop, and electronic offerings. The number of jazz-rock fusion albums on my walls is quite colossal, as I thoroughly enjoy instrumental music perhaps even more than those with vocals. Ana reached out to PROG ROGUE with an unusually kind and heartwarming request for a review. Ana was raised in an unfortunate time in her country’s already complex history, a child in a land ravaged by poverty and despair, under the evil tutelage of a ‘conducator’ (leader) whose only salvation was that his wife was even a worse human being. As I was born in the neighbouring country, where the 1956 Hungarian revolution against the Stalinist regime forced my family and I as a baby into exile, with Soviet border guards shooting at us, so it is fair to say that we share in a similar existential grief that can only be understood by those who escaped or lived in the ‘socialist paradise’ (it was neither). Ana went to Germany to fulfill her artistic desire to express herself unashamedly (aka without censorship of any kind), learning her craft and finally achieving her musical goals. It took almost a biblical 7 years to get this album done and it is a rewarding experience.

It was hard for me to highlight which of her 2 main talents were the most impressive, her unique guitar style (more about that later) or her incredibly sultry vocal phrasing, which at times felt like coming out of the swampy Deep South of the USA! Her release features some rather impressive talent, with the fluid Jonas Hellborg (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Roine Stolt, Alan Holdsworth) on bass and my fellow countryman Zoltan Csorsz (The Flower Kings, Lifesigns, The Tangent) providing a first-rate rhythm section. This is a very personal testament with little affectation, hyper-glossy production with endless layers of sound. Stripped down bare in order to reveal honesty, inspiration, and utter class, the sophisticated object is to seduce, charm and make one smile.  Spice Gold and Tales Untold.

A simple ditty kicks off the proceedings with “Undeciphered”, a brief and minimalist intro with zero effects guitar flicks, a humid voice and Hellborg’s lurking bass wobble, all sounding very small smoky stage lounge cocktail aperitif. Elegant simplicity indeed. This is a set up for the entrancing jazzy waltz of “General Conspiracy”, a damp southern blues riff (à la Steve Cropper) with insistent vocal athletics that swerve, rise, swoop and dive with unrestrained ardor.  Hypnotic, a bit psychotic and definitely acidic, this a fascinating piece of genius. A darling ballad perhaps that would “Trivialize Love”, the mood gets exceptionally laid back and smooth as floating silk, her electric guitar swooning in exaltation and her shivering voice deeply emotionally engaged. The arrangement slows down to a turtle-like crawl, another marvel, as Jonas unwinds delicately.  “The Human” has a folkier setting, with Zoltan tapping his kit with slick minimalism, as Ana wails with plaintive gusto, followed by some twisting guitar touches. Think singer/songwriter greats like Janis Ian, Joan Baez, Joan Armatrading and Joni Mitchell (the four Js) but Ana can do the guitar thingy very well indeed. 

Veering towards a bluesier expanse, “Pure and Plain” showcases some tricky electric guitar phrasings as her voice slips into a clear and yet melancholic stance. She hits the higher notes with ease and conviction, with a little scat to boot. Out of the blue (she does come from a lovely town on the Danube after all), she switches to her native tongue on “Soarele Meu” (my sun), fascinating composition that owns a resemblance to typical Brazilian style jazz (Romanian is a Latin language after all) in that it will make your hips sway to the breezy solar heat emanating from the speakers. Beach music, tanned skin in bikinis, cool beverages, and something grilling nearby.

Okay, enough playful stuff, let’s get hot and heavy with some Southern boogie, a loving wink to ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, Atlanta Rhythm Section (a hint of their classic “Spooky”), as her relentlessly repetitive riff burrows deep into the soul. “21st Century Citizen” is her raunchy affirmation that her art is universal, though proud of her roots and her offering is aimed for the world’s oyster. She is the nacre mother of pearl. The restrained flutter of “Hot Hot” is intoxicating in its finesse, her fingers shimmering over her fretboard with apparent ease. Its her tired vocals that really fascinate, coming directly from the subterranean crevices of her soul. “How Could We Live Before” is more of the same, perhaps a reflection on her youthful hardship, comfortable with her art and her vision, expressing it without compromise. I believe it’s called maturity, and this is what all musicians try to aspire to.  

The finale is a fabulous piece that keeps the intensity of her vocal prowess fully on as “Colours on Hormones” is the convincing nail in the proverbial coffin. So, this surely is not prog in its symphonic, neo, crossover, fusion, or metal sense but an authentic musical divertissement that has a time and space well deserved in your daily routine. It’s fun, mostly upbeat, original, heartfelt, and enjoyable.”

4.5 Wallachian stories

by Thomas Szirmay

 

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The Union of Composers and Musicologists…

… from Romania, has recently (in its issue from September 2022) graced my musical efforts with a favourable album chronicle, by noteworthy author Doru Ionescu, in their official monthly magazine “Actualitatea muzicala” (The musical Actuality).

“A German of Romanian origins with the most spectacular rise of all Romanian pop-rock musicians in the last years. Laudative cronicles, votes from music lovers and journalists all over Europe. I’d call her a self-made woman. She sings and plays the electric guitar, solo or in various combinations, duo, trio […]

And it wasn’t the effort of re-establishing herself in a new country that was the key moment in Ana’s life, but getting affected by tendinitis, a sickness which ends your music career if you’re a guitar player. Though she pushed through and got over everything. What didn’t bring her down made her stronger. That hardship proved to bring out her best resources for getting well and seeing her ambition come true: recording the album she’s always dreamed of. […]”

Actualitatea Muzicala 2022-09

 

On the Romanian National Television

I have the honor of being included in a documentary/interview on Romanian musicians across the globe that is being aired on July 2 2022 at 22 Romanian time on national TV post TVR3.

Hat Tip to Doru Ionescu and his professional team of young journalists, of which interviewer Iona Ivaș (13) was a beautiful surprise!

http://tvr3.tvr.ro/remix_37024.html

Here’s a video of the transmission https://youtu.be/sR3g59P983o

 

Story in Gitarre & Bass

Featured in leatest issue (February 2022) of prestigious German magazine Gitarre & Bass, with an interview on three pages, conducted by the versed Heinz Rebellius!

The essence of a two-hours-long discussion online – and probably the longest I’ve been talking about guitars ever. Not that I don’t like guitars – I am quite fascinated by this graceful and versatile instrument, but more than talking about them I like to fight them! 😉 (alluding to the last part of the text, which I intend to translate from German and post here soon.)

 

Back to Gitarre & Bass, this is the magazine I’ve been collecting and studying with for so many years, and, like any musician in Germany  I suppose, worshipping to bits! That’s why it’s still difficult for me to believe this has just happened! Thanks to Klemens Möllenbeck (credits for the pic above), and to one more friend in Germany, Johannes Leitner, who sent prompt photos and provided some sort of proof!

Virtual concert tomorrow!

Vor 3 Jahren war sie schon mal da, war cool, deshalb kommt sie am 15.11. wieder, Ana Patan aus Rumänien, wir freuen uns auf das Wiedersehen 😎

Posted by Jever Song Night on Thursday, November 8, 2018

things have a way of settling in you’ll see though nothing will probably be what you expect it to be you’re already all right take a smaller bite stop being so tight this is not a fight things have a way of saving the day you’ll see

Posted by Ana Patan on Sunday, July 4, 2021

Fun starts after the concert: A really fine plate of tapas for the hungry musicians and their wonderful friends!

Posted by Ana Patan on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
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