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The best kept secret in music


"Riga Jazz Showcase by Ilmars Slapins"

„(...) The group Patina – a collaboration between Biruta Ozolina, a singer and professional pianist educated in the genre of ethnographic music, and several jazz musicians – has been creating their own unique brand of music for several years now. After the concerts, John Edward Hasse, a music historian and Curator of American Music at the Smithsonian Institute, in Washington, D.C.said: I learned how strong Latvian vocal traditions are, and heard several outstanding singers: (...)Biruta Ozolina of the group Patina.
Anne Errna, organizer of the Estonian festival jazzKarr, added: (...) Viktor Ritov is an outstanding jazz pianist.
Peter Schulze, director of the festival Berlin Jazz, recalled: The most interesting thing I discovered was your vocal jazz. Most of your groups play and sing well, yet musicians cannot attract attention in international festivals until they found their own sound, or while they continue to perform jazz standarts heard everywhere in the world. But the group PATINA, with its roots in folklore, was a breath of fresh air(...).

- Baltic Outlook Aug./Sept. 2006

"CD Sirdsgriezi UPE (www, Jennifer Hanson"

„This is one of those albums that sneaks up on rather than grabbing you by the throut. Biruta Ozolina’s combination of vocals and keyboards begs the comparison, so one might as well start by calling her the Latvian Enya by way of getting a grip on her music. It’s easy to put this on as background music, but Sirdsgriezi is more than that.(...) This music entices the listener into another realm and its enchantment is difficult to shake off.”

- Rambles 08.11. 2003.

"CD Bolta Eimu 1999 UPE ( Ivan Emke"

Over the past several decades, Latvia have had a gradual re-awakening of its folk traditions, to go along with its increased freedom in a variety of spheres. This revival of interest in older musical expressions has resulted in a small (but slowly expanding) recording industry that focuses on Latvian traditional music. Biruta Ozolina has been a part of this revival, serving as a member of various traditional bands in Latvia throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Ozolina comes from a long line of singers. Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all appear in Latvia's folklore archives. On this release, she sings and accompanies herself on the Latvian national instrument, the kokle (a relative of the zither-like instruments found throughout many neighbouring regions).
Recorded over a 12-year span, the 14 songs on Bolta Eimu are largely from Ozolina's native area, Latgale. Many of the songs were chosen from manuscripts compiled in the late 1800s. Ozolina is known for her ability to sing in an open and direct way, and on this recording her vocals are marked by a quiet clarity and a purity of tone. At times, her singing is playful, but it is usually introspective and even reverent. She plays the kokle both by picking as well as strumming, to fit the song. In her skillful hands, the kokle sounds like a harp, a zither and an autoharp in various enticing combinations.

- Roots World


CD PATINA 2006 Lauska (
CD UCINAMAS DZIESMAS (trad. children music)2005
CD MIEGA DZIESMAS (trad. children music) 2004 Valters un Rapa (


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PATINA was formed in the summer of 2003. PATINA style is a combination of anciant Latgalian singing ( called - bolsi) and jazz music. Latgale ( the region of Eastern Latvia) is the geographical origin of bolsi singing and home of variety of nations and cultures. As time passes, Latgale has preserved its uniquely characteristic dialect and traditions, as well as an impressive quantity of ancient songs. Folklorists visit Latgale regularily, to record and document their oral tradition. One of PATINA's main ideas is to revive this particular style of singing. This endeavor (undertaken by group leader Biruta Ozolina) requires a special understanding, which can be reached by meticulous research and study of various archived authentic recordings. Finally, "patina" is a matter which gives ancient objects their historical value. Folk music deserves similar regard.
Biruta Ozolina - vocal, kokle, piano. Graduated Latvian Music Academy. Now working as a piano teacher in children music school. Latgalian folk music is her passion. Participated in folk music festivals in Kaunas, Vilnius, Krakow, Visby.
Viktor Ritov - piano, synthesizer. Magistrate of Latvian Music Academy, now a professor there, studied jazz in Enschede Hogeschool (Holland). From 1991, he has participated in various jazz and classical music festivals in Vilnius (Lithuania), Jyvaskyla (Finland), Riga, Lodz (Poland), and has toured as a soloist, as well as in different music groups. Visit web page
Oleg Grishin - studio - touring bassplayer. Graduated Moscow Art University. Participated in jazz festivals in Kaunas, Romania, Latvia. He has also played in a concert with T. Ripdal in Riga.
Indrikis Veitners - clarinet, saxophone. Teaching jazz in Riga Doma Choir School. Indikis has played in various jazz groups.
Vilius Matutis – reseacher of the Baltic traditional music, history, applied arts.
Talis Gzibovskis - percusions. An organizer of Saulkrasti Jazz Festival ( Since 1982 he has played in leading Latvian rock groups, Played together with R.Raubisko. Teaching Jazz in Academy of Pedagogy and Educational Management in Riga .
Showcase Rigas Ritmi 2006
Saulkrasti jazz 2005, 2004
Suklegos (Lithuania) 2004
Koktebel jazz (Ukraine) 2004
Cafe de l’ete La Roche sur Yon 2004