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Patty Trossèl (born 1963, Sassenheim, Netherlands) is Dutch singer and composer who also performs under the name 'La Pat'.

Her musical career started when she was 18 years old with the new-wave band To Lips, in which she sang and played keyboards. A few years later she left the band and entered the school of performing arts in Amsterdam. In 1986 she started “La Pat” as a school project. Soon she started touring through the Netherlands with her 9 piece band.

Everywhere she played she left audiences in total ecstasy with her deep voice (which reaches 4 octaves) and her unique mix of cabaret, big band, vaudeville, pre-war styled chansons and her extraordinary outfits and daring performance. La Pat was passionate, vulgar, chic, emotional, hysterical and very sensitive, all at the same time.

In 1989 she signed with EMI and released her debut album “Eine Frau für die Liebe”, which contained songs in German, English, French, Italian and Hungarian. She gained much critical acclaim for both the cd and the shows, appeared on national radio and TV many times and even had a small hit single with “Keukenhof”. After a couple of years Patty grew tired of all the glitter and quit the band.

At the end of 1991 Patty returned to the stage with her second cd “La Gabbia D’Oro” (EMI): an Italian opera which she wrote in co-operation with Peter van Hintem and Indera Nicolina. Quite a change of style! Gone were all the feathers and she was left with a piano, two violins, a cello and a bandoneon. The premiere was at the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam’s ancient classical music hall) and a tour through Holland and Belgium followed. In 1992 Patty was presented with the Edison (an important Dutch music-price) for the cd.

It wasn’t until 1995 that Patty returned to the stage. This time she had made a mini-cd called “Witchwaltz”: 8 songs, all in English, with a laid-back, jazzy atmosphere. It was followed only one year later by “Gevleugelde Donna” (Movieplay, 1996), a diverse collection of songs in many different languages, for the first time also in Dutch. After 2 successful tours it became quiet again....

It was a journey through India that inspired Patty to write her next cd “Lotusfeet” (2002), an intense collection of songs based on Indian poems, translated into English and recorded with only piano, accordion and violin and for the first time released under her own name. It was followed by concerts in 2003 and 2004.

Currently Patty just finished her 6th cd which will be entitled “Erinnerung”. It will contain songs, all in German, based on poems by Rainer Maria Rilke and will be released on April 3 2008. During the last months of 2007 Patty did some successful try-outs of these new songs in small theaters. New shows for 2008 are being planned.

Discography

Eine Frau fur die Liebe (1989)

La Gabbia D'Oro (1991)

Witchwaltz (1995)

Gevleugelde Donna (1996)

Lotusfeet (2002)

Erinnerung (2008) to be released on La La Land Records

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