Glenn Patscha


Public bio

Born in 1970 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Glenn Patscha began playing Hammond Organ at around 4 years old. He continued to play and study the piano locally until the age of 18.

in 1989 at years old he received a scholarship to study Jazz Piano Performance with legendary jazz educator Ellis Marsalis at The University Of New Orleans. During that time he played and toured with many New Orleans greats both young and old including Nicholas Payton, Brian Blade, Donald Harrison, Earl Palmer, Harold Battiste and Jesse Davis. In the latter period of his New Orleans years he recorded with N’Dea Davenport, Marianne Faithfull, Cubanismo and The Yockamo All Stars.

In the late 1990’s Patscha began touring with Marianne Faithfull. Touring with Faithfull he ignited his interests in composing and film scoring. 

In NYC in 2002, Patscha formed the band Ollabelle. T Bone Burnett signed the band to his Columbia Label, DMZ. Notable fans of the band include Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Allison Krauss, David Bromberg, and Ryan Adams.

Since the early 2000's Patscha has also been composing scores and songs for film. He composed the title song for "Gods and Generals" and co-composed the score for "The Valley Of Xmas" by Andrei Codrescu with Mark Bingham. Patscha also co-composed the score for Sundance Grand Jury Prize winning “Sangre de mi Sangre” (2007) with Brian Cullman. In 2009 he scored Finnish Film Maker Alli Haapasalo’s “Kukkulan Kuningas - On Thin Ice” and in 2016 he composed the score and songs for her feature film debut "Syysprinssi" (Love and Fury).

Patscha has recently collaborated on a number of short films by Photographer Mary Ellen Mark and film maker Martin Bell. 

Patscha has produced the Holmes Brothers recording "Brotherhood" and Marc Cohn as of late. He currently tours with Marc Cohn and Rosanne Cash and is a Nord Keyboard artist. 

In the past few years Patscha has worked with Levon Helm, Roger Waters, Willie Nelson, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Ryan Adams, David Bromberg, Madeline Peyroux, Chocolate Genius, Lizz Wright, Elysian Fields, The Holmes Brothers, Linda Thompson, Loudon Wainwright, Laurie Anderson, Marc Cohn, Doyle Bramhall ll, Gustavo Cerati and many others. With Ollabelle, he also sang many of the harmonies in Julie Taymor’s feature film “Across The Universe”