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Rufus Wainwright: Portrait / Launched Artist: Ane DiazWWRufus Wainwright: Portrait / Launched Artist: Ane Diaz

April 6, 2020 • 45 min

Rufus Wainwright: Portrait Launched Artist: Ane Diaz We begin Episode #33 with an honest and topical discussion with Mr. Wainwright, whose been sharing his music freely on social media for some time now. Since quarantine he has redoubled/tripled/quadrupled his efforts with his robe recitals daily! We get 22 glorious minutes with him to discuss the current affairs and how artists are engaging in the quarantine landscape. Then on to one of our favorite artists for many years Ms. Ane Diaz. The Venezuelan chanteuse and long time Phoenix Family friend let’s us in on her gardening tips, her early days in America, her love of music, + a surprise pop in by Devendra Banhart before she plays us a Venezuelan folk song. Find us at or Listen Here.

NPR -Songs We Love: Ane Díaz, 'Allá Viene Un Corazón'

Marisa Arbona-Ruiz 

March 22, 201810:58 AM ET

As the humanitarian and political crisis continued to mount in her native Venezuela, Ane Diaz turned to the folk songs that shaped her early life and put her own spin on them, as a way to protect what she considers national treasures.

In the first release from that work, "Allá Viene Un Corazón" Díaz radically abandons the popular, fast-paced 6/8 rhythm of the Venezuelan danza — a folk song played with small, guitar-like instruments and folkloric percussion, transforming it into a slow burn, an awakening heart with a soulful, jazzy pivot and twangy guitars.


"Allá Viene Un Corazón" translates to "There Comes a Heart." The single is from her upcoming album, simply and aptly titled Venezuela, which collects her reinterpretations of the folkloric songs she holds dear. "These songs have inspired and guided me all my life," she says in a press release. "It has been a dream to be able to share them — most importantly now, when dictatorship and hunger [are] trying to steal the soul of the people of Venezuela."

Díaz's graceful angst and yearning inhabit the song, as her voice brings out a richness and emotional depth hidden within its more traditional versions, a finesse matched by the striking touch of trumpet. A few wistful notes set the tone, followed by sparse guitar tremolo, vocals and cello in the first stanza that ends with a desire to restore a poor, ailing heart.

Corazón bello, que tengo el pecho maluco, allá viene un corazón [Beautiful heart, I have an ailing chest, here comes a heart]

Then comes one of my favorite moments, the cry of a sustained trumpet note that invokes Miles Davis and ushers in the rest of the song's fuller sound. Producer Rain Phoenix (sister of actor Joaquin Phoenix) describes that long held out trumpet as a way to speak to "the rush of excitement in the heart, coming back to the heart, awakening the heart." We're listening.

The upcoming album Venezuela will be released in mid April. Listen Here


Ane Díaz Shares a Kaleidoscopic Video for Her Single “Los Ejes de Mi Carreta”

The song is the latest single for the Launched Artists Digital Singles Series.

July 20th 2020 

by Kim March 

Venezuelan-born singer and multi-instrumentalist Ane Díaz’s mission statement is to bridge the gap between Latin music and American alternative genres. “Even if you don’t know Spanish, you can still experience and appreciate the emotion of the song,” she shares. “I’m an American Latino now, so I’m putting all of the things I love together and honoring them.” 

Díaz, whose connection to the Phoenix family dates back to her opening sets for Rain and River’s band Aleka’s Attic, channels this alt-rock energy into her latest Argentinian folk ballad “Los Ejes de Mi Carreta,” which arrives today as a part of LaunchLeft’s Launched Artists Digital Singles Series. The fiery ballad—which comes with a kaleidoscopic visual directed by Dominic De Joseph—is stripped to vocals and guitar, with Díaz’s deep voice dominating the track. 

“To me, it translates to the struggle of the poor or anyone being silenced,” she explains. “The song refers to a farmer. He doesn’t want to grease the wheels of his cart, because he wants to hear the noise. It represents his voice. We deserve to be acknowledged, seen, heard and be proud of who we are.” 


APRIL 6, 2018

Ane Diaz dropped the new single “Allá Viene Un Corazón” that deals in a vérité of brass inflected melodies & arrangements. The sincere & impassioned approach draws extensively from the Diaz’s Venezeluan heritage with a crooning delivery & arrangement reminiscent of stateside clandestine lounges from the 1950s. Known for work in Causey (Alternative Tentacles), Ane’s song moves with musical brush-strokes that paint the passage ways to the heart of human affection. Read Full Article Here


Ane Diaz - Allè Viene Un Corazòn

A simple triplet shuffle on the snare with brushes, some tasty harmonies, and a bleeding soul. Sometimes that is all it takes.

May of 2018.

By Krister Axel

It's a lonesome trumpet, but it's not a cowboy cliché. This is a songwriter with a sultry voice who happens to sing in Spanish. The production is vaguely dressed in the trappings of a Venezuelan desert-folk song, but the sense of longing and mystery is very open. After all, we are just talking about love.

A simple triplet shuffle on the snare with brushes, some tasty harmonies, and a bleeding soul. Sometimes that is all it takes.

Ane Diaz is a singer and songwriter from Venezuela.

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