Juana Ghani / Press

“This is acoustic euro-gypsy-vodka-punk from the Rocky Mountains, infused with romantic fin-de-siècle decadence. It’s not literally faithful to any one specific musical tradition, but it sounds completely authentic nevertheless; She Lost Her Head contains nine original and two traditional songs, performed with total commitment and a real sense that the band is living the life its music represents. There is a distinctly central European vibe to the music, both in its insistent off-beat rhythms and in the deep joyful melancholy expressed by its modalities and its soulful delivery. This is music to share vodka (or absinthe) to, to dance to in a big, happy, drunken crowd, to sing along with while tears stream down your face, a soundtrack for the sunrise at the end of a long night of half-remembered revelry. Juana Ghani are a beautiful band, playing right from the heart with inspiring intensity; this is communal, inclusive, life and death music.”

“Juana Ghani seem to have a penchant for bringing to life a seedy, seductive back alley in Italy or Russia through their simultaneously languid and staccato music.”

“The music is a savage, unrestricted mix of tradition, overlaid with rocking dynamism, suffused with unstoppable gypsy lust and dark desire, with an added touch of punk attitude. The soul of a wandering troubadour meets with a ‘take it or leave it’ approach built on the free-living nomadic essence that sets up home where the wheels stop turning. There are no boundaries and fewer restrictions, recognised or accepted. The intense feeling of musical freedom is so strong you could reach out and touch it. This album is as close to musical theatre as much as it is a sound recording, and it’s highly addictive. One listen tugs you into Juana Ghani's world of Eastern European inspired multi-influenced music and lyrics with a pull so strong you’re instantly living it.”

“Juana Ghani create a fiery sound that’s seductive and serpentine, with a creeping darkness that would befit a broken-down carnival.”

“Leisl Bonell’s voice is sweet and sinister”

“Juana Ghiani was an experience that went far beyond the bandstand. They have a familial tribal vibe going on that makes a fun atmosphere long before the music starts to play. Once they get started, the music kicks into dance-time, with clean controlled rhythms and expressive singing. I’ve experienced these same Euro-Folk vibes in France, England, and Holland ... the inclusiveness and simple fun are impossible to beat”

“A little bit ragamuffin, gypsy, punk, and always a party, they seem to have an energy that doesn't quit. And it's not like any concert you've ever been to before.”

“Everyone has moments when music stabs deep down and drags them to their feet to truly dance. If you'd like an opportunity to have one of those moments, I highly suggest making it out to see Juana Ghani.”

“This group has a unique talent for the music with a unique gypsy style”

“Their album, “Shall We Live Forever”, is certainly no misnomer. I have no doubt that it will haunt, energize, and otherwise caress my soul for the rest of my days. From the first note of the first song my spirit was lifted and transported to another time and place somewhere in a mystical universe I thought only existed in Overactive Imaginationland. It was like riding a Log Flume with Beetleguise and a band of Pirate Gypsies as we passed through a Stargate into the Caribbean Sea and landed at Cirque du Freak. Led by raunchy accordion licks, vocals like sweet Revani served on sandpaper, and percussion that altered the course of my heartbeat, I could only think of how I yearn to be a part of it. I could feel the air around me thicken as I was whisked into a waking dream that I never wanted to end.”

“Leading to conclude the night, gypsy band Juana Ghani transformed the audience from sitting down and watching to full participation through dancing and celebration. Equipped with belly dancers and an orchestra of instruments, the 13 performers brought a magical liveliness to their production by bringing carnival vibes to the festival. Filled with imagination and a creative outlook on their performance was a fantastic addition to the fest, and certainly added a jovial intoxication to the souls of all who were there.”

"Wonderful, wonderful artistry!"

B Noel Barr - Lunch at the Barr (HotMix106.com)

“Best of the Beehive 2012”

Salt Lake Magazine

“Its as if you’ve been transported to a entirely different space. Surrounded by hundreds of friends and family. Singing, dancing, whooping and hollering together. Almost as if you’re all off in a distant space around a bon fire, collectively. There is a strong sense of family and unity that can be found in the air. Which when breathed in gives all in attendance a sense of belonging.”

“...semi- nightmarish fantasies of violence, revenge, desire and struggle.”

“Shall We Live Forever, is a masterpiece of gypsy-influenced music, with no one single member overshadowing the rest of the band. That's a rare find in ensemble groups, as there usually tends to be one person who clearly has much more going on in the recordings than the others, but not with Juana Ghani. They've got a perfect blend between the music and the vocals, with everyone getting a great deal of exposure.”

“Having established a vibrant community of musicians, writers, dancers and other artists, local band Juana Ghani now has a brand-spanking-new CD of its distinct, gypsy-influenced sound so fans can appreciate the musical chops and lyrical complexities of Juana Ghani's members outside the sphere of their wild live shows”

“From Shall We Live Forever’s somber beginning, “Murder of Crows,” a song that tells of a hunted gypsy group that must kill to achieve their freedom, the album continues in the same vein of semi- nightmarish fantasies of violence, revenge, desire and struggle. They sing the second track on the album, the popular Romani song “Amari Szi Amari,” entirely in Romani, giving the album an authentic gypsy feel. The album becomes almost dizzying with its repetitive downbeats and backup vocalists howling various vowels behind every track.”

“Its as if a band of gypsies have parked their wagon just outside and your lucky enough to be invited to join them.”

“Juana Ghani’s signature poppy-polka sound is consistent throughout Shall We Live Forever, the band’s first studio album, as the members utilize Old World instruments to produce something unique. Steady drums, intricate bouzouki and romantic accordion can be found underneath the strong, feminine voice of lead singer/ band manager Leisl Bonell.”

“There is something of a contradiction between the artful poetry of the lyrics and the communal unity of the sound, but it is a contradiction that speaks a positive message to the listener. We modern, separated individuals, it says to us, can find that longed for sensation of belonging in the community of this music itself. At the same time there is a fundamental set of creative agreements that unify the verbal and aural significations of Budmo!: a sense of the wholeness of life that mourns and grieves in the same breath with which it draws the energy to dance. This is soulful, open, inviting, generous music, both spiritual and sensual, full of love, death, sex, grief, passion and vodka. Juana Ghani offer a glimpse of the community we could inhabit; and for a brief interval, they bring the opportunity to visit.”

“Juana Ghani’s performances are celebrations — celebrations of the people they are, the cultures they love and the coming together of worldly people through worldly music.”

“The band plays Central and Eastern European-sounding gypsy music with persistent and catchy beats. Listening to the band for the first time is an experience few are likely to forget.”

Q Salt Lake

“Central and Eastern European sounding gypsy music, that bounces along on a persistent, driving brass bass, with a bewildering caste of multifarious characters providing a dazzling away of instrumentation, voices and dance moves. The difficulty at a Juana Ghani gig will be to remember to come home again afterwards. Intoxicating and seductive music of the first order.”

“They put on a hell of a show!" "...such an amazing show!”

“Wonderful gypsy folk”

"impossible not to fall in love with the music"

“a musical experience like nothing else”

“I like to think of Juana Ghani as almost like a circus. You know, they're touring around the country with their tigers and their clowns and people who can hula hoop really well.”

“Taking our listeners into a dimension far from anything heard earlier in the mix, Juana Ghani’s “Amari Szi Amari” speaks a musical language known by many and spoken by few. There are elements of Eastern, Western and other worldly cultures included here, with a strong commitment to times of old … a very interesting find to bring our listeners!”

"Really fantastic percussion" "...a really original sound."

The Screaming House Madrigals

"Wow! Your music just tickled my ears like a fresh breeze"

Susan Simmons

“ "... forthright ..." "This is quite special!"”

“... they evoked the macabre, but with a smile on their faces.”

“Blood has a bad rep, but it’s honestly a good thing; there’s blood all over Shall We Live Forever? Blood and darkness. The hot blood of life and passion; the welcoming dark of all-night celebration and vodka-induced blindness… I’m pretty certain the answer to the question posed in the title is ‘no, so what are we waiting for?’ This is communal gypsy folk, with equal parts groove and lyricism (and great playing), a life-affirming panegyric to the sacred pain and hedonism of life.”

“There is a disparity between listening to the album and seeing the band perform--the latter being an orgy for the eyes. They are a performance band foremost, and the crowd reacted with ecstatic fervor.”