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Genre: Jazz

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.WAV's eclectic mix of traditional Balkan music, surf rock and jazz has been mesmerizing audiences for over a year and a half. Classically trained percussionaist Vessela Stoyanova and American rocker Troy Kidwell formed the group around their common interest in surf music of the sixties. Dick Dale's father was Lebanese and his mother was Polish so many of his tunes have Middle Eastern/European flavors. "'Miserlou' (the Pulp Fiction song) is actually a traditional Greek song. We just took it from there and added our own flavors to it," explains Troy.

With a lineup of six people from five different countries those flavors are from African to Japan, via South America, Greece, Bulgaria, Hungary and India, then liberally sprinkled with rock and jazz. "We're not one of those 'world music' groups with pan flutes and synths though. We have the power of rock-n-roll and the soul of folk traditions behind us," says Vessela.

A musical melting pot mixing Eastern bloc and surf rock on the rocks with a little umbrella in it