David Wax Museum Blends Classical, Old Time, and Irish & Mexican Folk

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David Wax’s circuitous journey from mid-Missouri to the back roads of Mexico has been the inspiration behind David Wax Museum, a magical duo that blends traditional Mexican and American folk music. Part 2 of this incredible sound is Suz Slezak, who grew up on on a small farm in rural Virginia, where she was homeschooled by her father. She brings her own traditional Irish, classical, old time and folk to the table with her folky voice and upbeat style. Suz is the Museum’s anchor to American roots music and helps fashion its distinctive sound with her fiddling and harmony vocals. Since 2007, David and Suz have formed the core of the David Wax Museum.

A little history of how David Wax Museum started and where David’s influence came from:

While attending Deep Springs College, an unconventional school that doubles as a cattle ranch, David spent his summers working in rural Mexico with the American Friends Service Committee. He finished his degree at Harvard University before heading back to the Mexican countryside to study its rich folk music tradition on a year-long fellowship. It was there that he first began blending Midwestern folk with the instruments, rhythms, lyrical themes and song structures of son mexicano.

When they first got started, they played house concerts, traveling from one to another in a mini-van. In the second video, they give you a little taste of how the house concert ‘style’ worked, albeit in the Camden Theatre along the Maine coast during PopTech this October.

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One Response to David Wax Museum Blends Classical, Old Time, and Irish & Mexican Folk

  1. Jazz Clothing November 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    A very interesting duo indeed. Their music definitely has the Mexican and folk music flavor. I hope that more people get a chance to hear their music.

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