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Mexo-Americana Music from The David Wax Museum

Written by Joe Ulrich, Arts & Culture Desk and WITF Host | Apr 7, 2014 8:44 AM

Have you ever played a donkey jawbone before? Suz Slezak, one of the two core members of the band The David Wax Museum, learned how to play this unusual instrument which finds its way into the band's music. "It was all new to learn to play the donkey jawbone and it's been a wonderful introduction jumping into this style," she says.

The David Wax museum consists of David Wax and Suz, and their music is broadly folk music, but specifically they call it Mexo-Americana. Singer David Wax spent a year-long fellowship in Mexico studying traditional Mexican music. From there, David began to write his own music using the song structures and rhythms of the region.

The result is a organic-sounding blend of folk, Americana and Mexican music with a number of different instruments from the donkey jawbone to violin, piano and the jarana, a Mexican instrument similar to a guitar.

The David Wax Museum will be performing at Tellus360 on Wednesday, April 16th. 

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