The Electrocarpathians

Teresa Mross: Violin | Francesca Savage: Violin | Jeff Pekarek: Bouzouki, Guitar (acoustic), Guitar (electric) | Beatriz Basile: Bass guitar | Mark Danisovszky: Accordion | John Martin III: Drums | David Page: Drums

Genre: Acoustic, Rock, World

Sound description: The group blends Eastern European folk music with genuine Gypsy and libidinous Latin sounds.

RIYL: Gipsy Kings, Frankie Valli, Dance Floor Prophets, the Dragons, Myron Floren, Frankie Yankovic, Wierd Al Yankovic, Three Mustafas Three, Brave Combo

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Inception: San Diego, 1988

Ex-Band Members: Mitchell Kaye, Bass guitar

Influences: Three Mustafas Three, Brave Combo, Boiled in Lead, Steeleye Span, Weird Al Yankovic


Based in Encanto, the Electrocarpathians formed in 1988 to further the fusion of East European styles such as klezmer, polka, and czardas with classic rock and Latin music. They appeared regularly at the Better Worlde Galeria until that venue closed in 1995. Their first album, Umpires of Straw, released in 2001 by Global Village Music, was subtitled Slavic Music Collected in the Midwest Performed by California Surfer Gypsy Punk Rockers. Their second release, Fighting for Harmony (2008), was fueled by a continuing search for Byzantine roots in dance music originating in South California and Tijuana.

The Electrocarpathians call themselves an “East European folk rock fusion band.” Bassist Mitchell Kaye is an astrology enthusiast who also plays with the R&B group Meteor.


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