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by Schizowave

Schizowave sounds like Bjork having sex with Tom Waits in the back of an old smoky piano bar.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Living Her Dream
3:03 $0.99
2. I Miss You
2:07 $0.99
3. Spiders
3:15 $0.99
4. I Miss You (acoustic)
2:28 $0.99
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Lena Potapova who formed Schizowave in early 2004, is a crazy screaming freak who you would either love or hate. Or may be both.

She expresses herself loud. She has traveled around Asia all by herself with next to nothing in her pockets. She has managed Makye Ame Restaurant in Tibet. She has spent a month in an American jail as a suspected Russian spy. She has opened an gallery /performance space in Chicago to help other local artists. She has been called a hippie, a punk, an idealistic idiot and a cynical bitch. She believes in passion, and if you can't take the heat, don't listen to her music.

Schizowave can surprise any audience with the wide range of their musical abilities. They play anything from a moody blend of trip hop and jazz to mainstream rock to heavy metal, and yet their sound has so much individuality that it can not be confused with anybody else.

Lena's dark music and unusual low vocals have been compared to Bjork, Diamanda Galas and "female Tom Waits". However, one of the funniest definitions of her singing was given by a Chicago hard core lover who said "You sound like Norah Jones on crack" (no, he was not trying to be sweet).

Lena is a classically trained piano player who was born in Moscow, Russia. At the age of nine she had her first public performance at Saratov Conservatory and Symphony Center. At the age of thirteen she performed her own musical composition at Moscow Conservatory. Lena has played at known venues both in Europe and in the US. She has been featured on various commercial and college radio stations, as well as TV programs, on both continents.

Currently she is in the final stages of casting for a theatricalized musical performance based on her compositions.



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Kevin Gobel

Kevin has said, "All things have an obligation to be what they are; this is the hardest truth." I'm thankful that Schizowave is true to that obligation. They understand Jazz, and that means to understand the Cosmos, the universe, existence- even in it's most primal form, however tender or savage. I could hear the influence of Kurt Weill even before I read that he was a primary influence. Also, Lena is easy on the eyes, however hard on the heart, beautiful and savage soul of Schizowave. I only hope I get to attend a performance one day.