Glass Wave band photo
Four members of Glass Wave are literary scholars. The lyrics from their first album derive from great books of Western literature, whose stories are recast in the genre of cerebral rock. By translating old stories into new forms, Glass Wave seeks to preserve and revitalize the source texts that inspire the music.
Robert Pogue Harrison

When he is not playing lead guitar for Glass Wave, Robert Pogue Harrison (lead guitar) teaches literature at Stanford University. Like his brother Thomas, he was born on the western coast of Asia Minor, migrated to Italy, then eventually found his way to graduate school at Cornell, in Ithaca, New York, before continuing his journey westward to Hesperia, otherwise known as California. This westward trek, called translatio imperii by the Romans, continues to this day, as Glass Wave seeks to transport the fallen household gods of literature to the terra nova of rock music.

Dan Edelstein

Dan Edelstein (guitar, keyboards, backup vocals) spends most of his time conversing with dead people and students, often at the same time. His musical odyssey began in Ithaca, New York, where he started playing the piano, and it took him to the island of Geneva, in Switzerland, where he picked up the guitar. He was in a band called Google Plex before there was Google, and he suspects that he lived in California before he moved there in 2003. Although he feels he has found his true home in the Bay Area, where he joined the Stanford faculty in 2003, he still harbors a nostalgia for some nameless place heard only in the late Beethoven piano sonatas.

Christy Wampole

Before her hair turned to glass in the waves off the California coast, Christy Wampole (vocals) came from a Texas town whose road sign reads: “Where the West begins.” This explains the groaning desolation one occasionally hears in her voice, which still sounds the notes of that yearning for water which afflicts parched and empty lands. She moved from Texas to France - its smaller sister Republic - where she cultivated an interest in cabaret and chanson, and later performed music from both traditions in restaurants and nightclubs in Dallas and the Bay Area. She is completing her Ph.D at Stanford University with a dissertation on late 20th-century French and Italian essayistic fiction.

Thomas Harrison

If Homer was indeed a real person, he most likely came from the place where Thomas Harrison (bass) was born and grew up: Smyrna, now known as Izmir, on the Aegean coast of Turkey. By age eleven Thomas moved with his family to Rome, Italy, where he played bass guitar in the progressive rock band The Sleepy Hollow. From Rome he made his way to New York City, where he earned a Ph.D in comparative literature. He now lives in the land of Frank Zappa, not quite in Laurel Canyon but very close to it, and teaches at UCLA.

Colin Camarillo Colin Camarillo (drums), who turned twenty-one during the recording of “Glass Wave,” is the only band member who is a Bay Area native. His drums are the ballast that keeps the music upright and on course as it navigates the swells of the continental oceans in which the band undertakes its mission to seek out old life and old civilizations, and make them come alive again.

Jay Kadis

Jay Kadis (sound engineer, producer) was born in Oakland, California. He has played guitar since high school, initially with Misanthropes, a popular bay area band of the late 1960s, whose highlights included playing the Fillmore Auditorium and opening for Muddy Waters. Jay has written and performed original rock music with several bands, including Urban Renewal and Offbeats. He has built home studios, recorded and produced dozens of albums including many on Dexter Records, which he started to help promote the projects he produced. Jay is interested in all aspects of music and recording technology, working on projects from early music to rock as recording engineer, producer, editor, and musician. He has taught audio recording classes at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University since 1991 and has enjoyed working as CCRMA's audio engineer with some of the best electronic music performers and composers in live concert productions and recording.