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In 2006, Claudia Gonzalez re-emerged as CAVA: a project that continues the evolution of Latin music in Los Angeles. Her Voice communicates a strong-willed feminine energy that is both simultaneously sultry and maternal.
The ensemble features Walter Miranda on Piano, electric-Keyboards & Bass. Walter is a wildly talented musician most known for his eclectic arrangements in the long remembered ska group from the 90's, Yeska (a group he co-founded). Through out his carreer he's been featured by groups such as; The Beastie Boys, Money Mark, Sublime, and Mexico's Plastilina Mosh. On Drums; Adam Topol presents himslef on a hybrid configuration of Timbales & traditional American Rock Kit. Adam is mostly known for his colaborations with Jack Johnson and can be seen & heard on all of his Videos & Recordings.
Claudia, now performing under her artistic name "Cava", is featured on Cajon, Jarana, and Japanese Taiko. Her carreer began when at the age of 8, she took the stage accompanied by a Mariachi on a night of artistic showcase presented at the historic Million Dollar Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Among the talent, were some of Mexico’s finest performers of the time. She has opened for such artists like; Lila Downs, Charanga Cakewalk, Ozomatli, English Beat, Jackson Brown & Los Lobos to name a few. Cava has made numerous T.V and Film appearances, the most popular being Along Came Poly where she collaborated with musical friend Money Mark to co-write and perform in the infamous "Salsa" scene with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
With Cava at the helm leading on percussion and Lead vocals the group creates a combination of sounds unique to a Mexican-American upbringing, musically influenced by Celia Cruz, Billie Holiday, Stevie Wonder and Santana & Skatallites. The young musicians together seemlesly blend traditional Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa & Funk!
She has independently released two albums titled CAVA & A Naughty Dread introducing the new configuration of Latin powered Jazz tinged with Peruvian soul.
Only a few years into the project and the reviews tell it like it is. L.A. Times Calendar Music Review…
“ ‘But then came CAVA, a bawdy, boisterous and blistering singer-songwriter….‘Cava takes the stage like a gang claims it’s home turf.’…. ‘It’s a shot in the arm for East L.A.’s moribund music scene.’ ”
Music available on www.cdbaby.com/cd/cava