In 2006, Claudia Gonzalez re-emerged as CAVA, a truer version of herself or an alter-ego some would say. Now performing under her artistic name, she is featured on Cajon, Jarana, and Japanese Taiko.
Her career began at the age of 8, when 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 that era. She has since toured with artists such as; Lila Downs, Charanga Cakewalk, Ozomatli, English Beat, Jackson Brown & Los Lobos to name a few. In 2009 she was part of the Latin Divas Concert Series in New Mexico. CAVA has also made numerous T.V and Film appearances, the most popular being Along Came Poly where she collaborated with fellow musician and friend Money Mark to co-write and perform in the infamous "Salsa" scene with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
CAVA continues the evolution of Latin music in Los Angeles. Her voice communicates a strong-willed feminine energy that is both simultaneously sultry and maternal. 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 group creates a seamless blend of traditional Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa & Funk! At CAVA’s side you’ll always find 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! Through out his career he's been featured by groups such as; The Beastie Boys, Money Mark, Sublime, and Mexico's Plastilina Mosh. Together they have independently released several albums titled Domingosiete, CAVA & A Naughty Dread introducing the new configuration of Latin powered Jazz tinged with Peruvian soul.
CAVA is always looking to expand her musical and artistic options often lending her voice to important projects like Entre Mujeres, a trans-local music composition project between Chicanas/Latinas in the US and Jarochas/Mexican female musicians in Mexico. In 2012 she took her talents to the theater sharing the stage with Louie Perez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, in interpreting their life’s song book in an original multi-media play, Evangeline the Queen of Make Believe and in 2014 CAVA collaborated with solo artist/performer Karen Antoazegui in her one-woman show Ser! to create a unique experience of story telling through music, song and word.
CAVA’s biggest and most satisfying accomplishment remains constant though out her career. She is the mother of a ‘beautiful and amazingly talented’ young women named Mia Xitlai who is the subject and always inspiration for many of her songs. You can track Mia’s growth in each of CAVA’s albums sounding older and more like her mother with each recording.
LA Times Calendar Music Review…
“ ‘But then came CAVA, a bawdy, boisterous and blistering singer-songwriter…,‘Cava takes the stage like a gang claims its home turf.' ‘It’s a shot in the arm for East L.A.’s moribund music scene.’ ”