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Started 15 years ago in Los Angeles by founding members singer/guitarist Carl King and bassist Lawrence Mendheim, Cyrano was initially a studio project put together to showcase songs that Carl had written over the years but had never recorded. They wanted to move away from the R&B and hip-hop tracks they had been producing and get back to their roots; playing instruments instead of programming computers. Over the years the band evolved, adding background vocalist Kody J. and guitarist Stan Ausmus in 1997 and drummer Jim Xavier in 2001. But Carl & Larry's initial music vision never wavered.
Mixing their varied musical influences and backgrounds (everything from soul to rock, jazz to classical), they've created a new style of music that appeals to many, regardless of age, race or class. They've performed at venues like the Cancun Jazz Festival opening for J.T. Taylor of Kool & The Gang, the Manhattan Transfer, and at the Staples Center opening for Chris Isaak. They've donated their time and songs, playing at L.A. AIDS Walk two years in a row. Their upbeat music with a message has landed them on almost every stage that Los Angeles has to offer: The Viper Room, The Roxy, The Mint, The Gig, the former Luna Park and many other well known L.A. music haunts.