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 Cajon, 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, Santana & The Skatallites. The group creates a seamless blend of traditional Afro-Cuban Son, Cumbia, Ska, Salsa, R&B Soul & Funk!
Born and raised in Los Angeles to immigrant parents, Claudia Gonzalez began her career at the age of 6, headlining with Mexico’s top legendary artists at the historic Million Dollar Theater in Downtown Los Angeles. She sang alongside her siblings accompanied by a full Mariachi. She participated in Mariachi festivals up and down the coast of California until the age of 8. At 10 years old, Claudia was cast in a sitcom produced by Norman Lear, on ABC, called A.K.A Pablo starring Paul Rodriguez. She continued working in Film and television through out her childhood all the while honing her musical and theatrical skills, thanks to the art programs available through the public school system at the time. She studied dance at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and received a scholarship to attend the Alvin Ailey School of Dance in NY. In 1994 she regrouped with her siblings to tour the US in a new musical endeavor that featured their latin influence as part of the “Latin Explosion”. Since then, Claudia co-founded the group “Domingosiete” who gained notoriety in Los Angeles as one of the top groups to hear. The group recorded and released one album, “Domingosiete” which included a selection of 1950’s Son Boleros. She also collaborated in writing, and was featured, with Money Mark (from the Beastie Boys), in the motion picture “Along Came Polly” in the hilarious Salsa club scene where she appeared as the salsa singer. Claudia continued working and touring as a background singer with various artists including Money Mark, Lila Downs, Charanga Cakewalk and Jose Manuel Figueroa for several years.
In 2006, Claudia Gonzalez re-emerged as CAVA, a true version of herself. Now performing under the artistic name, she is featured on Cajon, Jarana, Japanese Taiko, Lead Vocals and percussion. With the help of her talented bandmates or “Boyfriends” as she calls them, she has released two independent albums titled CAVA & A Naughty Dread, introducing the new configuration of Latin powered Jazz tinged with Peruvian soul and R&B. CAVA has opened up for Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Jackson Brown and has headlined music festivals all across the US. Her songs have been featured in films, as well as TV and commercials. In 2012 she took her talents to the theater sharing the stage with Louie Perez and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, 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 is dedicated to lending her voice and talents to projects that move her in hopes of inspiring the community around her.
CAVA’s biggest and most satisfying accomplishment remains constant through out her career. She is the mother of two 'beautiful and amazingly talented’ young girls, Mia Xitlai and Emabelia who are the subject and always the 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. Emabelia’s debut will be featured in the upcoming projects due to release late 2018!
Walter Miranda; (Piano, electric-Keyboards & Bass) Walter is a wildly talented musician most recognized in co-founding and creating eclectic arrangements in the, still popular, 90’s Latin ska group, Yeska! The group successfully attained a residency, at Johnny Depp’s request, at the infamous club The Viper Room. Yeska opened for world class groups such as; The Skatellites, Tito Puente & No Doubt. Yeska’s popular song Fideo (co-written by Walter) was also used in HBO’s Latino Comedy hour hosted by Cheech Marin. Between 1999 and 2004 he toured the world as a Keyboardist, Bass Player, Drummer and Guitarist with groups such as; Beastie Boys, Plastilina Mosh, Money Mark, Sublime, & Ozomatli.
Walter has played legendary stages all around the world such as; Montreaux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), Pori Jazz Festival (Finland), Cancun Jazz Festival (Mexico), Splendor in the Grass (Australia) to name a few. Walter’s work can also be found in film and television such as Along Came Polly, Pluto Nash, Lola’s Love Shack and Love. As Cava’s right-hand-man, Walter has collaborated and produced both CAVA records
Shaunte Palmer; (Trombone) While you might not recognize the name, you would instantly identify with the artistry of Shaunte Palmer. He has worked with Kanye West, Rihanna, Drake, Macy Gray, DJ Quik, Ty Dolla Sign, Lenny Kravitz, Bonnie Raitt, Sublime, Chali 2na, Wiz Khalifa, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lady Gaga, Rza of Wutang, Iggy Pop, Carrie Fisher, Shoshanna Bean and Raphael Saadiq. Since 2015, Shaunte has been teaching with Harmony Project showing the youth of his hometown of Los Angeles how to reach their musical aspirations. As a multi-instrumentalist, He's always looking for ways to inspire and experiment with music. He encourages everyone he meets to try something new musically everyday. Presently, he plans to make a release under his own name that will be a representation of his diverse love of music using elements that he has encountered in this two decade long professional career spanning the globe.