L.A. County Holiday Celebration Featured Performers
Cuñao speaks in a voice that feels the duality of cultures as the norm not the exception and that learns the way of the new but yearns to belong to the old.
Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based, Latin Folk group. They use their multi-ethnic background & influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. Cuñao puts a global twist on their Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.
The band started in the spring of 2014, as a pickup band for a birthday party. After a few rehearsals and learning a few cumbias they played their first show and immediately began work on their album “Sangre Y Arena,” which was released in October 2015. The lineup solidified their sound as a Latin Folk group with a global flair.
Cuñao regularly performs in festivals and community events in the Los Angeles and Southern California area such as Hollywood Forever Cemetery’s Dia De Los Muertos (2016 & 2017), San Pedro Dia De Los Muertos Festival and Lummis Day Festival in northern Los Angeles (2016) among many others. In May of 2015, they were commissioned to score a dance piece by Choreographer and Artistic Director of the Wooden Floor Academy, Melanie Rios Glaser. They composed music for her piece “Playground and Playground II” (2016) and performed live at The Irvine Barclay Theater at UC Irvine. The band has been featured in media outlets such as L.A. Times, Univision, NPR Alt.Latino, Sounds-and Colours-Magazine, and others. More recently, the band was commissioned by Santa Ana Sites to work on “Cancion Del Inmigrante”, a multi-media Folk-Opera to be performed at The Bowers Museum in May 2018. In February 2018, they performed as a showcase artist at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO. They also collaborated with Dominican artist Alih Jey on her new album “Soy De Peña” in May 2019, which features song written by Alih’s father, Anibal de Peña, a musical icon in the Dominican Republic. Together with Alih, Cuñao played the Official BMI Showcase at SXSW in 2019 in support of the new album. In November 2018 they released a fun Holiday EP titled “Invierno Tropical” featuring not so well know Christmas songs in Spanish and German, as well as a Hanukkah song. They released their second full length album Rayuela on April 10, 2020.