Cuñao stopped by the WorldArts Stage for an exclusive Periscope session!
Cuñao is a Los Angeles-based, Latin Folk group. They use their South American background & influences to create evocative, poetic songs that transcend time and leave listeners with lush images. A group of multi-ethnic musicians, Cuñao puts a global twist on their Latin sound by exploring African rhythms, Eastern European melodies and American Rock aesthetics.
The band started as a recording collaboration by founder Julio Montero in New York City in the summer of 2010. Having recorded a few songs under their belt, Julio moved to L.A. and finished their first album. The end result was the self-released debut Trabajo Y Ron in March 2011. The album is a fusion of electronic beats and synthesized sounds infused with the spirit of ethnic folk music. Moving forward with a rotating roster of friend musicians, and a much more acoustic folk sound, Cuñao put out a 5 song EP titled Los Testigos, a collection of nostalgic folk songs inspired by Latin American music of the 1960’s & 70′s, released on April 24th, 2013.
Cuñao spent a big part 2015 playing to new audiences throughout the Southern California region. They were awarded the 2015 Artist Showcase Spotlight by California Presenters and were featured in the marketing efforts for the 2015 California Presenters Annual Conference. They were also selected by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission as part of their Music Roster, which features artist that represent Los Angeles in many of the LA County Arts’ sponsored events in the county.
Cuñao has performed in local Los Angeles venues such as Tia Chucha’s Cultural Center, The Last Bookstore, Witz End, Rockwell Table & stage, La Cita Bar, M-Bar Boyle Heights, Lillian Theater, The Good Hurt, The Talking Stick and more. In Spring of 2015, they performed as part of the Lummis Day Festival in northern Los Angeles. 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 performed live at The Irvine Barclay Theater at UC Irvine. Cuñao has also performed in New York City and in the summer of 2014, Cuñao was featured as part of NUEVOFEST in Philadelphia. They have been featured in Sound & Colours Magazine and in early 2015 their video was a featured contestant at NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest as well as NPR Alt.Latino. Watch them perform live on the WorldArts Stage below!
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