I saw Cuñao at a local club in LA last week. I had a night off and wandered in, not looking for anybody on stage in particular, but knowing that the Witzend always had great bands so I would not be disappointed. I wasn't. I could tell these guys wre very good as they were setting up and dong a sound check. A canjon, which I am learning to play, was a good sign, followed by an array of guitars, fiddles, drums and other instruments told me they were multi-instrumentl, multi-talented and - as I coaul dsee - multi-ethnic, always a good sign.
The band started as a recording collaboration between Hugo Muñoz and Julio Montero in New York City in the summer of 2010. Lucky for me Julio moved to L.A. in March 2011 to finish the album, their debut release“Trabajo Y Ron”. The album is a fusion of electronic beats and synthesized sounds infused with ethnic folk music. They followed that in 2013 with a 5 song EP titled “Los Testigos,” a collection of nostalgic folk songs inspired by Latin American music of the 1960’s & 70′. That same year they also released a collaboration with Beat Chamber Records of the Cumbia EP “Llano, Llanero, Lloron.” The EP won The Examiner Magazine’s 2013 L.A. Music Critics Award for Best International Release. The song “Periquito” was also featured on an episode of The El Rey Network’s “From Dusk ‘Till Dawn: The Series.”
Cuñao performs in LA and tours nationally and I am delighted to have themon Music Friday Live! this Friday.