Release: August 16, 2019 




Release: New album coming 2020 



Invierno Tropical (2018)

Sangre Y arena (2015)

Llano, Llanero, Lloron (2013)

Los Testigos (2013)


Julio Montero – (646) 573-3142

Tom Moose – (323) 206-0384


SHORT BIO: 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.

Full Bio: 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 pick up band for a birthday party. After a few rehearsal and learning a few cumbias they played their first show. They 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 both 2016 & 2017, San Pedro Dia De Los Muertos Festival, 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 2018 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, MO. They also collaborated with Dominican artist Alih Jey on her new album “Soy De Peña” to be released in May 2019. The album is a collaboration between Alih Jey and Cuñao and 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. Summer of 2019 they released a tropical cover version of Barbra Streisand’s Woman in Love, as part of Universal Music Group’s celebration of Gibbs Brothers & BeeGees Catalog. For their contribution, they translated and made a tropical version of the Streisand classic, whom the Gibbs Brother penned. The group continues to finalize their next full length album to be released early 2020.


  • Severin Behnen – Vocals, Accordion, Keyboards
  • Josel Cruz – Vocals, Bass
  • Julio Montero – Vocals, Guitar
  • Tom Moose – Vocals, Violin, Mandolin, Guitar
  • Gabriel Ramirez – Vocals, Violin, Percussion
  • Craig Shields – Vocals, Cajon, Percussion, Xylophones



For a complimentary PRESS download of any Cuñao music, please contact Julio Montero at

Awards & Highlights

2019 SXSW BMI Latin Showcase with Alih Jey
2018 Folk Alliance International Conference Official Showcase
2017 Los Angeles Performance Practice D & R Residency
2016 Rusty’s Surf Ranch Emerging Artist Competition – Runner’s Up
2015 California Presenters’ Artist Spotlight
2015 Music Connection Magazine Top 100 Unsigned Bands
2013 LA Music Critics Awards – Best International Release – Llano, Llanero, Lloron

Venues & Local Events

San Pedro Día De Los Muertos
Hollywood Forever Dia De Los Muertos
Broke LA Music Festival
Celebrating Words Festival
Firecracker Festival

Downtown Disney
Hollywood Forever Cemetary
Korean Cultural Center of L.A.
SOKA Performing Arts Center
UCLA Glorya Kaufman Hall
The Last Bookstore
Tia Chuchaʼs Bookstore
Irvine Barclay Theater
18th Street Arts Center
Los Globos
Eastside Luv



2018-19 Folk Alliance International
2015-20 L.A. County Arts Commission Musician Roster
2014-15 NACA – National Association for Campus Activities