The story of Cordelia & the Buffalo begins with Cordelia, a Mexican/American musician, singer, songwriter, and producer who draws inspiration from the Mexican Indian and Native American cultures. In 2011, she set out to find the perfect combination of musicians to give life to a fresh sound. Singing and playing keyboards and synthesizers, she became the founder of a band with Berklee College of Music students Yusuke Sato (guitar), Dag Hanken (synthesizers/percussion), Rodrigo Gramitto (guitar), Diego Diaz (drums), and Daniel McCallum (bass). The band’s vibrant sound developed from a fusion of explosive beats, exotic instruments, powerful lyrics and soothing melodies, incorporating influences from band members hailing from Alaska, Japan, Mexico, Norway, and Venezuela. Together, these members forged the soul of an indie rock/electronic sound and the Buffalo was born.
Formed in February 2013 and driven by a shared passion to create music with purpose, The Western Den is the collaborative work of Deni Hlavinka and Chris West, who together blend compelling folk harmonies with ambient textures to produce a sound all their own. The duo released their debut EP, Battle Hymns, in May 2013 and premiered themselves to the public, opening for Melissa Ferrick on the northeastern leg of her national tour, in the summer of the same year. The Western Den is currently based in Boston, performing, and working on a full-length album.
Mike Caprarola is a Boston-based musician from New Jersey. He combines raw and emotional storytelling with pop-punk and folk influences. Backed by drummer Taylor Palusky and bassist Avery Miller (The Hazmats), he hopes to help his audience get a little more in touch with its feelings while also having a good time rockin’ out.