High Grass is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles that was created in Havana in 2012 by a Cuban guitarist Marciel Miranda and a Russian vocalist Kristina Miranda. They form the current line up of the band together with the drummer Adam Ponce.
The story begins in 2009 with Kristina’s arrival in Cuba in order to record her solo album. She and Marciel met inside a recording studio, where they were united by their shared love of music. In 2010, Kristina moved from Moscow to Havana, where in the course of several years they worked on their songs. in 2013, bass player Daryl Vaillant and drummer Marlon Yamian were recruited as the band’s musicians, making High Grass a four-member band and made vital contributions to the project.
In 2014, Kristina and Marciel wrote a song called “90 Miles” that was mixed by the American multi-grammy winning producer Jacquire King. This collaboration played a huge role for the project. Fast forward to 2015 — the band started to perform on the Cuban scene, which managed to attract media attention. At the end of 2015, High Grass was nominated at the Award show “Cuerda Viva” for “The Best Rock Band of Cuba” and the couple realized that it is a right time to try their music overseas.
In 2016, Kristina and Marciel took a decision starting a new journey in the US. After traveling and visiting several states and American cities, they moved to Los Angeles. The young couple had the opportunity to attract the attention of such talented artists, as Christian Paschall (Maren Morris’s drummer), and Matt Bissonette (Elton John’s bass player). Several of the tracks recorded by High Grass feature these accomplished musicians on bass and drums.
2017 – 2018 marked a new chapter for the project. Kristina and Marciel met with amazing musicians who joined their band. They are Cuban bassist Jordan Carralero and American drummer Adam Ponce, who has played with such well-known artists as Tory Kelly, Hayley Williams, and Christina Aguilera.
In 2018, High Grass started to perform around LA. Their first show took place at the Last Frame of Sand movie fundraiser where they opened for Stanley Clarke. Since then the band hasn’t stopped exploring the city’s musical scene performing at local festivals and at such venues as The Viper Room, Cabo Wabo Cantina, Rainbow Bar and many more.