High Grass is an alternative rock band in Los Angeles, created in Havana in 2012 by Cuban guitarist / Grammy-nominated engineer Marciel Miranda and Russian vocalist Kristina Miranda. Together they formed the current lineup of the band along with American drummer Adam Ponce.
The story began in 2009 with Kristina’s arrival in Cuba to record her solo album. She and Marciel met inside the recording studio, where they fell in love and started writing music together. In 2010, Kristina moved from Moscow to Havana, and in the course of several years they worked on their songs. In 2013, bass player Daryl Vaillant and drummer Marlon Yamian joined the band, and together they started recording songs and performing on the Cuban scene as a four-piece band.
In 2014, Kristina and Marciel wrote a song called “90 Miles” that was later mixed by the American multi-grammy award winning producer Jacquire King. At the end of 2015, High Grass started to attract media attention and was nominated at the Award TV show “Cuerda Viva” for “Best Rock Band of Cuba”.
In 2016, Kristina and Marciel made the decision to take their music overseas. After traveling and visiting several American states and cities, they settled in Los Angeles. Soon after, the young couple attracted 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 marked a new chapter for the project. Kristina and Marciel met drummer Adam Ponce and started to perform in and around LA. Since then, the band hasn’t stopped exploring the city’s musical scene, performing at such venues as The Viper Room, Rainbow Bar, Cabo Wabo Cantina and many more. Their first show took place at the Last Frame of Sand movie fundraiser where they opened for Stanley Clarke. High Grass played at local festivals such as Echo Park Rising and became one of the headliners for the Mar Vista Art Walk Festival. In September of 2019 High Grass participated in the We Can Survive 2019 Opening Act Competition and was placed 2nd in the alt-rock category.
On May 1st of 2020, High Grass released their debut EP "The Black Door", which contains 5 songs, written and recorded by the band back in Cuba.