Cory Cavazos

MUSICIAN, EDUCATOR, AND MENTAL HEALTH ACTIVIST

 

Vision:

To share music shaped by the wonderment of life through a journey of seeking purpose and discovering meaning.

To bring together a community of artists and advocates inspired to break down barriers created by stigma and welcome differing perspectives.

To empower people to express the many facets of reality and underlying truths that binds them to seek love and pursue joy.

 

 

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Cory Cavazos...

is an emerging artist with a unique vision to share music shaped by purpose and meaning. He plays cello, guitar, and bass guitar with a distinct sound that resonates with passion. He studied musical arts at California Institute of the Arts and cello performance at Cornish College of the Arts.

Cavazos employs thoughtful lyrics, complex rhythm, and talented musicianship to create an emotionally gripping musical statement. Advocating for mental health, he aims to bring together a community of artists and advocates inspired to break down barriers created by stigma.

Cavazos blends Latin rhythm, jazz modes, poetic verse, and challenging passages into a genre representative of his own story. His music has been a way of expressing thoughts and emotions he could not otherwise bring to words. He started playing cello at the age of nine. He then learned to play the guitar and bass guitar, watching YouTube videos and listening to his father, who has played guitar since he was little.

His father, Manuel, was a big influence on Cory. Manuel and him formed a duo, The Cavazos, giving Cory vibrant experience performing and improvising.

Cavazos focused his attention on cello performance at Cornish College of the Arts. During his time at Cornish, he formed a band called Shine, were he would explore the Seattle music scene, playing at the Crocodile and other staple venues. He recorded a demo with Shine and created his own cello album. He continues to play at local venues.

Cory currently plays cello and bass guitar for Saint John and the Revelations. The band regularly plays around Seattle and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He also plays cello for Seattle band Gypsy Temple.


The essence of Cavazos floats between identities and realities settling in places where love and true voice is welcome. Chicano birthed with a unique mind ravished with extreme emotion and vivid imagination, Cavazos finds solace in his first language, music.

He first picked up his father’s guitar, strumming open strings while singing gibberish. A cello would find itself in his hands, creating a bond that nothing could break. Awkward and different than his peers, family and music was where he could be himself.

Cavazos was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that has taken him on a journey of both oppression and wonderful discovery. Every note and word sung, strummed, or bowed, Cavazos uses his music to tell his story. Pushed down to the ground, kicked-out, denied jobs, and being forced to the edge of life, Cavazos persists to find his place and identity through music.

Shine

Cory works closely with Seattle musician Dylan Mines. Years ago, Cory and Dylan met at Cornish College of the Arts. Both enjoyed late nights outside of the college dorms overlooking the busy city. Silent company turned to deep conversations about life and music. It was in these moments, both knew a lasting friendship was being created.

With dreams to start a band, Cory would ask Dylan if he was interested in jamming.

Soon Shine was born and created its first album.  This haunting acoustic rock album employs thoughtful lyrics, complex rhythm, and talented musicianship to create an emotionally gripping musical statement.

Through the journey, Cory and Dylan have remained close friends and music partners. Gigging and attending open mics, Shine has kept the music alive with big goals in mind.