About

bangers_food-20130510-DSC_1851With bluesy roots, reggae rhythms, indie sensibilities, and a touch of Radiohead, Silver Mendez is a modern folk experience all it’s own. When lead singer/songwriter Leah Ray Mendez and bassist Mauricio lost everything in a Santa Barbara wildfire, the only possessions they truly mourned were their instruments. Nearly four years later, their music is filled with droning harmonium, celtic harp, plucked guitar, earthy bass, syncopated drums, and Leah’s ever-present soaring vocals, straight out the heart chakra. Joined by electronic specialist & percussionist Beau Silver, Silver Mendez sounds like a antique tapestry woven with the dusty and bright colors of the California coast. The product is an earthy mix between Gillian Welch and Robert Plant. It is equally bitter and sweet with rich natural imagery, uplifting nostalgia, and deep beauty, “a creative folk masterpiece.” -IAE Magazine, 2012

A lifelong musician and dancer, the trios lead singer and songwriter, Leah Ray Mendez has been writing and performing original music professionally since her studies of World Music and Dance at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was trained in traditional western music theory as well as folk traditions found in diverse regions such as Indonesia, West Africa, and India.  In addition to leading SIlver Mendez, Leah teaches music mau-1and dance at a public elementary school in Northern California.

Bassist and guitarist, Mauricio Mendez, spent his early life living in diverse parts of the world from Saudi Arabia to Holland, but mostly grew up in his native Colombia. Son to a renowned Joropo (Colombian folk) musician, Mauricio became the lead guitarist in two popular Colombian rock bands, and has been performing with Leah since 2005.  When not playing with Silver Mendez, Mauricio works as a freelance web developer/designer.
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Percussionist and electronic specialist, Beau Silver, graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Music Engineering with classical percussion as his principle instrument.  He then went on to Stanford University, earning a MA in Music, Science, and Technology.  In addition to playing with Silver Mendez, Beau currently works as a software engineer for the audio engineering company Euphonix (creator of Protools).

Currently, Silver Mendez is performing throughout California while self-producing their first album (to be released in 2014). Silver Mendez includes: Leah Ray Mendez (vocals/guitar/harmonium/harp), Mauricio Mendez (bass/mandolin), and Beau Silver (percussion/electronics).