Lisa Forkish


Debut release "Vast is the Sky" available on iTunes!

CAVALISA is a bossa nova and standards duo comprised of Cava Menzies (Piano, Vocals) and Lisa Forkish (Lead Vocals).  The music created by CAVALISA is infused with lilting vocal harmonies, lush chordal textures, lyrical piano melodies, and a rich palette of percussion and drums.  Both in song choice and arrangements, CAVALISA draws on the romance and beauty of bossa nova infused jazz and classic standards.

Cava Menzies, daughter of renowned Jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson, is a Bay Area native and graduate of the Berklee College of Music (BA) and the University of Miami (MM).  She is a classically trained jazz pianist with over twenty years of formal study. Cava is a founding faculty member and chair of the Vocal Department at the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA), a performing arts school located in downtown Oakland, CA.

Lisa Forkish is an award-winning songstress, composer and arranger, originally from Eugene, OR. She is a recipient of Portland's "Songwriter of the Year" award and a graduate of Berklee College of Music.  Lisa is a faculty member in the Vocal Department at Oakland School for the Arts where she is founder/director of their award-winning a cappella group Vocal Rush, recently seen on NBC's "The Sing-Off" where they took third place.

It was through Lisa and Cava's work at OSA that they began their collaboration as CAVALISA.