Kaveh Rastegar plays bass and writes music. Born in Montreal, Canada he and his family moved to Denver, Colorado when he was two. A self taught bassist, Kaveh’s musical education started in Denver amid the vibrant music scene that he and his friends were a part of during high school. Eventually Kaveh attended the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York graduating in 2000. After Eastman, Kaveh settled in LA where has been a part of the rich and diverse music scene. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Kaveh was recognized on the short-list among electric bassists in theDownbeat Magazine Readers Poll.
As a writer Kaveh has co-written songs with Bruno Mars, Kimbra, Cee Lo Green, Kimbra, De La Soul and Meshell Ndegeocello among others. He has also written a number of songs for his upcoming solo release.
Kaveh is a founding member of the Grammy nominated quintet Kneebody. Kneebody released their debut album in 2005 titled Kneebody on trumpeter Dave Douglas’s label Greenleaf Music. In 2007, Kneebody released Low Electrical Worker on Colortone Media. They completed an album of arrangements of Charles Ives compositions with singer Theo Bleckmann and released the recording 12 Songs of Charles Ives which was nominated “Best Classical Crossover Album” Grammy Award (2009, Winter and Winter).
Kneebody’s debut recording as Concord Records recording artists, titled The Line, is set for release in September 2013. Kaveh’s artwork is often featured on Kneebody albums, posters, flyers, and t-shirts.
Kaveh is also the bassist for Italian superstar Luciano Ligabue. He is also a member of the Seattle based power trio THRUSTER! featuring Timothy Young and Matt Chamberlain and a founding member of 70-piece hip-hop orchestra Dakah.
Kaveh has recorded and played with artists including Bruno Mars, Cee Lo Green, Kimbra, De La Soul, Colin Hay, Laura Pausini, The Ditty Bops, Jesca Hoop, Matt Chamberlain, Cinematic Orchestra, Larry Goldings, Nels Cline, Anthony Wilson, Busdriver, Antibalas Afro Beat Orchestra, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz and others.
Kaveh lives in Highland Park California with his lovely wife Angela and daughters Emilia and Elena. Kaveh Rastegar is endorsed by Aguilar Amplification.