Brasil Summerfest 2017 @ Central Park SummerStage

Last Saturday I had the pleasure to attend Brasil Summerfest, a festival that celebrates Brazilian music in NYC. This year's performances featured Liniker e os Caramelows and Elza Soares. Here are some of my favorite shots I took there, while on assignment for Leblon.

A few words with Katie Buchanan

I've recently photographed singer song-writer Katie Buchanan on her show in NYC at Mercury Lounge, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Mercury Lounge, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Mercury Lounge, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Katie Buchanan: Notting Hill. That was the first non-musical movie where the music stuck with me more than the film.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
KB: Otis Redding.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
KB: Searching for the perfect almond cortado. Harder than it sounds. The Australians are getting close though (Bluestone Lane, Blackfox, Voyager, all in the running).

How would you describe your music in just one word?
KB: Layered.

(encore) Where can we listen to your music online? 
- Website: www.katiebuchanan.com
- Spotify: http://spoti.fi/2s2kwFU
- iTunes: http://apple.co/2ra5Pwz 
- Physical: http://katiebuchanan.com/standwithme

A few words with Bianca Muñiz

I've recently photographed the Amazing singer song-writer Bianca Muñiz on her show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Bianca Muñiz: Hmmm, I absolutely love "The Life of Pi". Especially the scene where the water is glowing at night and the moon is out and shining bright and there are jelly fish everywhere. It's so magical, that movie is incredible. I would be honored to write a song for that movie.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
BM: I'd have to say Ella Fitzgerald!

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
BM: If it's nice out, I love exploring Central Park or the Botanical Gardens. If not, going to the gym and then lying in bed watching Netflix.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
BM: Hypnotic.

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
- Website: www.biancamuniz.com
- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5gguUFXsf8vDBX2xuoKCp2
- iTunes: https://itun.es/us/eS0Wdb
- Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/bianca-curly-muniz/florasia-taylor-mcferrin-cover

A few words with 45 Riots

I've recently photographed the collective-band 45 Riots on their show in NYC at The Bitter End, and took the opportunity to chat with them about a few other things:

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Adam Mason: If I had a real knowledge of orchestral composition and arranging as well as film scoring I would have liked to have written for the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I was a huge fan of the novels from my early childhood and loved seeing them come to life onscreen when they first came out in installments. I also loved the animated version from the 1970's which was very creative and moody.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
AM: I am still mad at my parents for not letting me see Motley Crue in 1989 or 1990 in their prime when my friends all went. I did finally see them recently on their farewell tour, decades later. But truly, I would have loved to have seen John Coltrane with Elvin Jones or Miles Davis with Herbie, Ron, Tony, and Wayne. I think that would have been life-changing. I would love to have experienced James Brown, Prince, Earth, Wind, and Fire, or Stevie Wonder live in concert, too, all when they were in their prime and at their respective apexes.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
AM: My favorite thing to do on a day off is skydive! I am looking forward to hitting my 500th jump this month and many more to come. In the winter I snowboard and I try to generally travel internationally as much as possible. I love the outdoors and adventure-based outdoor activities - white-water rafting, canyoning, rappelling, and rock climbing, hiking, camping, etc.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
AM: Diverse.

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
AM: Our website www.45riots.com is the best platform to stay connected and learn more about our team. We have several creative original music projects about to launch and all will eventually be featured on our website, besides the cover music performance media already showcased.

A few words with Paracutá

Paracutá is an Alternative Rock band from New York City and Lima, Peru.

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at The Bitter End, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Sean VinciThe obvious answer is something like High Fidelity or Almost Famous but a movie like Footloose or Top Gun would be a lot of fun. How often do you get to be on the same sound track as Kenny Loggins?

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
SV: It's hard to pick just one! Seeing any of the bands that were performing in New York City in the mid 1970's would be amazing: Iggy Pop, Blondie, The Ramones, Television, etc.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
SV: Go to Astoria Park with a good book.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
SV: Melodic.

(encore)

Where can people listen to your music online? 
- Spotify: http://smarturl.it/Paracuta-SP
- Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/Paracuta-AM
- iTunes: http://smarturl.it/Paracuta-IT
- Bandcamp: http://paracuta.bandcamp.com
- Shortlink: http://smarturl.it/Paracuta

A few words with Elsie and The Vibe

I've recently photographed Elsie and The Vibe on her show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with her about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Elsie:
 It'd be so great to be involved in any Disney movie - I've always loved their music!!

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
Elsie: Etta James.

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
Elsie: Relax! The city moves at a very fast pace, so if I'm not working I use the time to rejuvenate - then play some more music with friends or go to see a gig!

How would you describe your music in just one word?
Elsie: Passionate.

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
Elsie: You can find my music on Spotify, Soundcloud and pretty much all the other places you find music these days! You can also stay up to date with any shows and new releases on my Facebook or Instagram

A few words with Occurrence

Occurrence is the electronic music project of playwright Ken Urban and vocalists Cat Hollyer and Johnny Hager.

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Ken Urban: Blue Velvet. I think that movie influenced so much of what I understood about sound and visuals.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
KU: It's weird that so many bands I love are now touring again. Maybe Public Image Ltd during the Flowers of Romance period. 

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
KU: Not leave my apartment.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
KU: Iced.

(encore)

Where can people listen to your music online? 
KU: occurrencemusic.com and http://thepastwilllastforever.com/

 

A few words with Stephanie McKay

Stephanie McKay is a singer, songwriter and musician, born and raised in New York City. 

(live at Joe's Pub, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Joe's Pub, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Stephanie McKay: "The Wiz" because of the great artists in the film. How great would it have been to write a song for Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. Also because of the message in the film to believe in yourself.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
SM: Marvin Gaye or Sam Cooke 

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
SM: Library or bookstore.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
SM: Reflective.

(encore)

Where can people listen to your music online? 
SM: www.stephaniemckay.com

A few words with Mars Motel

I've recently photographed Brooklyn-based indie rock band Mars Motel on their show in NYC at Pianos, and took the opportunity to chat with them about a few other things:

(live at Pianos, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Pianos, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Sarik Kumar: Into The Wild - There's something about the sublime power of nature that has always intrigued me. I would have loved to immerse myself in an environment that could inspire that sense of organic grandeur in music.

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
SK: Oasis - Wembley Stadium - July 21, 2000

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
SK: Enjoying a coffee at my favorite cafe and walking around my neighborhood in Greenpoint

How would you describe your music in just one word?
SK: Cathartic.

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
SK: The music is only available live at the moment, but our debut EP is slated to release later this year. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for all the updates!

 

A few words with Juice

I've recently photographed Boston-based band Juice on their sold-out show in NYC at Rockwood Music Hall, and took the opportunity to chat with them about a few other things:

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

(live at Rockwood Music Hall, NYC // © Leonardo Mascaro)

One, two, three, four!

Which movie would you love to have written a song for?
Band:
Zoolander

If you could go back in time, who is the artist/band that you would’t miss a concert?
Rami: Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters; Miles: The Grateful Dead; Chris: Led Zeppelin; Michael: The Beatles; Daniel: Gwen Stefani; Ben: The Wiggles; Christian: Prince; Kamau: Michael Jackson

Favorite thing to do in NYC on a day off? 
Walk around in search of delicious food (maybe some ramen) and go shopping.

How would you describe your music in just one word?
Friendly

(encore) Where can people listen to your music online? 
On our website: www.itstimeforjuice.com
On Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3sj0Iod16OcdGir7ZJXv8U?play=true
Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/itstimeforjuice