NEW NEW YORK: DIDI GUTMAN, MASA

By Jessica Glick

It was summer. I noticed the sun’s gold reflection in the water as we walked onto the pier. We made our way to the front of the crowd; I wanted to be as close to the music as possible. The song started with an echo of some strange sound. She sang and I eagerly awaited his solo. Although she spoke in another language, I somehow understood every word. She suddenly stopped, and he began. I closed my eyes as he played in order to transcend further with each note…

 …After midnight on New Years Eve, 2006, was when we first met. Brazilian Girls were playing a show at Coda in New York City. He walked over to the bar for a drink in-between sets and so, I introduced myself. Keyboard player for the former, and recently reunited band, he started MASA in 2010 with famed Venezuelan producer, Hector Castillo. Recording their album in Spanish, the Argentinean born musician has turned singer with this current project.

 Much like Brazilian Girls, MASA fuses together an eclectic array of sounds to create a unique experience. For him, this may be due in part to a curious nature, or an exposure to diverse music at a young age. At 13, his leisure pursuit of the keyboard became a serious interest. He began studying piano and music theory while playing with bands and discovering synths.

 Now, as he musically devotes himself to both projects, he has been returning to the places of his childhood with his wife and daughter. Driving through Argentina and to Brazil while listening to records, he has been able to rediscover the deep emotional impression that music left…

-Jessica Glick

Jessica Glick is a photographer, writer, and music lover. She developed an interest in photography while working at various Lower East Side music venues. Jessica started photographing local musician and has now expanded her work to include fine art and fashion. In addition to photography, Jessica has been writing since she was a child. Attempting to combine her writings with her photo work, she created an ongoing portrait/story series called VAGABOND.

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