"I present myself as Mán Cub because it provides a vehicle I can use to bring clarity to the world. I write songs as the score of the working man’s drama, day in and day out. Family is most important in my life, and my music helps remind me of that importance. I like to emulate elements of American Folk music and the repetitive rhythm of Latino music to provide a cerebral dance that helps me chug along the hills of life."
Richard Juarez is the singer, songwriter, and producer of Mán Cub. He grew up in Chicago's neighborhood of Little Village. From a young age Richard was exposed to a wide range of music, from R&B to rock, rap and boleros.
Richard started writing songs at 12 years old. He played guitar and wrote songs all throughout high school and college. He studied theatre and performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2012, he formed the band Brother StarRace with his brother, Raul Juarez. The band dissolved in 2016. Richard spent 2017 touring as a guitarist for singer and activist, Lester Rey and working on a collaborative EP with producer Boathouse titled "Feel the Love". In that time Richard began developing his new project Mán Cub and played a few shows throughout the year. Mán Cub released his first single "Powder Room" featuring Jessica Garcia, February of this year with good reception. In March he released a collaboration with producer SUVÉ, titled "Paola". Both singles have been played on Vocalo and Lumpen Radio, Chicago's local radio stations. Richard is currently recording his debut ep, to be released this summer. Mán Cub has been backed by talented musicians like Giovanny Revelle, Dina Simone, Khori Wilson, and Lester Rey.
Sara Ontaneda is a composer, singer-songwriter and producer currently based in New York. Her music mixes Folk, R & B, and South American rhythms, in what the artist calls "POP Alternativo." Her interest in music came to her at an early age when she took piano lessons at the age of 7 in Miami, but it was at the age of 13 when she moved to Guayaquil, Ecuador where she realized that music was what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Sara then took classes in conservatories to pursue studies in classical music and as a teenager she began to write unpublished songs. It was at that time that she also began to sing in jazz and Bossa Nova groups, and to make presentations at important venues in Ecuador like, Teatro Centro de Arte, Teatro Sanchez Aguilar and Diva Nicotina with several other bands. With more open doors, she moved to Boston, MA to continue her studies at Berklee College of Music. She graduated from this university with honors and received scholarship awards for her effort.
In July 2015 Sara released her first album, "Mars and Jupiter". This EP, received several accolades in publications from Latin America and Spain. The "Mars and Jupiter" tour was held in several cities of Ecuador (Cuenca, Guayaquil, Quito, and Piñas). Sara also presented this material in the United States, and at festivals such as SXSW (South by Southwest) 2016, Outside The Box Boston 2016, and South Florida Folk Festival 2017, among others.
In March of 2017, Sara released her first full-length album "Entre Espacios y Colores". The launch concert was at the famous New York club, The Bitter End, which was at full capacity that day. The album has received several positive reviews in Latin and American publications. The Huffington Post calls it, "A good album in total, and flashy ... no fillers, just good Nu-Latin jazz music, and Sara's voice is not to be missed" (translated). With this album, Sara was presented at the New Jersey Folk Festival in which she was one of the winners of the songwriting contest. She also brought her music to SXSW 2018, NAMM 2018, among other notable performances. Currently, Sara continues making presentations around the world.
Sara meets Fabio, who is part of the band, at Berklee College of Music, in 2012. The university makes a concert every year called “Berklee International Folk Festival,” and one year they decided to interpret the music of Sara’s native country, Ecuador, and since there were not so many Ecuadorians in the university at the time, they had other Latino colleagues, among them, Venezuelans, Argentines, and North Americans helping with their participation to play Ecuadorian music.
Since 2014, Fabio has recorded and played in her project.
Akos Forgacs is a Hungarian / Serbian bassist based in New York. Graduated from Berklee College of Music. Fabio and Akos met in this institute and in the present they play together in other projects apart from Sara. She meets Akos when attending a concert of a friend where, the two played and told Fabio that the bass player was very good and said "Yes, call him to do a rehearsal". Then they contacted him and to the surprise of both, Akos had already memorized all the songs that Sara had sent him for the rehearsal. To which she comments, "It was very comfortable playing with him."
FABIO ROJAS: https://www.fabiorojasmusic.com/
Media Luna esta compuesta por David Sosa y Stephiie Anaya. Quienes iniciaron a finales del verano del 2014 por aver coincidido con su talento, David tenia musica que habia creado, la cual no tenia letra y cuando conocio a Stephiie ella le comento que le gustaba escribir pero no lo habia hecho con musica. Una noche decidieron juntarse para ver que podian crear y fue ahi cuando se creo su primer cancion "Mundo Maravillo". Los dos consideraron que tenian una gran quimica para escribir juntos y crear musica, asi que decidieron continuar uniendo el arte que cada uno habia creado. Y a su vez creando nueva musica como "Escapar" de su primer album llamado Acto 1.
Desde entonces no han parado de crear musica y han seguido tocando en diferentes lugares en los alrededores de su ciudad Chicago. En el 2015 tuvieron la oportunidad de viajar a Michoacan en Mexico, donde tocaron varios shows. En el 2017 viajaron a New Orleans y Nashville donde pudieron presentar su musica.
"Estamos dispuestos a mostrarle al mundo todo lo que disfrutamos crear, que es nuestra pasion por la musica."
Dicen los integrantes de Media Luna. 🌙
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