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When they’re not touring coast-to-coast, Max Hatt and Edda Glass recharge with Rio, a jazz and Bossa Nova band in Santa Fe, NM. Rio plays as a quartet, trio, or duo, and is available for house concerts, private parties, weddings, and events.
Booking: (406)461-8833 / firstname.lastname@example.org
I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with songs that posses a mysterious and soulful magic.
~ Pat Sansone of Wilco and the Autumn Defense
Featuring wistful vocals and lyrical guitar, Rio offers intimate interpretations of Jazz & Bossa Nova. Available as a duo, trio, or quartet, Rio’s vibe is invigorating yet relaxing, playful yet sophisticated, classic yet unique. Call it retro or call it timeless— for social events, this is the original cocktail music. For weddings, it’s the most romantic music in the world. Check out our PBS feature below and see what you think.
Rio’s vocalist and guitarist are the hometown alter-egos of Max Hatt / Edda Glass. Winners of the Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition, they’ve played coast-to-coast from New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts to the 2015 Sundance Film Fest, Crown of the Continent Guitar Festival, and will play on NPR Mountain Stage in 2016. Their debut album releases this spring, produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense.
“I realized, from the very first note, that I’ve never heard a more beautiful pairing of voice and guitar…. Edda’s voice floats in the air, beckons and plays hide and seek with the listener; it sweeps from a beguiling whisper to a deep place of power and restraint. Max’s fret work is the perfect accompaniment. He coaxes the notes from the strings … I close my eyes and what I see is smoky, vivid and rich. The music is beautifully crafted, seasoned, as only time—in this case, over a decade of performing together—can accomplish.”
~ Local Flavor Magazine, February 2016, Santa Fe, NM
“…like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway. Their material is hypnotic and comforting, because it is crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.”
~ Lizz Wright
“Unique voices and rare musicians”
~Eric Funk, composer and host of MT-PBS’s 11th & Grant
“Singer [Edda Glass] is a wonderful talent, who brings a lot of emotional complexity. […] Ambient and soothing, but listen a little closer— you’ll find these songs evoke a connection just as deep and personal, like they were written just for you.”
~ Emily Donahoe of the Helena Independent Record
“Bossa is so minimal and unaffected,” says Glass. “It was originally sung for a few friends in tiny Rio de Janeiro apartments. It’s complex and tricky, but it sounds as easy and natural as humans whispering to one another.” Glass’s carioca-accented Portuguese and elastic phrasing speaks to a long and abiding love affair with the Brazilian genre. Juxtaposed with her exploration of husky, even ragged, timbres, Glass creates a haunting vocal style that is subtle, unmistakable, and personal.
“We live in a hyped up world‚” says Hatt. “We’re over stimulated, measured out in sound bites and ringtones. It’s the information age and we’re swallowed up by this stuff. But is there any real communication going on, is there any intimacy? That’s kind of what we’re about.” Toward this end, Hatt’s deeply melodic improvisation and compositions create a “guitar-centered jazz [that] is softer and more intimate than horn-driven jazz bands – flowing easily between seductive, energetic and hypnotic.” (Jessica Soberg of Your Times)
Edda Glass is the daughter of a jazz trombonist and a music aficionado. Mostly an autodidact, she sang in a Bossa Nova band in Montana for 10 years, before relocating to Santa Fe, NM in 2014. As she likes to point out, “There’s something poignant about singing Girl from Ipanema when it’s negative forty out.” In addition to jazz standards and Bossa Novas sung in the original Brazilian Portuguese, Glass also provides the evocative lyrics of the duo’s original material.
Max Hatt grew up in the Chicago-land area and studied jazz guitar in the David Baker program at Indiana University, Michigan State, and has taken classes with Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, and Lee Retinour. He was drawn to Bossa Nova by the combination of melodic/harmonic/rhythmic complexity with the understated intimacy of Brazilian vocals. “It’s as appealing as folk music, but you can play a Jobim song like How Insensitive for your whole life and never touch the bottom of it.”
An original by Max Hatt / Edda Glass
O Que Será
Quartet: You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To
An original song by Max Hatt / Edda Glass, featuring Clipper Anderson on Bass.
Unique voices and rare musicians
Max Hatt & Edda Glass … are constantly, bravely reinventing themselves… pioneering more deeply into original material, music that I can say without reservation will be substantive and important. […] Many are the musicians who adhere more closely to the mainstream, aligning their original music with that which has a track record of being entertaining. Few are those who insist that original music is an art, avoid the commodity and immediate gratification that comes from creating that which has proven to be sellable. I am always inspired by visionary charismatics who possess both the courage and the perseverance to pursue their art against the odds, trusting that their labors are not in vain. Max Hatt & Edda Glass are unique voices and rare musicians.
~Eric Funk, internationally renowned composer and host of MT-PBS’s 11th & Grant.
“Max Hatt/Edda Glass often defied categorization, making them arguably the most distinctive finalist act – let alone winner – we’ve ever had.”
~ Gar Ragland, NewSong Contest Director
“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that posses a mysterious and soulful magic.”
~ Pat Sansone of Wilco.
Listen a little closer
Singer [Edda Glass] is a wonderful talent, who brings a lot of emotional complexity to these simple, gorgeous songs. […] this music is ambient and soothing – it’s the perfect CD to just have on – but when you listen a little closer, you’ll find these songs evoke a connection just as deep and personal as a melancholy Gillian Welch tune might, like they were written just for you.
~ Emily Donahoe of the Helena Independent Record, in a review of MHEG’s previous project, Rio
Seductive, energetic and hypnotic
Her delivery has all the breathy sensuousness of Sade and the clarity and conversational style of Suzanne Vega…You don’t have to understand a word of Portuguese to appreciate the unique cadence of the language – lilting, swaying, countering the lively yet understated melodies provided by guitarist [Max Hatt]…The guitar-centered jazz of this group is softer and more intimate than horn-driven jazz bands – flowing easily between seductive, energetic and hypnotic.
~ Jessica Soberg of Your Times
The acoustic instrumentation created for the classic repertoire performed here is captivating. Combined with that, the sultry vocal created by [Yates] make Rio a mesmerizing album…. The minimalist instrumental approach not only sounds perfect, but it is also a perfect match to [Yates’s] sensuous voice…Rio uses its artistic tools to deliver a satisfying album with enticing performances.
~ Egídio Leitão of Musica Brasileira