— Ann Powers of NPR Music
Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” and a "unique sound" (Nashville Scene; NPR’s Larry Groce) that's taken them across the country from NPR and PBS to NYC's Lincoln Center and DC's Kennedy Center. Praised for the “hushed sophistication, poetic density, and narrative heft” (Yes! Weekly) of her lyrics, and her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters), Glass is ultimately "one of a kind...you cannot confuse her with another artist" (NY Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar-work combines the harmonic innovations of Jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating compositions that are “direct yet take unexpected twists and turns”— together they create music that is "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Blue Note). Their award-winning original Jazz Americana and unique interpretations create a swoon-inducing soundscape that is both epic and intimate, making one feel "both lost and found, all at once" (NY Theater Guide). If we live in uneasy times, this music is both a reflection and antidote, an escape that is really a healing-in-place.
Max Hatt / Edda Glass will be touring as a quartet joined by bass virtuoso Clipper Anderson and percussionist John Bartlit. This tour is made possible by a grant from Jazz Road, a national initiative of South Arts, which is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Clipper Anderson is a virtuosic bass player and soloist based in Seattle, who has played a long list of jazz greats including Madeleine Peyroux, Michael Brecker, Arturo Sandoval, Peter Erskine, Bob Mintzer, Bucky Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Paquito D’Rivera, Buddy DeFranco.
John Bartlit received a music degree and taught for 12 years at the University of New Mexico, and has worked with the New Mexico Symphony, John Lewis of MJQ, Chris Calloway, John Cage, and Lou Harrison. He is a composer and recording artist, and has a platinum album with Robbie Robertson, film credits, and premier recordings of works by modern classical composers.
"Subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be"
— Nels Cline, Wilco
100 word bio: Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” and a "unique sound" (Nashville Scene and NPR’s Larry Groce). Their award-winning original music and mesmerizing reinventions of the Great American Songbook create a swoon-inducing soundscape of voice and guitar that is both epic and intimate, making one feel “both lost and found, all at once" (New York Theater Guide). If we live in uneasy times, this music is both a reflection and antidote, an escape that is really a healing-in-place. As heard on NPR, PBS, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and the Sundance Film Festival.
50 word bio: Max Hatt / Edda Glass have "an incomparable spook” and a "unique sound" (Nashville Scene, NPR’s Larry Groce)-- a swoon-inducing soundscape of voice and guitar that is both epic and intimate, making one feel “both lost and found" (NewYorkTheaterGuide.com). As heard on NPR, PBS, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center.
"Unique voices and rare musicians"
—Eric Funk, MT-PBS host and internationally renowned composer
"This Jazz Americana duo portrays true elegance."
"Max Hatt/Edda Glass create exquisite, evocative music as they journey through the landscape of jazz and folk with Hatt's atmospheric guitar playing and the landscape of the West with Glass's literate lyrics."
— John Platt of WFUV
“…like hand-printed photographs that speak and sway, the material is hypnotic…"
— Lizz Wright
“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz”
— ASCAP’s Playback Magazine at Sundance Film Festival
“Edda Glass's voice must be heard to be believed.”
— Nels Cline (Wilco)
"Max Hatt’s tone has an incomparable spook...Edda Glass’ primal singing and skywide-on-a-stormy-night lyrics left me breathless. "
— Nicole Atkins, Nashville Scene
“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 (Wilco)
Max Hatt and 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 and Edda Glass are unique voices and rare musicians.
— Eric Funk, PBS host and internationally renowned composer
“Their lyrics/ instrumentals encapsulate the confusing sentiment of feeling both lost and found, all at once…This album is for those that want to hear a song that tells them it is okay to be human, and that you are not alone in not knowing what that exactly means”
"an exemplification in the beauty of contemplation"
“Brimming with soul and steeped with lush, mellow melodies, Ocean of Birds captures a moment in time and releases it in one lovely breath. “
— That Mag
“Music that creates a sense of vastness within its quiet.”