Featuring Brazilian vocals & jazz guitar, 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. Available as a duo, trio, or quartet.
“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them.“ ~ Wilco’s Pat Sansone
Rio’s vocalist & guitarist are the hometown alter-egos of Max Hatt / Edda Glass. Winners of the NewSong Competition, they’ve played coast-to-coast from NYC’s Lincoln Center to the Sundance Film Fest, and in 2016 will play NPR Mountain Stage. Their upcoming release was produced by Wilco’s Pat Sansone.
Rio Bossa Nova is more then just an incredible band that plays the timeless smooth sounds of Brazilian Jazz flawlessly, better then the original, they are artists that infused intimacy and sensuality into live music! Recently they played for my wedding. I felt fortunate to have booked them. They've received many awards and favorable critiques. This band made my wedding an event never to be forgotten. Everyone enjoyed the music, had fun and got up and danced. Its been almost three week since my wedding and I'm still getting calls from attendants boasting how great Rio was and the entire affair!!!!
Response from Rio Bossa Nova:
Thanks Stephen it was absolutely our pleasure! Parabéns!!!!! (Congrats!!!)
Rio Bossa Nova put on a great show that was well received by our group. Perfect for our venue.
Response from Rio Bossa Nova:
Thanks so much— it was our pleasure!
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 60 - 240 minutes
“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
FOR JAZZ FANS: Rio plays a lovingly curated repertoire of ballad, swing, latin, and modern jazz standards, including instrumental and vocal pieces. Our bossa nova and samba selection lends a subtly tropical lightness and energy. We can easily shift the emphasis to suit your occasion, including an all jazz or all Brazilian option (see below).
FOR BRAZILIAN MUSIC FANS: As a Brazilian friend once said of Rio, we must be "brasileiros de alma e coração"— Brazilian in heart and soul. We deeply love and respect Bossa Nova and the beautiful musical instrument that is Brazilian portuguese. João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes — these are our heroes. We can easily play entire event of Bossa Nova & Samba if you so choose.
FOR AUDIOPHILES: Our state-of-the-art Bose tower speaker system helps us create low-noise high-definition sound. This sonic clarity allows us to set the volume low and yet infuse your event with the lightness and energy of live music. The Bose's elegant profile and small footprint completes Rio's style.
"What is it about Bossa Nova that is so relaxing, yet invigorating? Fluid guitar solos and the sibilant hush of the lovely Portuguese language fill out such well-known tunes as "Manhã de Carnaval," "Corcovado," and "No More Blues," wherein Glass leaps into dissonance like it's easy, for crying out loud. Yow! Say "ah-h" to the ideal panacea…"
~ Mariss McTucker, The Lively Times
“Edda’s 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.”
~ Jessica Soberg, Your Times
Past Booked Events
|December 03, 2016 • 6:00pm - 10:00pm||Wedding Reception|
|November 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Manhattan, NYC - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts|
|November 08, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Isis, Asheville|
|October 24, 2015 • 7:00pm - 8:00pm||Manhattan, NYC - Wedding at Gramercy Park Hotel|
|March 14, 2015||Wedding Reception|
|November 01, 2014||Other|
|August 07, 2014||Private Party|
|Tim Drackert||guitarist/band leader|
Influences & Inspiration
Diana Krall, Astrud Gilberto, Norah Jones, Sade, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Pat Metheny, Bill Frisell, Jim Hall, Wes Montgomery, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Joao Gilberto
Adequate power source
Duo requires protection from sun and an alternate covered playing area in case of inclement weather.
Quartet requires a covered playing area unless otherwise stated in contract.
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