"Their material is hypnotic…and crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love." ~ Lizz Wright, chart-topping Jazz Vocalist
"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
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. 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 NPR Mountain Stage and the Sundance Film Festival.
"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
"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