Rio Bossa Nova

Jazz Band
4 Reviews • 6 Bookings

Based In New York City, NY


About

"Beautiful....#chills," wrote NPR Music's Ann Powers on twitter when she first heard Rio's vocalist, Edda Glass. If you want a band your guests will tweet about, let Edda and acclaimed guitarist Max Hatt bring their unique sound to the classic repertoire of Jazz and Brazilian Bossa Nova. 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, quartet , or solo guitar in the New York City area and nationwide, for weddings, corporate events, birthdays, memorials, concerts, and private parties of all kinds.Rio's vocalist and guitarist are the alter-egos of Max Hatt / Edda Glass, a nationally touring duo whose performance credentials include New York City's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NPR Mountain Stage, Washington D.C.'s The Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Festival, Wilco's Solid Sound Festival, New York City Winery's Cellar Sessions, and WFUV. Compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass is ultimately "one of a kind...you cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). And if you admire Max Hatt's "elegantly funky" guitar-work (Wilco's Nels Cline) and "incomparable spook" (Nicole Atkins), you'd be in good company.Rio's private event resume include the Manhattan venues Gramercy Park Hotel (a lavish rooftop wedding for a Brazilian couple) and Brasserie 8 1/2 (a memorial for legendary designer Ivan Chermayeff), as well as exclusive destination weddings locations in the Southwest like Santa Fe's Four Seasons.Repertoire: Rio plays a lovingly curated repertoire of ballads, swing, latin, and jazz standards that are energizing yet relaxing, playful yet sophisticated. Advance special requests welcome. Sound system: Rio's State-of-the-art Bose speaker system helps create a low-noise high-definition sound. This sonic clarity allows Rio to set the volume low and still infuse your event with the lightness and energy of live music— without interfering with conversation. The Bose's elegant profile and small footprint completes Rio's style. "I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them." — Pat Sansone (WILCO) "Unique voices and rare musicians" — Eric Funk, composer and host of MT-PBS's 11th & Grant “Like hand printed photographs that speak and sway… their material is hypnotic…” — LIZZ WRIGHT "Exquisite" — WFUV's John Platt "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



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Kate L

Wedding Reception - 2014-11-07

Rio Bossa Nova was amazing at our wedding reception. We wanted to create a more relaxed atmosphere and this band was exactly what we were looking for. They are all highly talented and professional a...


Sabrina M

Wedding Reception - 2015-07-17

As a professional musician myself, I can tell you there's no exaggerating when I rate all categories at 5 stars. Julia called me back within an hour of my inquiry and we had an easy, productive conver...


ed p

Wedding - 2015-07-05

675 characters is not enough to describe the overall experience, wonderful people to work with, great music, they were so GREAT!! My new in laws spent many years in Brazil and thoroughly enjoyed their...


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