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Max Hatt / Edda Glass: Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova
Max Hatt / Edda Glass's award-winning Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova has "an incomparable spook" (Nashville Scene) and "a unique sound" (Larry Groce of NPR). Telling stories of little people on great plains, they evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro to the prairies of the American west, leaving audiences with a feeling both light and deep. As heard on NPR Mountain Stage, NYC's Lincoln Center, DC's Kennedy Center, and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival.
September 12, 2018 07:30 PM - 09:30 PM
Max Hatt / Edda Glass's "unique sound" (Larry Groce, NPR) and "incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) have taken them from playing Montana bars to playing NPR Mountain Stage, New York City's Lincoln Center, D.C.'s The Kennedy Center, the Sundance Film Fest, and Wilco's Solid Sound Festival. Based in Santa Fe, New Mexico since 2013, Max Hatt / Edda Glass will bring their story full circle on September 12th, when they return to the west to play for the Eastern Idaho Jazz Society at Carr Gallery of the Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, Idaho. Featuring their award-winning original Jazz Americana and Brazilian Bossa Nova, the concert is part of a larger tour of performing arts centers (see below). They will be joined by Seattle bass virtuoso Clipper Anderson.

Carr Gallery of the Willard Arts Center, 450 A St., Idaho Falls, ID 83402
Wednesday, September 12th, 7:30pm, $25 for EIJS members, $30 for non-members.
More info:
Tickets will be available from the Idaho Falls Arts Council office at 498 A St., phone 208-522-0471 or online at

Hatt and Glass started playing together in Helena, where Hatt had a jazz trio and Glass had a knack for singing in Brazilian Portuguese. They soon became the state's only Bossa Nova band, Rio— Montanans may remember seeing their episode of Montana-PBS's 11th and Grant Show with Eric Funk. On long drives between shows, Glass began writing lyrics to Hatt's solo guitar compositions, taking inspiration from the western landscape, and spinning tales of migrating geese, pioneer sisters, and crop circles in wheat fields. This highway collaboration took them all the way to NYC's Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where the two unknowns won the 2014 Grand Prize of the NPR Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition, based on songs they’d recorded with the help of Helena’s Myrna Loy Center. There they also captured the attention of their future producer, Wilco's Pat Sansone. “I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them," he recalls. "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 produced their 2016 album, Ocean of Birds, which saw press from Huffington Post to Paste. Praised for her "impeccable vocal command" (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass's voice is ultimately "one of a cannot confuse her with another artist" (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt's equally distinctive guitar work combines the harmonic innovations of jazz with the melodic resonance of folk, creating music that's "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be" (Nels Cline, Wilco). Together, "Max Hatt/Edda Glass create exquisite, evocative music" (John Platt, WFUV, New York) as they evoke a world that stretches from the beaches of Rio to the mountains of the American West.

2018 TOURS

April 28 /// Crescent City, CA /// Crescent Elk Auditorium /// DNACA

June 9 /// Asheville, NC /// New Song Sanctuary Sessions /// A Benefit for Blue Ridge Public Radio

June 16 /// Albuquerque, NM /// Albuquerque Museum Amphitheater /// NM Jazz workshop: Jazz Under the Stars

July 5 /// Albuquerque, NM /// The Outpost Performance Space

August 8 /// Missoula, MT /// Long Staff House

August 9 /// Helena, MT /// The Myrna Loy Center

August 24-25 /// Centennial, WY /// Uptown Breakdown Festival

September 12 /// Idaho Falls, ID /// Willard Arts Center /// Eastern Idaho Jazz Society

September 14 /// Cody, WY /// Cody Theatre /// Park County Arts Council

September 15 /// Bozeman, MT /// The Ellen Theatre


“Beautiful… #chills” — Ann Powers of NPR Music (@annkpowers on Twitter)

“…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/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, New York City

"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” — New York Theater Guide

"an exemplification in the beauty of contemplation" — PopMatters

“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.” — Yes Weekly, John Adamian
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