Max Hatt / Edda Glass
“Unique voices and rare musicians”
— Eric Funk, PBS host and internationally renowned composer
Max Hatt / Edda Glass have “an incomparable spook” (Nashville Scene) and a “unique sound” (Larry Groce, NPR Mountain Stage), that springs from the space between Glass’s unmistakable voice and lyrics, Hatt’s epic guitar landscapes, and their award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. Praised for her “impeccable vocal command” (PopMatters) and compared to a gamut of singers from Astrud Gilberto to Billie Holliday, Glass’s voice is “one of a kind…in that you cannot confuse her with another artist” (New York Theatre Guide). Hatt’s equally distinctive compositions are “direct…yet unexpected,” says Wilco’s Nels Cline, and together Max Hatt / Edda Glass create music that’s “subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be.” With a new album produced by Wilco’s Pat Sansone, they’ve toured coast-to-coast from NYC’s Lincoln Center to NPR Mountain Stage and Sundance Film Fest, and been featured in press from the Huffington Post to Relix, Daytrotter, and Paste.
Hatt and Glass started playing together in Montana, where Hatt had a jazz trio and Glass had a knack for singing Brazilian Portuguese. Glass sat in on songs like “Girl from Ipanema” and they soon became the state’s only Bossa Nova band, honing their original material on the side. On long drives between Bossa Nova gigs, Glass wrote lyrics to Hatt’s solo guitar compositions: “Max’s compositions are so cinematic,” she recalls, “and you look out the window and it’s like the camera’s panning for you, over these enormous landscapes, and you start expecting something to happen— a story to begin.” This highway collaboration took them all the way to New York City at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where the two unknowns won the 2014 Grand Prize of the International Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. Here their songs of migrating geese, dispossessed tribes, and love in the wheat fields also captured the attention of Pat Sansone. “I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them,” Sansone recalls. “They have the ability to create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that poses a mysterious and soulful magic.”
Hatt grew up in the Chicago-land area, studied jazz guitar in the David Baker program at Indiana University, and has taken classes with Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, and Lee Retinour. The daughter of a jazz trombonist and a music aficionado, Glass is likewise steeped in jazz, and learned to sing in Portugues through obsessive teenage listening to an obscure Nara Leão album. With other influences ranging from Neil Young to J.D. Salinger, Homer, Jim Jarmusch, and Casablanca, the duo truly does create “a unique sound harmoniously forged from seemingly disparate elements,” (Larry Groce of NPR Mountain Stage). They are still based in the west, in Santa Fe, NM, O’Keefe country, and home of the green chili.