Max Hatt and Edda Glass to Release Debut Album OCEAN OF BIRDS, 5/20
Jazz-Americana duo Max Hatt / Edda Glass will release their debut album OCEAN OF BIRDS on May 20 via NewSong Recordings. Eric Funk -- host of PBS' Emmy-award winning 11th and Grant Show -- calls Hatt and Glass "unique voices and rare musicians [who are] constantly, bravely reinventing themselves." Additionally, the album's lead single "Crossing Over" is streaming now. Listen to the track below! Fans can pre-order the album through their PledgeMusic page.
To celebrate the release, the duo will tour nationwide this summer with U.S. dates at NPR's Mountain Stage, New York's Rockwood Music Hall, Brooklyn's Barbés, Nashville's The Basement, Washington's Bossa Bistro and Asheville's Isis Music Hall. See below for a full list of dates!
OCEAN OF BIRDS was produced and mixed by Pat Sansone (Wilco, The Autumn Defense) and Josh Shapera (Liam Hayes, The Autumn Defense) with Gar Ragland (Arthur Alligood, Chris Velan). Of the album, Hatt says, "The amazing [part] about the making of Ocean of Birds is that we all found each other. That Pat Sansone heard and dug our compositions. I think it's a testament to the power of music to find an audience, if it can be heard. And in the process we all created a unique hybrid that bridges the gap between jazz harmony, literate lyrics and people's ears. Pat was a big part of that." Glass adds, "We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on Great Plains."
After playing Bossa Nova in Montana for 10 years, Max Hatt / Edda Glass emerged with their original music for a grand-prize win at the 2014 NewSong Competition, held at Lincoln Center in New York City. "Max Hatt / Edda Glass often defied categorization," said Gar Ragland, the contest's director, calling them, "arguably the most distinctive finalist act -- let alone winner -- we've ever had." Last winter they played at the 2015 Sundance Film Fest, where ASCAP's Playback Magazine described their sets as "mesmerizing cinematic folk jazz."
Glass got her start singing Bossa Nova in Montana -- as she likes to say, "There's something poignant about singing Girl from Ipanema when it's negative forty out." Hatt grew up in the Chicago-land area, studying jazz guitar in Indiana University's David Baker program, Michigan State and in classes led by Pat Metheny, Julian Lage, and Lee Ritenour.
OCEAN OF BIRDS TRACK LIST:
1. Crossing Over
3. No More Tattoos
4. Room To Room
5. Tiger Eyes
6. OCEAN OF BIRDS (in a field of sky)
8. O Que Será?* (À Flor da Pele)
MAX HATT / EDDA GLASS LIVE:
April 3 Brooklyn, NY Barbés
April 4 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
May 1 Charleston, WV NPR's Mountain Stage
May 11 Gastonia, NC The Nest @ Songbird Studios
May 15 Asheville, NC Isis Music Hall
May 17 Nashville, TN The Basement
May 18 Washington, DC Bossa Bistro
May 20 Baltimore, MD Cabaret at Germano's
May 22 New York, NY Club Bonafide
May 24 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3
May 26 Southbridge, MA Starlite Art Gallery & Performance Space
May 28 Campton, NH Mad River Coffee Roasters Performance Series
May 31 Newburyport, MA Evolvement Radio
June 8 Livonia, MI Trinity House Theatre