August Music Series: Rupert Wates, Max Hatt and Edda Glass at Cell Theatre, Albuquerque
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August Music Series: Rupert Wates, Max Hatt and Edda Glass

Friday Aug 12, 2016

700 First Street NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 766-9412
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A double concert featuring American stories and original, acoustic and jazz music.

An Evening of Award-Winning Alternative Folk with Rupert Wates and Max Hatt / Edda Glass

Nationally touring artists, Rupert Wates and Max Hatt / Edda Glass, team up for a double concert of their award-winning original music, featuring American stories and adventurous music. Show starts at 6pm on Friday August 12th at the The Cell Theater, 700 1st St, Albuquerque. Tickets $10 at the door or call (505)766-9412 for advance ticketing information.


“A prime figure in American Music”

- Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange

Rupert Wates’ music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He’s won over 30 songwriting awards and plays around 120 live shows every year, in acoustic venues in every state in America, in Canada and in Europe. Born in London and schooled at Oxford, he is now based in New York City and Colorado. 

His latest release is an album of acoustic love songs inspired by the beauty of Colorado. It depicts the journey of two lovers, as they travel like Wild West outlaws in search of new frontiers and freedoms. In keeping with the album's setting, its sound is pastoral, rootsy, folk-inflected. At the forefront is Wates' signature fluid fingerstyle guitar, and his distinctive vocals, at once gentle and intense.

He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.


"Beautiful music that is subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be." – Nels Cline (Wilco)

Max Hatt / Edda Glass features ethereal guitar, an unmistakeable voice, and the duo’s award-winning Jazz Americana compositions. “We want to write about a world both intimate and vast, about little people on great plains,” says Glass. “Plus sometimes we throw in a little Bossa Nova.” Their 2016 “Ocean of Birds Tour” kicks off with NPR Mountain Stage and takes them across the country and several genres, from the jazz clubs of Manhattan to Nashville’s record stores and New England’s folk fests. Based in Santa Fe, NM, the duo first hit the national stage at NYC’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where they won the 2014 Grand-Prize of the international NPR Mountain Stage / NewSong Competition. They’ve been featured by Daytrotter, City Winery NYC’s Cellar Sessions, Relix Magazine, Huffington Post, and ASCAP at the Sundance Film Festival. Produced by Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense, Ocean of Birds is available now:

“I was mesmerized from the first moment I heard them. They create a deep sonic landscape with only voice and guitar, with songs that possess a mysterious and soulful magic.” ~ Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense).

“Like paintings or hand printed photographs that speak and sway… their material is hypnotic…crafted with patience, wit and seasoned love.” ~ Lizz Wright

"The album arranges itself as an exemplification in the beauty of contemplation, and Hatt, a clever, complex songwriter and musician, and Glass, with a warm, pacific tone and impeccable vocal command, make a compelling argument for their brand of jazz with soulful inclinations." —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

“Mesmerizing… cinematic folk-jazz” ~ ASCAP’s Playback Magazine, in review of their 2015 Sundance Film Festival performance.

“Entrancing…profound…storytellers” - NY Theatre Guide