Wednesday, July 3
On tour from Montana, Rio has been making waves across the state with their tropical groove and intimate takes on Brazilian Bossa Nova and Jazz. Featuring the intriguing, wistful voice of Julia Yates and lyrical guitar by Tim Drackert, Rio is playing June dates in Taos, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque.
Rio plays an lovingly curated repertoire of songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim and other great Brazilian and American composers. As Yates told Tempo Magazine last month, "We're inspired by the way João Gilberto played and sang bossa nova— Like jazz, the harmony, melody, and rhythm of Bossa Nova are highly developed, yet João makes it sounds as natural as humans whispering to one another. Bossa began as music sung for a few friends in tiny Rio de Janeiro apartments— it's minimal, unaffected. The syrup you hear in some recordings— the reverb, the orchestra— that was added by record producers. But as long as you leave the string section at home, there's no schmaltz in Bossa Nova. It's fresh— timeless."
In 2011, Rio's quartet was featured on Montana PBS's Emmy-award winning series, 11th and Grant, which can be viewed online at Rio's website, riobossanova.com. Their self-titled CD is available on iTunes and Amazon. Rio's sound has been compared to Sade and Suzanne Vega, and appeals to fans of Norah Jones, João Gilberto, Billie Holiday, and Pat Metheny. The common thread, according to guitarist Tim Drackert, is "the communion between audience and performer. We live in a hyped up world‚ we're over stimulated, measured out in sound bites and ringtones. It's the information age and we're swallowed up by this stuff. But is there any real communication going on, is there any intimacy? That's kind of what we're about."