When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Featuring wistful vocals and lyrical guitar work, Rio offers intimate interpretations of Bossa Nova and Jazz. With Julia Yates at the mic and Tim Drackert on guitar, Rio's sound offers "all the breathy sensuousness of Sade" and a Brazilian vibe that "flows easily between seductive, energetic and hypnotic." (Your Times, Helena Independent Record)
"Bossa is so minimal and unaffected," says Yates. "It was originally music sung for a few friends in tiny Rio de Janeiro apartments. It's complex and tricky, but it sounds as easy and natural as humans whispering to one another. 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."
"We live in a hyped up world‚" adds Drackert. "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."
Rio's quartet was featured on MT-PBS's Emmy-award winning series, 11th and Grant—watch it online at riobossanova.com. Their CD, Rio, is available on iTunes and Amazon.