One of my favorite keyboardists is the extraordinary Marco Benevento. His work with drummer Joe Russo still remains one of my all-time, favorite keyboard/drum duos. Although the duo ceased operations a few years ago, they re-emerged in a quartet last year at Terrapin Crossroads in San Rafael, and continue to perform with a variety of solo projects. After a great show last year, Benevento and his latest group returns to the Independent on Divisadero Saturday, March 29th.
“For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento has been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.
In 2014, Benevento returned to the studio to record his latest work with producer Richard Swiftwhose resume includes The Shins, Foxygen and Tennis. Together, they focused their attention on a collection of news songs that add Benevento’s vocals and lyrics to his lush instrumental piano rock. The collaboration resulted a lo-fi, psychedelic, dance rock gem that shimmers with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards. The album, entitled Swift, was released to wide acclaim on Benevento’s own label, Royal Potato Family.
As anybody who’s seen Marco Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold….”
Ghost & the City, Kat O1O (Crown City Rockers)
Sat, March 29, 2014
Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm
$18 ADV – $20 DOOR