“Benevento jams with a concentration on the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects. His songs feature deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures.” – Rolling Stone

“It’s safe to say that no one sees the keyboard quite like Marco Benevento’s genre-blind mashup of indie rock, jazz and skewed improvisation.” – Los Angeles Times

“Benevento’s colorful, improvisational, piano-based compositions stretch so wide and cover so much sonic ground that the idea of genre seems quaint. Very quietly, he has been evolving into one of the most vital figures in jazz or rock or post-jazz or post-rock or…all of music.” – Kansas City Pitch

For more than a decade Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive résumé of composition and collaboration, sparking the interest of a seemingly endless list of acclaimed musicians, including Carl Newman, Mark Eitzel and Matt Chamberlain, all leading to collaborative efforts along the way.

Benevento’s latest album, TigerFace, out now on The Royal Potato Family, was recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups, Elliot Smith, Fiona Apple) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Akron/Family). His fourth studio recording to date, it represents Benevento’s next step in the exploration and evolution of his precise yet freewheeling piano-driven songs. Over the course of the ten-track effort, the pianist incorporates a myriad of sonic color and melody, while calling upon musicians like drummers Matt Chamberlain (Brad Mehldau, Bill Frisell), John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green) and Mike Gordon (Phish), violinist Ali Helnwein (Traction Avenue Chamber Orchestra) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness). For the first time, Benevento uses vocals, inviting Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) to sing on two tracks.

“This man is really on to something special,” says Traver, describing the recording process as “a blast of yes-wave amazing fun energy–there were no ‘NOs,’ only lots of laughter, belting and joyousness.”

Benevento’s previous releases, Between the Needle and Nightfall [2010], Me Not Me [2009] and Invisible Baby [2008] have reached critical acclaim from the likes of NPR, The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times and Relix. Rolling Stone’s David Fricke described his music as, “deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves that expand with subtle mounting gestures.”

In addition to leading a successful career as a solo artist, heavy attention has also been given to his group projects like Garage A Trois, Surprise Me Mr. Davis and The Benevento-Russo Duo.

As his vision for experimental modern piano rock in the 21st century expands, Benevento shows a different side of himself on TigerFace.

“I blindly and fearlessly opened up some doors to different sounds on my record during the course of two years,” Benevento explains. “TigerFace is the beginnings of a new, more melody driven sound with the focus on the impact of the song from start to finish.”

TigerFace track listing:

1. Limbs Of A Pine (featuring Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket)
2. This Is How It Goes (featuring Kalmia Traver of Rubblebucket)
3. Fireworks
4. Going West
5. Eagle Rock
6. Soma
7. Do What She Told You
8. Escape Horse
9. Basilicata
10. This Is How It Goes

Upcoming Shows:
March 1 | The Saint | Asbury Park, NJ
March 2 | The Midnight Ramble | Woodstock, NY
March 7 | The Haunt | Ithaca, NY
March 8 | Nietzshe’s | Buffalo, NY
March 9 | Dubland Underground | Rochester, NY
March 15 & 16 | The Press Room | Portsmouth, NH
March 21 | Snoe.down | Killington, VT
April 1 | Beachland Tavern | Cleveland, OH
April 2 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
April 3 | Woodlands Tavern | Columbus, OH
April 4 | Cosmic Charlie’s | Lexington, KY
April 5 | Zazou’s | Louisville, KY
April 6 | 2720 Cherokee | St. Louis, MO
April 7 | Schuba’s | Chicago, IL
April 18 | The Great Scott | Boston, MA
April 19 | The Blockley | Philadelphia, PA
April 20 | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY
April 26 | Republic | New Orleans, LA
April 27 | The Maple Leaf | New Orleans, LA
May 1 | Howling Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 16 | The Hamilton | Washington, DC
May 17 | 8×10 | Baltimore, MD
May 18 | The Southern | Charlottesville, VA


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