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Guitarist Mike Keneally + Drummer Marco Minnemann = Evidence of Humanity

One bright morning, world-renowned drummer Marco Minnemann (Eddie Jobson's UZ, Nina Hagen, Necrophagist, Paul Gilbert, David Torn and countless others) settled down behind the DW kit in his secluded hideaway, punched the record button, and proceeded to pound out an astounding 52-minute improvised solo. When it was finished, he christened it Normalizer 2 and offered it as a sort of gift to a handful of his favorite guitarists, hoping that they would each add their own signature madness to the mix.

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, Dethklok, Joe Satriani and, again, countless others) was someone Marco hoped would dig the idea. In the throes of recording his intense and complex Scambot 1 album (released last year on Exowax), Mike leapt at Marco's offer-- the creation of Evidence of Humanity would be a joyous, freewheeling counterpoint to his meticulous work on Scambot. "A fun ride," Mike would recall.

Frequently, while recording his parts, Mike would respond improvisationally to a section of Marco's drum solo, recording a melodic statement on guitar, keyboard or bass, and then overdubbing orchestrational support to the original improvised part. On other sections, Mike would compose movement strenuously in unison with Marco's initial improvised outburst.

The ecstatic result is something like two of the world's foremost musicians improvising together, but not at the same time. It's a record unlike any other that Mike has recorded (but probably closest to Nonkertompf, his indefinable, mostly instrumental 1999 solo extravaganza). Evidence of Humanity seems to have a life of its own, mutating and maturing with each listen.

Accompanying the Evidence of Humanity CD is a DVD, containing a tasty reimagining of the original concept. This time, Mike and Marco got together in real time and vaulted into the ether for another 52-minute musical improvisation, a feat that was videotaped for your pleasure and entitled Elements Of A Manatee. The DVD also includes an insightful conversation between the two kindred musical spirits, shot in the back seat of a car hurtling toward the Southern California desert's dilapidated Salton Sea.

Marco Benevento Two Nights in Denver

MARCO BENEVENTO
Two Nights at DAZZLE in DENVER, CO
Thursday, AUGUST 12 & Friday, AUGUST 13
Sets at 7PM & 9PM
Buy Advance Tickets Here

Also appearing in Colorado....

SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS
Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marco Friedman, Marco Benevento & Andrew Barr

August 19 | The Fox Theater | Boulder, CO (buy tickets)
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO (buy tickets)
August 21 | Newhoma Music & Mountain Festival | Florissant, CO (buy tickets)

Surprise Me Mr. Davis | Summer Dates & 'Bridge Sessions' Segment

Surprise Me Mr. Davis have announced a handful of summer tour dates. The five piece rock band, featuring Nathan Moore, Brad Barr, Marco Benevento, Marc Friedman and Andrew Barr, will come together from their homes in Montreal, Brooklyn and the Shenandoah Valley for ten shows. They'll be supporting their latest EP release, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast.

The Hidden Track blog noted in a recent live review: "Someone mentioned that it felt like seeing The Band in some club in 1970, and that seemed just about right--there is such skillful songsmithing, such virtuosity in performance, such joy and such a tortured voice in the quintet. The music glows and rolls and speaks as the greatest Americana does of all the back roads and small towns and small rooms in big cities, all the confused relationships, unrequited love and brotherly love. I can't help thinking, whenever Nathan Moore begins some political rant bookended by some semi-comical, semi-forlorn personal ramble, that this is what Walt Whitman would be doing if he were still alive." Jambase stated: "Surprise Me Mr. Davis needs to be recognized as one of the top bands in the live music scene; an appointment that is far overdue and richly deserved."

Upcoming Surprise Me Mr. Davis tour dates are:

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

Watch Surprise Me Mr. Davis perform an a-capella rendition the Nathan Moore song "Tombstone" on the Williamsburg Bridge shortly before they took the stage for a headline show in April at New York City's Mercury Lounge. The piece was filmed as a segment for "The Bridge Sessions."

MARCO BENEVENTO | Spring & Summer Tour

On May 11, Marco Benevento will release his third album in as many years, Between The Needles & Nightfall. We couldn't be more excited for you to wrap your ears around this groundbreaking, creative high-point from the acclaimed Brooklyn-based pianist. The pre-order for the album is now open. Pick up your copy on CD, Vinyl or limited edition Red vinyl (only 100 copies), and you'll get a link to download a bonus EP, Spell 579, that features five solo piano tracks recorded by Marco, including his long sought after version of The Shins' "Kissing The Lipless."

Pre-Order BETWEEN THE NEEDLES & NIGHFALL here

Also, Marco Benevento tour dates and lots of them...

April 21 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS *w/ Dave Dreiwitz & Billy Martin
April 23 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA *w/ Dave Dreiwitz, Mark Mullins & Billy Martin
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA *w/ The Slip & Surprise Me Mr. Davis
April 28 | Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA *
Megalomaniac's Ball w/ Garage A Trois
May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | The Space | Portland, ME
May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester, CT
May 8 | RISD | Providence, RI
May 9 | Parima | Burlington, VT
May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY
May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
May 14 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL
May 15 | Wilbert's | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD
May 20 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD *w/ Xylos
May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA *w/ Xylos
May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY *w/ Xylos
June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA *w/ American Babies
June 17 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Plains, PA *w/ Steve Kimock
June 18 | The Bearsville Theater | Woodstock, NY *w/ Charlie Hunter
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR *w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis
June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz Festival | Winnipeg, Canada
June 28 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal, Canada
June 29 | Toronto Jazz Festival | Toronto, Canada
August 8-10 | Fly Me To The Moon | Telluride, CO ***SOLD OUT
August 12-13 | Dazzle | Denver, CO

SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS | THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST

Surprise Me Mr. Davis just wrapped a ecstatically energized East Coast run capped off by two very special nights in New York City this past weekend! The band is supporting a new EP, That Man Eats Morning For Breakfast, and while plans are well under way to get back into the studio to record their first full length studio album, this EP, including "Sissyfuss," "Roses In Bottles" and "Joelle," is the place to start.

Pick up the CD direct from RPF | or at iTunes

Surprise Me Mr. Davis, a band that plays a handful of dates a year--schedules permitting in the worlds of Nathan Moore, The Slip and Marco Benevento--is taking on more significance these days. The schedule is busier in 2010 and if all goes as planned will continue to grow.

Upcoming dates are:

April 30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
June 26 | WOW Hall | Eugene, OR (w/ Marco Benevento Trio)
July 1 High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 3 | High Sierra | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA
August 19 | Fox Theater | Boulder, CO
August 20 | Three 20 South | Breckenridge, CO
August 21 | Newhoma Music Festival | Florissant, CO

Marco Benevento Announces North American Tour Dates

Marco Benevento has announced North American tour dates in support of his forthcoming new album, Between The Needles & Nightfall. The Brooklyn-based pianist leads his trio for the majority of a 29-night headline run that includes a handful of April appearances surrounding the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and May dates on the East Coast and Midwest that are capped off by a hometown show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom.

In June, Benevento works a double shift over three nights in the Northwest playing with both his Trio and Surprise Me Mr. Davis. He'll conclude the month with a string of Canadian jazz festivals, including a solo piano performance at Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur as part of the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Between The Needles & Nightfall hits stores May 11 on vinyl, CD and download via The Royal Potato Family.  A free mp3 download of the album's lead track, "It Came From You," is available now at marcobenevento.com.

Upcoming MARCO BENEVENTO Dates:

April 2 | Parima | Burlington, VT (Solo)
April 21 | Bennie's Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS (MB & Friends)
April 23 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (MB & Friends)
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA (w/ The Slip & Suprise Me Mr. Davis)
April 28 | Megalomaniac's Ball at Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
May 5 | The Space | Portland, ME
May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket, NH
May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester, CT
May 8 | RISD | Providence, RI
May 9 | Parima | Burlington, VT
May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY
May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY
May 14 | Martyr's | Chicago, IL
May 15 | Wilbert's | Cleveland, OH
May 16 | Club Cafe | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD
May 20 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD (w/ Xylos)
May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA (w/ Xylos)
May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY (w/ Xylos)
June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA (w/ American Babies)
June 17 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Wilkes Barre, PA
June 18 | The Big Up Festival | Ghent, NY
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR (w/ Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz Festival | Winnipeg, Canada
June 28 | Montreal Jazz Festival | Montreal, Canada (Solo)
June 29 | Toronto Jazz Festival | Toronto, Canada

Surprise Me Mr. Davis Announce EP & Tour Dates

The often elusive American rock and roll band SURPRISE ME MR. DAVIS, comprised by members Nathan Moore, Brad and Andrew Barr, Marc Friedman and Marco Benevento, have announced an April 13 release for their long-awaited EP, THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST. On the same day, the band will commence their first shows of 2010 with a five date Northeast run that begins in Boston, stops in Providence and Albany, and concludes with back to back nights in Brooklyn and New York City. Later in the month, they'll play two late night shows during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.  SMMD also plans three dates in the Northwest at the end of June before heading to California for two sets at High Sierra Music Festival.

THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST, also known to fans as the "demo sessions," took a circuitous route from seed to market. Nathan Moore explains: "I was on my way with Marc Friedman to Montreal where we were going to record in Brad and Andrew Barr's new studio. Unfortunately, I got turned away at the border. We soon found ourselves back in Burlington, Vermont drinking in a bar. Brett Hughes, a local musician there, was like 'just come into my barn studio and do it.' So Brad and Andrew came down this way and we ended up recording there all week at Brett's house. We got all these tracks done and then we went back into another studio and tried to work them up even bigger, but we started to feel that we were exceeding our initial ideas by trying to make them too big. In the end we reverted back to the original demos. They had the raw spirit and energy we were trying to capture. So now it is finally seeing the light of day."

The seven song EP will be available at all major digital retailers, including iTunes, Amazon and Emusic, while a limited edition CD release will be sold exclusively at the band's shows and through their website.

The track listing for THAT MAN EATS MORNING FOR BREAKFAST is:

1. Roses In Bottles
2. Sissyfuss
3. One Sick Knave
4. I'm No Good At All
5. Emily Green
6. Joelle
7. Home Away From Home

Upcoming tour dates are:

April 13 | Club Passim | Boston, MA
April 14 | Red Square | Albany, NY
April 15 |
Firehouse 13 | Providence, RI
April 16 | Union Hall | Brooklyn, NY
April 17 | Mercury Lounge | New York, NY*
April 24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA**
April 30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA***
June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR***
June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR***
July 1 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
July 4 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
July 6 | Cafe Du Nord | San Francisco, CA
July 7 | Moe's Alley | Santa Cruz, CA

*w/ Yellowbirds
**w/ The Slip & Marco Benevento Trio
***w/ Marco Benevento Trio

Marco Benevento | 'BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL'

Back with his third full length studio album in as many years, Brooklyn-based pianist and sound sculptor MARCO BENEVENTO delivers BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL on May 11 via his label Royal Potato Family.

BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL was initially conceived at Trout Recording in Brooklyn, NY where engineer Bryce Goggin Marco Benevento (Pavement, Akron/Family) tracked and his trio, including bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr, over three days. The material was drawn from fragments of melodies and song ideas that Benevento had been collecting over the last year. To achieve the colors he envisioned for these compositions, Benevento recorded on a baby grand piano bolstered by guitar pick-ups, amplifiers and a myriad of pedals and circuit bent toys, while overdubbing Moog, Optigan, Mellotron and Farfisa. He then transferred the tracks to his home studio, taking the next two months to cut, loop and shape the pieces into full-fledged songs. Additional drum parts were added by Matt Chamberlain. As a last step, Benevento handed off his work to three of his favorite engineers: Mell Dettmer (Sunn O))), Eyvind Kang), Jesse Lauter (Low Anthem, Elvis Perkins) and Vid Cousins (Amon Tobin, Kid Koala) for final mixes. The results range from the day-glo electro-pop of "It Came From You" to the simply-stated lullaby "Katie's Song" to the shimmering Arcade Fire-meets-Brad Mehldau anthem "Two Of You."

2009 was a breakout year for Marco Benevento. In February, he released Me Not Me, an album featuring interpretations of songs by My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others. Touring it across the U.S., Benevento and his trio made a number of high profile performances, including San Francisco Jazz Festival, Earshot Festival and Carnegie Hall. At the end of '09, Benevento released his first ever DVD, Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency, a two hour-plus documentary with performances and interviews from his historical five week 2008 engagement at the downtown New York City venue Sullivan Hall, featuring special guests like Brad Barr, Kaki King, Billy Martin, Stanton Moore and Steven Bernstein. As if all this wasn't enough, he toured and recorded with post jazz cognoscenti Garage A Trois, became a full time member of indie pop experimentalists Surprise Me Mr. Davis and welcomed his second daughter into the world.

With the release of BETWEEN NEEDLES & NIGHTFALL, Marco Benevento continues to define himself as one of the most prolific new voices of his era, blurring genres from song to song, and more often from measure to measure, with his own take on simple pop pleasures, dance party rave-ups and art jazz experimentation. He speaks in modern sonic tongues, all cut-and-pasted, tweaked-out and glitchy, but full of wide-eyed wonder that rejoices in the limitless horizons of sound and melody.

Marco Benevento | Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency

At the outset of 2008, Marco Benevento took over New York City's then brand new Greenwich Village music venue, Sullivan Hall, for a month-long residency. He would call it home for five Thursday nights in January, inviting a who's who in modern jazz and improvisational rock music to play with him each week in a different configuration.

Hauling his own baby grand piano from his Brooklyn apartment to the Sullivan Hall stage for the event, Benevento led his musical co-conspirators through two sets a night of daring and consistently breathtaking improvisations. Whether it was the Bitches Brew-esque sonic explorations of his collaboration with Steven Bernstein, Bobby Previte and DJ Olive, the glorious post rock ferocity of a line-up with Brad Barr and Joe Russo or Benevento's own regular trio with Reed Mathis and Andrew Barr celebrating the release of their debut album Invisible Baby, every set took on a life all its own.

As the sold out crowds that gathered for each week's performance will attest, these shows were the stuff of legend in the recent history of downtown New York City's music scene. Thankfully, director Karina Mackenzie captured all five nights on high definition video along with multi-track recordings and artist interviews that are now available on a DVD release from The Royal Potato Family entitled Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency. While it's Marco Benevento's name at the top of the billing, what the film portrays is a family of fearless, faithful, one-of-a-kind artists making some of the most vital music of their time.

Directed by Karina Mackenzie for Shine A Light Productions | Available worldwide from The Royal Potato Family

Upcoming Marco Benevento Dates

Upcoming MARCO BENEVENTO TRIO Tour Dates
September 8 | Williamsburg Music Hall | Brooklyn, NY (w/ Mike Gordon)
September 9 | Boulder Theater | Boulder, CO (w/ The Bad Plus)
September 17 | Castaways | Ithaca, NY
September 18 | River Street Jazz Cafe | Plains, NY
September 19 | Let It Roll Festival | Ghent, NY
September 24 | The State Theater | Falls Church, VA
September 25 | 92Y | New York, NY
September 26 | The Westcott Theater | Syracuse, NY
September 27 | Le Divan Orange | Montreal, Canada
October 28 | Earshot Jazz Festival | Seattle, WA
October 29 | The Goodfoot Lounge | Portland, OR
October 30 | Jambalaya | Arcata, CA
October 31 | San Francisco Jazz Festival | San Francisco, CA
December 3 | The Iron Horse | Northampton, MA
December 4 | Narrows Center For The Arts | Fall River, MA

December 5 | Downright Music & Arts | Collinsville, CT

Upcoming BENEVENTO/RUSSO DUO Tour Dates
November 6 |  The Note | West Chester, PA (w/ Sean Bones)
November 7 | 8X10 | Baltimore, MD (w/ Sean Bones)
November 9 | Boone Saloon | Boone, NC
(w/ Sean Bones)
November 10 | The Garage at Biltmore | Asheville, NC (w/ Sean Bones)
November 11 | The Pour House Music Hall | Raleigh, NC (w/ Sean Bones)
November 12 | The Pourhouse | Charleston, SC (w/ Sean Bones)
November 13 | New Earth Music Hall | Athens, GA (w/ Sean Bones)
November 14 | Bear Creek Music Festival | Live Oak, FL

Upcoming GARAGE A TROIS Tour Dates
November 14 | Bear Creek Festival | Suwanee, FL
November 19 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
November 20 | Chelsea's | Baton Rouge, LA
November 21 | The Parish | Austin, TX
December  8 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
December  9 | Night Light Lounge | Bellingham, WA
December 10 | Doug Fir | Portland, OR
December 11 | Red Fox | Arcata, CA
December  12 | Independent |
San Francisco, CA

Upcoming releases from THE ROYAL POTATO FAMILY
Nathan Moore (Folk Singer) ***out now
Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (One Day In Brooklyn) ***out now
Moodswing Orchestra (Moodswing Orchestra) ***Available September 29
Garage A Trois (Power Patriot) ***Available October 27
Marco Benevento & Friends (Live In NYC: The Sullivan Hall Residency) ***DVD***Available November 10
Mushroom ***coming in 2010