Marco Benevento

Bear Creek Music Festival Nov. 13-15 in Live Oak, FL

The 3rd Annual Bear Creek Music and Art Festival returns to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida Nov. 13-15 for three days of music, art, camping and community as fans from all over the nation gather along the banks of the famous Suwannee River for the fall’s final musical celebration.

The peak autumn weekend is packed full of high-energy, upbeat and danceable music highlighted by the festival’s trademark sounds of over fifty performing bands with a dozen groups offering two entire shows.

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

Marco Benevento | Me Not Me | Review

Marco Benevento is smiling. Do you know why? Is it the thought of his infant daughter? Perhaps the continual climb upward he has made in his career since bursting onto the scene in the late 90's? Or maybe it's the culmination of his most recent musical phase, the release of Me Not Me, which gave him the chance to combine his original magnum opuses with interpretations of the masterpieces of a number of other artists.

Marco Benevento Announces West Coast Tour Dates

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento will call Northern California home in February when he hosts a four week residency at Yoshi's in Oakland. Supporting his new release, Me Not Me (available February 3 from The Royal Potato Family), Benevento is set to appear every Tuesday of the month at the prestigious east bay jazz venue with a different set of special guests. He'll launch the run on February 3 with an album release party featuring his core trio comprised of bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr. They'll also perform a handful of shows later that week in the northwest. The following Tuesday, Benevento revisits the "two drummers and a saxophone" band from his storied 2008 Sullivan Hall residency with drummers Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston and tenor saxophonist Skerik. The following night the same lineup heads south for an appearance at Largo in Los Angeles. On February 17, week three, guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise joins Benevento along with the Nels Cline Singers' rhythm section, bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola.  Rounding out Benevento's four consecutive Tuesdays at Yoshi's will be "Quartet The Killer," performing the music of Neil Young, for which Benevento will be joined by his partner in The Duo, drummer Joe Russo, along with tenor saxophonist Peter Apfelbaum and trombonist Josh Roseman.

The Los Angeles Times recently selected Marco Benevento as a "2009 Artist To Watch" in anticipation of Me Not Me. The ten track collection finds Benevento interpreting the work of artists such as Deerhoof, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and My Morning Jacket among others. Benevento also contributes three original compositions, including "Now They're Writing Music," which was first performed as a rough sketch last spring when the Brooklyn-based pianist appeared on "The World Cafe With David Dye." In addition to Benevento, the album features the aforementioned Mathis and Barr along with drummer Matt Chamberlain. The set was recorded in Seattle at Chroma Sound and mixed in Brooklyn by Bryce Goggin.

Upcoming tour dates are:

January 10 / Winter Jazzfest at Sullivan Hall / New York, NY
February 2 / Don Quixote's International Music Hall / Felton, CA
February 3 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA
February 5 / The Triple Door / Seattle, WA
February 6 / Axe & Fiddle / Cottage Grove, OR
February 7 / The Goodfoot / Portland, OR
February 10 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA
February 11 / Largo / Los Angeles, CA (w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey)
February 17 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA
February 24 / Yoshi's / Oakland, CA
March 7 / The Bell House / Brooklyn, NY

MARCO BENEVENTO To Release New Album, ME NOT ME

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

On February 3, Marco Benevento will release Me Not Me, a new studio album featuring his interpretations of songs by artists including My Morning Jacket, Leonard Cohen and Deerhoof among others.  The ten-track collection arrives within a year from release of Benevento's critically acclaimed debut studio effort, Invisible Baby. Like its predecessor, Benevento is joined by bassist Reed Mathis and drummers Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr.  The band recorded at Chroma Sound in Seattle during days off on a West Coast tour earlier this year. Engineer Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & The Johnsons, Phish) mixed the sessions in Brooklyn. Of further note, Benevento takes a giant step into the 21st century with the formation of his own label, The Royal Potato Family (distributed by MRI/Red), for the worldwide release of Me Not Me.

"When I first started touring with the trio, in addition to my own material, there was a great opportunity for me to perform tunes from other artists that I'd always wanted to play, both a combination of older rock songs and modern tunes that are part of our current culture," explains Benevento. "So the next step was to make a record with some of this material. I decided to leave the harmony of the songs pretty close to the originals, but really get into messing with the arrangements. I got into sculpting sound around the original piano parts by using some of my favorite keyboards and re-amping them in interesting ways. This album has more layering and textures than the last one. Bryce and I worked closely in developing that idea as an underlying concept for the music."

Marco Benevento, who first attracted national attention playing Hammond B-3 organ and Wurlitzer in The Benevento-Russo Duo, shifts the focus to acoustic piano with his own trio. Throughout Me Not Me, he proves to be one of the most compelling sonic innovators of his generation, re-imagining the instrument through guitar pickups, delay and distortion effects and a Fender Super Reverb Amp.  He shapes and shifts the aural depth of the recording by adding layers of Ace Tone drum machines, Farfisa, Optigan, Mellotron, tack piano and other unconventional keyboards, while using circuit bent toys to develop the emotional character of the songs. Beneath the blanket of colors, the core of the album is the collective energy of Benevento's trio. Reed Mathis, Matt Chamberlain and Andrew Barr provide a take off point for magnetic post jazz improvisations.

The three original compositions on Me Not Me underscore Marco Benevento's inclination for simple pop melodies, multihued sound and playful composition. "Now They're Writing Music" was first debuted in a rough sketch when the pianist was a guest on "The World Cafe With David Dye." Benevento asserts the "toys" themselves wrote the song. The instantly familiar "Mephisto," often performed by The Benevento-Russo Duo, is the closest the album comes to straight-ahead jazz, hinting at 1970's Keith Jarrett. On the other hand, "Call Home" seems to summon the spirit of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Marco Benevento will launch Me Not Me with a residency at Yoshi's in Oakland, appearing every Tuesday night in February with different special guests. Additional West Coast tour dates for February will also be announced shortly.

The track listing for Me Not Me is:

1. Golden (My Morning Jacket)
2. Now They're Writing Music (Marco Benevento)
3. Seems So Long Ago Nancy (Leonard Cohen)
4. Mephisto (Marco Benevento)
5. Twin Killers (Deerhoof)
6. Call Home (Marco Benevento)
7. Heartbeats (The Knife)
8. Sing It Again (Beck)
9. Friends (Led Zeppelin)
10. Run Of The Mill (George Harrison)

Marco Benevento Trio Closes November Tour in Style

On a cold November Sunday night in Philadelphia not too many people were out and about. But at the World Café Live, near the Ivy League campus of the University of Pennsylvania, there was beautiful music happening with or without the crowds. Even the upstairs of venue has a special feel when it's not overly packed. It felt like a jazz night.

Marco Benevento & Friends | Nathan Moore | The Flynn Space

Many aspects of last Monday night's show at The Flynn Space in downtown Burlington, Vermont felt as if they had been transplanted from past eras, even different locales.

The Duo | W.E.S.T. | The Higher Ground | 10/16/08 | Review

In 2002, I remember walking down the street that lead to the back of one of the smaller stages at the High Sierra Music Festival late one afternoon and being amazed by the sheet of sound that was slowly encompassing me with every step forward.

MARCO BENEVENTO Northeast Tour Update

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento has announced a change to his trio's line-up for the first four dates of his November northeast run. Drummer Andrew Barr had to unexpectedly cancel because his tour with Land Of Talk (of which he's also a member) was extended. To the rescue is Jon Fishman who will take over on drums from Hartford on November 7 through Burlington on November 10. Additionally, a date has been added at Mexicali Live in Teaneck, NJ on Sunday, November 9.

 

The upcoming tour dates are:

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Reed Mathis and Jon Fishman)

November 7 / Real Art Ways / Hartford, CT

November 8 / Drom / New York, NY (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 9 / Mexicali Live / Teaneck, NJ

November 10 / FlynnSpace / Burlington, VT (w/ Nathan Moore)

 

Marco Benevento Trio (featuring Marc Friedman and Josh Raymer)

November 12 / Cafe 939 / Boston, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 13 / The Iron Horse / Northampton, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 14 / Narrows Center For The Arts / Fall River, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 16 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA

 

Marco Benevento is touring in support of Invisible Baby out now on Hyena Records.

MARCO BENEVENTO Announces Northeast Tour Dates In November

photos by Phil Emma- for the Grateful Web

Marco Benevento continues a year long push behind his debut studio album, Invisible Baby, with a seven city Northeast tour in November. The Brooklyn-based pianist will lead a trio featuring bassist Reed Mathis and drummer Andrew Barr for the first three shows in Hartford, New York City and Burlington. He'll then be joined by bassist Marc Friedman and drummer Josh Raymer for the last four shows in Boston, Northampton, Fall River and Philadelphia. Opening the dates from New York City to Fall River will be the multi-dimensional singer-songwriter Nathan Moore.

 

Marco Benevento spent the majority of summer touring with his celebrated instrumental noise rock combo The Benevento-Russo Duo, appearing at festivals like Outside Lands, All Good and moe.down. While Benevento's trio has kept a low profile of late (with the exception of a performance at The Newport Jazz Festival in August), the finishing touches are currently being added to a new studio album to be released in early 2009. Benevento was abetted on the recording by his musical co-conspirators Reed Mathis, Andrew Barr and Matt Chamberlain. The as-yet-untitled release was tracked in Seattle and mixed in Brooklyn at Bryce Goggin's Trout Recording.

 

Invisible Baby was released earlier this year on Hyena Records. It garnered critical praise for its infectious indie rock sensibility delivered with the finesse of deft jazz musicianship. Tunes like "Bus Ride," "Record Book" and "Atari" were structured around acoustic piano-based melodies, but twisted to Benevento's will through his use of circuit bent toys, mellotrons, glockenspiels and other tweaked recording approaches.  Benevento released a video for Invisible Baby's good time electro anthem, "The Real Morning Party" (watch it here) and played select U.S. dates around the album's release. On his upcoming Northeast tour in November, it's a sure bet the sonic experiments and fearless improvisations will continue to crack open wide tracks the from Invisible Baby along with a number of choice renditions by songwriters like Jim James, Leonard Cohen and George Harrison among others.

 

The upcoming tour dates are:

 

Marco Benevento Trio featuring Reed Mathis & Andrew Barr

November 7 / Real Art Ways / Hartford, CT

November 8 / Drom / New York, NY (w/ Nathan Moore & Mike Gamble)

November 10 / FlynnSpace / Burlington, VT (w/ Nathan Moore)

 

Marco Benevento Trio featuring Marc Friedman & Josh Raymer

November 12 / Cafe 939 / Boston, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 13 / Iron Horse / Northampton, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 14 / Narrows Center For The Arts / Fall River, MA (w/ Nathan Moore)

November 16 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA