For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive body of work. His studio albums and live performances set forth a vision that connects the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, pulsating with dance rock energy, but with smart, earthy songwriting to match. It has led to numerous high-profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon, Mountain Jam to Treefort Festival, while headlining shows coast to coast.
Marco Benevento’s latest studio LP, Let It Slide, is some of his finest and most adventurous work to date—a maestro making “bold indie rock” says Brooklyn Vegan, while the LA Times raves, “Benevento continues to straighten his twisted sound into the guise of an indie-rock singer-songwriter, harnessing his inventive sonic palette into rewardingly bite-size pop songs that touch on disco and soul.” Honing his psych rock and late-night dance party sensibilities, the recordings find the pianist citing everything from Harry Nilsson, Manu Chau and Gorillaz as inspiration.
Having studied and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1999, Benevento first came to national attention as one half of the Benevento Russo Duo. Mixing elements of jazz and post rock, they attracted the attention of Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio and bassist Mike Gordon, which led to a national tour together under the name, G.R.A.B. Benevento would later rejoin with his Duo bandmate as the keyboardist in the most successful Grateful Dead revival act of its time, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, who’ve sold out shows from Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado to the legendary Capital Theatre in the NYC tri-state region.
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, he’s a satellite to the muse. With a devout and growing fan-base, Benevento is an artist whose story is only beginning to unfold.