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Marco Benevento

Biography

Over the course of seven studio albums and countless shows around the world, keyboardist Marco Benevento has amassed a devoted fanbase, while drawing praise from tastemakers far and wide. Los Angeles Times has written, “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,” while NPR Music raves that Benevento combines “the thrust of rock, the questing of jazz and the experimental ecstasy of jam,” and Rolling Stone praises “the textures and colors available in his keyboards and arsenal of manipulated pedals and effects along with his deceptively rich, catchy melodies and straight-ahead grooves.”

Indeed, Marco Benevento’s music covers a wide swath of ground, seemingly connecting the dots in the vast space between LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell, His songwriting is smart and earthy, yet simultaneously pulsating with dance rock energy. Benevento’s high energy live shows—fronting a three-piece band currently comprised by bassist Karina Rykman and drummer Dave Butler—have led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Pickathon. In the studio, he’s collaborated with the likes of Richard Swift (The Shins, Nathaniel Rateliff), Leon Michels (Lee Fields, Freddie Gibbs) and Simone Felice (The Felice Brothers, The Lumineers) among others.

On his latest single, “At The End Or The Beginning,” Marco Benevento dives deep down a psych funk rabbit hole, capturing the current Zeitgeist with lyrics like “We can walk and keep our distance, The whole world changed in an instant,” as it creates a euphoric trance state where listeners can reimagine these troubled times through surrealistic optimism and the pure joy of an irresistible groove. .

    Press Quotes

“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

“A musician so original that he can ultimately only be judged against his own standard.” -All Music

“Reminiscent of Dr. John’s New Orleans psychedelia and piano chops with a hint of Father John Misty’s general coolness, Marco Benevento brings something very unique to the modern pop world.” – The Wild Honey Pie

“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.” – LA Times

“Marco Benevento is one of the most talented keys players of our time.” – CBS

“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

“Imaginative at heart, Benevento demands you to be too when engaging with his work. Otherwise, you probably are missing out on something special. Driven to experiment with chords and melodies with the intention of getting a little dirty along the way, Benevento’s collisional approach is refreshing and absolutely delightful.” – Consequence of Sound

“A vocalizing party-starter, Benevento extrudes sinister balladry and hustling disco beats.” – Village Voice

Videos:
Let It Slide (official)
Say It’s All The Same (official)
Send It On A Rocket (official)
At The Show (official)
Dropkick (official)
Oh Baby Can’t You See (Adult Swim)
Heavy Metal Floating Upstream (Live)


Video & Press
  • Marco Benevento Live Recordings Now Available!

    Marco Benevento live recordings now available for your in-home entertainment! From Marco’s newsletter — Heyo Beautiful People! We miss you so bad! Hope everybody is staying safe and sound out there with clean hands and positivity in their hearts! In our neck of the woods, we’ve been digging into the archives. Last week saw the release […]

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  • Marco Benevento Strikes Sonic Gold in San Francisco

    [Pop Matters] By GREG M. SCHWARTZ It’s an early December Saturday night in San Francisco, and the party people are out in force in the central part of town. It’s getting cold outside, but things are about to heat up inside here at The Independent, as keyboardist Marco Benevento returns with his “hot dance piano […]

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  • Listen: The Lagniappe Sessions With Marco Benevento

    [Aquarium Drunkard] Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus. We first caught Marco Benevento on a makeshift stage deep in the old growth woods of the pacific northwest. It was around 1am. Donning a top hat that would have made Dr. […]

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  • Watch Marco Benevento’s Trippy ‘Send It On A Rocket’ Video

    [Brooklyn Vegan] By Andrew Sacher If indie bands are gonna keep crossing over into jam band territory, it only makes sense that jam bands are gonna cross over into indie territory too. Marco Benevento — who has collaborated with everyone from indie staples AC Newman and Kevin Morby to members of Phish and the Grateful Dead — […]

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  • PREMIERE: Marco Benevento’s ‘Say It’s All The Same’ Is a Summertime Groove

    His new album Let It Slide is coming September 20.  [Flood Magazine] By Kim March Experimental piano rocker Marco Benevento has a new record coming this fall and a new track out today, featuring guest vocals from bass virtuoso Karina Rykman. “Say It’s All the Same” promotes a message that resonates throughout the entirety of Let It Slide: that being yourself […]

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  • Video Premiere: Marco Benevento ‘Let It Slide’

    [KCRW] By Eric J. Lawrence Keyboardist Marco Benevento rarely stands still. Over the past 15 years, he’s dabbled in a little bit of just about everything, from experimental jazz to jam-band grooves, all the while collaborating with the likes of AC Newman, Kevin Morby, John McEntire , Brad Mehldau, and Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, […]

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