For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His studio albums have set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to numerous high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to Bonnaroo. Benevento’s been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast.
The 35-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his most recent album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceived from every wisp of melody, hook and cadence that's ever tickled his ear. Recorded and mixed by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement), TigerFace features a stellar cast of musicians recruited to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), John McEntire (The Sea & The Cake) and Andrew Barr (The Barr Brothers), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and Mike Gordon (Phish) and saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas, Superhuman Happiness).
For the first time on record, Benevento presents vocals, inviting Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket) to sing on the infectious dance rock rave-up "Limbs Of A Pine" and the pastoral psych rock meditation "This Is How It Goes." Other standouts include the angelic anthem "Eagle Rock," the soaring garage psychedelia of "Going West" and the piano riff rock jaunt "Escape Horse.” As anybody who's seen Benevento perform live can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. Indeed, TigerFace, is the commitment to this pursuit; a soundtrack for fellow travelers with their eyes set on the horizon.