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Marco BeneventoFor more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums 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 high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to All Good Festivals. Benevento's been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast at rooms like Bowery Ballroom, The Independent and Doug Fir. The 35-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his latest 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 conceptualized from every wisp of melody that's ever tickled his ear. Recorded by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement), TigerFace features a stellar cast to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam) and John McEntire (The Sea & The Cake), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and Mike Gordon (Phish), saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas) and vocalist Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). As anybody who's seen Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devoted and growing fan-base, Marco Benevento is an artist whose story is only just beginning to be told.
Mad-Sweet PangsMad-Sweet Pangs has upheld an intensive focus on well-crafted songs, high-energy live performances, and a loving, good-time rapport with the vibrant and diverse Delaware music scene in which they are an essential and cherished component. With a contemporary improvisational sound steeped in folk tradition, yet alive with progressive energy, their performances have been described as "tightly composed, ragtime-upbeat, energetic, and intimate." Each member of the quartet keeps a "push-our-collective-envelope" musical approach to their free-form improvisations, which shines through both onstage and in the studio. As such, Mad-Sweet Pangs is the organic bi-product of four friends, their love of music, and the desire to craft songs that capture the sweetness and bitterness of life.
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