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Saturday, May 15, 2010

What to Do Tonight: Marco Benevento Trio

Posted By on Sat, May 15, 2010 at 8:30 AM

Hope theres room onstage for both Benevento and his ginormous hand
  • Hope there's room onstage for both Benevento and his ginormous hand

A veteran of the N.Y.C. jazz/experimental scene, Marco Benevento falls somewhere between “nu jazz” and prog-rock. But label-dependent listeners should be warned: The man is very much a moving target. Even in a down economy, the Brooklyn-based keyboard wizard could likely make the rent on his jazz chops alone, fronting a standard trio. But Benevento’s creative instincts have drawn him to rewiring toys into instruments and making good use of something called the Optigan, a floppy-drive keyboard sampler. But for all the enticing technical invention, Benevento can just as easily draw you in with one of his evocative melodic creations. Sophisticated reads on pop coexist with the influences of death metal and Nintendo on Between the Needles and Nightfall, his fourth solo album. Marco Benevento Trio plays at 9 p.m. at Wilbert’s. Tickets: $10. —Duane Verh

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