RICHARD BENNETT and the WILD ANACONDAS perform the most groovy, swinging and fun music in New York. They serve up a healthy portion of New Orleans second line along with a good helping of jazz, samba and soul.
Whether exuberant and percussive or lyrical and transcendent, RICHARD BENNETT is a virtuoso at the piano. Bringing an array of world music and jazz influences to his music, he blends together a sound that is all his own. In New York his bands have performed at Lincoln Center Out of Doors, The Guggenheim Museum, The Rubin Museum, Brooklyn Museum of Art, and Central Park Summerstage. Internationally, he has toured over twenty countries as member of various jazz and blues ensembles. His compositions have been used forcefully for movies and dance, most notably "Fragments" for the Ailey II Dance Company and "Slope of Enlightenment" for Elisa Monte. In India he has headlined the Mumbai and Kalaghoda Festivals. His album "Raga and Blues" was released by "Mystica Music" in 2011. The follow-up c.d. "Rhapsody in Yaman" was released in 2012. His newest music "New York City Swara" was released by "Times Music" in October 2013.
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"Pianist Richard Bennett has found a way to have instantly catchy tunes- riffs and ostinatos really- transcend jazz expectations while still focusing on improvisation." - Village Voice
"Master Pianist" - Times of India