Red Oak Duo, a guitar/piano collaboration with Adam Benjamin is currently wrapping up production of their debut album to be released later this month. The duo will be touring the west coast this July. Check the "calendar" page for performances in your area!

RED OAK DUO features Storm Nilson and Adam Benjamin

Nilson and Benjamin present new, original material inspired by familiar sounds from modern jazz and Americana but with a unique approach to both.
While drawing inspiration from such quintessential guitar/piano duos as Bill Evans and Jim Hall, Nilson and Benjamin go beyond, expanding the guitar/piano format through the utilization of both a broader instrumental spectrum, a creative and tasteful approach to tonal effects, and a range of stylistic influences, transcending any one idiom.
This connected, creative vision began in 2003 while Nilson and Benjamin were attending California Institute of the Arts. Inspired by closely aligned musical tastes, and nurtured by a mutual artistic admiration, the project quickly grew into a vibrant musical partnership.
Compositionally, the duo achieves the natural balance of Nilson’s simple melodies spiked with harmonic intricacies, and Benjamin’s imaginative and clever approach, which is truly his own. Together these masterful, talented friends produce a sound that resonates with skill, ingenuity and integrity.