Pierre Bensusan
Monday, July 29, 2013, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)French-Algerian guitar visionary and composer $22.50 advance / $24.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
July 29 8:00 pm

Pierre BensusanPierre Bensusan is a master fingerstyle guitarist. Born in Algeria, raised in France, he recorded his first album at the age of 18 and won the Grand Prix du Disque at the Montreux Festival in 1976. Since then, he’s released ten more albums, including his latest, Vividly, which the Washington Post praises for its “intricate architecture” and “sparkling acoustic arrangements,” as well as for introducing “new chords, new voicings, and new tunings to the legacy of folk, blues, and hillbilly music with revolutionary results.”
Pierre is known for his use of open tuning, playing almost exclusively with his steel-stringed Lowden guitar tuned to DAGDAD. The Los Angeles Times has described him as “one of the most brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today” and Guitar Player Magazine named him Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008. His compositions and improvisations draw from classical, jazz, New Age, and a wealth of folk traditions including Brazilian and Arabic, Sephardic and Celtic. He has the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band, and he sings beautifully in French and English. At once playful and serious, tender and joyful, this exquisite guitarist is one of the most eloquent world musicians of our time.

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