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French-Algerian acoustic guitar virtuoso, vocalist and composer Pierre Bensusan, has taken his unique sound to all corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Awards for his triple live album “Encore”, voted Best World Music guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s poll, winner of the Rose d’Or at the Montreux Festival for his debut album, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of the 21st century. After taking a 3 years sabbatical, Pierre Bensusan returns to the USA & Canada to present his new album “Azwan”, as well as his new book and his new Lowden Guitar Artist Model.
Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, Pierre Bensusan’s family moved to Paris when he was four. He taught himself guitar at the age of eleven. Influenced in those early days by the folk revival blooming in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan began first to explore his own diverse musical heritage and then moved to the horizons beyond. He signed his first recording contract at 17, and one year later his first album, “Près de Paris , won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.
Described by the L.A. Times as “one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today”, Pierre’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age or World Music were invented. He has created a style of playing with the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band as he brings the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than what any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is a composer as well as a bilingual and original and improvisational vocalist, with his own scat technique.
Immortalized by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time, with an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now.