French acoustic maestro Pierre Bensusan is back on UK soil this week from Thursday October 12 to Wed October 18 for a series of dates in select UK venues.
Winner of the Independent Music Award, in the Live Performance Album category for his latest triple live album "Encore" (2014), "Rose d'Or" of the Montreux Festival for his first album, "Près de Paris" (Switzerland, 1976), "Best World Music Guitar Player " by the readers of Guitar Player Magazine (USA, 2008), Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.
Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans on the world music scene today", his name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius. He has 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 a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique.
Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself guitar. 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.
Pierre Bensusan UK Tour
12th Oct2017 - Chapel Arts Centre, Bath, UK
13th Oct2017 - The Ale House, Colwall, UK (Sold Out)
14th Oct2017 - Church of St Mary, Alveley UK (almost Sold Out)
17th Oct2017 - The Half Moon, London, UK
18th Oct2017 - The Greystones, Sheffield, UK