Pierre Bensusan will return to Charlotte and Ashesville on the 2022 CD Release Tour
Franco-Algerian acoustic guitar virtuoso, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan will once again be touring North America. At the start of 2020, Bensusan was in the United States set to play both Charlotte and Asheville, but unfortunately an incipient pandemic cut short his North American tour.
At the start of his 2022 tour, he is back and thrilled to finally perform for local audiences and fans:
Friday, March 4 at 8 p.m. at the Stage Door Theater (at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center)
155 N College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 Ticket price: $22 in advance / $25 at the door Order tickets online: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/pierre-bensusan-3 or by phone 704.372.1000 (Blumenthal Performing Artistic Box Office)
Saturday, March 5 at 8:30 p.m. at Isis Music Hall (co-presented with Mountain Spirit Acoustic Series) 743 Haywood Rd Asheville, NC, US 28806
Ticket price: $20 in advance / $25 at the door Order tickets online: https://isisasheville.com/event/an-evening-with-pierre-bensusan-3-5-2022/ and phone 828-575-2737
“After a two-year hiatus of staying home, playing, writing and wanting to share live music with you again, it will be a pleasure to finally be back on tour in the United States and Canada. .” Bensusan continues, “I’m thrilled to finally perform my songs from the ‘Azwan’ album, and to share my brand new book ‘Guitar Collection’ published by Hal Leonard.”
The first leg of this 100-date concert tour that includes guitar clinics runs from March through May, from North Carolina west through the southern states, to the west coast, then on to to British Columbia. Stage two will resume from September to November, starting in WA, through the Northern States, Dakotas, Manitoba, Great Lakes, Midwest, Ontario, New York, Quebec, New England, the east coast, back to NC.
Appearance on French National TV: Watch Pierre’s superb live performance in December 2021 on the French TV show “3 Hauts de France” of “HEKIMOGLU”, a traditional Turkish melody he arranged.
Groundbreaking collaboration: Bensusan announces, “I was honored and very happy to be invited to play on Donny Osmond’s 63rd and brand new album titled ‘Start Again’. It felt like a little angel came to visit me in the middle of what seemed like an eternal pandemic break. The track that Philippe Saisse on keyboards and I play with Donny is a soulful ballad called “Footprints”. was recorded in my studio by Christophe Goudot. Overall it’s an incredibly groovy, absolutely brilliant pop R&B album and Donny’s voice is as beautiful as it is powerful; full of feeling, rich and spectacular. I was also Glad to hear that Donny has been a fan of my game for many years. More projects together are on the way…” Listen to “Footprints”
ABOUT PIERRE BENSUSAN:
It’s as if the guitar had carte blanche to play on its own! Franco-Algerian acoustic guitar virtuoso, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan, nicknamed “Mr. DADGAD”, has taken his unique sound to the four corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Awards for his triple live album “Encore”, voted best guitarist in world music by the readers’ poll of Guitar Player Magazine, and winner of the Rose d’Or at the Montreux Festival for his first album, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of the 21st century.
Born in Oran, Franco-Algerian, in 1957 when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan’s family moved to Paris when he was 4 years old. He began formal piano studies at the age of 7 and at 11 taught himself the guitar. Influenced in his early days by the folk revival that was flourishing in Britain, France and North America, Bensusan first began to explore his own diverse musical heritage, then moved on to other horizons. He signed his first recording contract at the age of 17 and a year later his first album, “Près de Paris” won the Grand Prix du Disque on its debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.
Described by the LA Times as “one of the most unique and shining acoustic guitar veterans on the global music scene today”, Pierre’s name has become synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age or World Music were coined. He literally created a playing style with the ability to make a single guitar sound like an entire band while taking the audience on a mesmerizing musical journey. And yet, Bensusan is more than any musician or music lover expects from a guitarist. He is both a bilingual and original composer and vocalist and improviser, with his own scat technique.
Immortalized by the tribute tune ‘Bensusan’ written by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important source of inspiration for many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genres and genres. eras, with an uninhibited style a sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, from another world but right here; at present. His “way” of playing defies classification – crossing the world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk, pop and more. None can be isolated simply as “World Music”, “Celtic”, “Arabic” or “French”; rather, they represent the authentic vocabulary of Pierre and the best part of our world in its current state, a world that is shared. Do not miss!
ABOUT “AZWAN” CD:
During a three-year hiatus from international touring, Pierre Bensusan had written some exciting new material and honed his guitar playing for his new instrumental CD “Azwan” – released in 2020. Among many accolades, Roots Music Report included him in its “Best of List 2021” for world music.
“I chose to work with a French producer, Jean-Marie Ecay, who happens to be one of the most requested electric guitarists on the French jazz scene (tours with Jean-Luc Ponty, Richard Galliano) so that I could take advantage of his ears, his experience and his suggestions to take the music in another direction.” said Bensusan.
Additionally, “Azwan” sheet music along with a selection of popular performance pieces, technical considerations and ideas have been published in a new book “The Pierre Bensusan Guitar Collection”, published worldwide by Hal Leonard (*except by “Fingerstyle China”: for China, Hong Kong and Taiwan).
Listen and learn much more about Pierre at: http://www.pierrebensusan.com