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Published:March 11th, 2011 18:12 EST
SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring Pierre Bensusan with 'Kiss Landing'

SOP's Battle of the Bands Featuring Pierre Bensusan with 'Kiss Landing'

By SOP newswire2

Favored Nation`s French-Algerian guitarist and vocalist Pierre Bensusan  has received a host of positive reviews and national attention for his 2011 U.S. winter tour, which has uniquely combined a series of concert dates, guitar workshops and speaking engagements. On March 5, Pierre gave a special VIP guitar lesson at Fondren Guitars, located on 607 Fondren Place in Jackson, Miss. 

Bensusan and his latest album Vividly , has been profiled in Guitar Player Magazine, which referred his music as, a unique hybrid listening experience that spans folk, Celtic, jazz, Brazilian and Middle Eastern influences. "  Dr. Matt Warnock of Guitar International  wrote, "it`s no surprise that [Bensusan`s] latest album Vividly is of the highest caliber. " In addition, Phil Catalfo of Acoustic Guitar  said, Any new release by Pierre Bensusan is a guitar-universe event and Vividly is no exception. " Fans and newcomers experienced the virtuoso`s talent when his performance and interview on NPR Weekend News with Scott Simon

Bensusan`s winter tour has recently made strides in such major metropolitan areas as New York CityPhiladelphia, Pa., and Los Angeles, Calif.  The talented guitarist`s tour will continue to hit the West Coast at Siskiyou Institute at Paschal Winery in Ashland, Ore. on February 18Walters Cultural Center in Hillsboro, Ore. on February 19 and for two dates in Seattle, Wash. at Dusty Strings Music Workshop. On February 20 and the Jazz Alley on February 21The tour will continue on to Bellingham, Wash. at Western Washington University`s PAC Concert Hall on February 23 and at Eastern Washington University`s EWU Music Recital Hallin Cheney, Wash. on February 25 and will travel to Denver, at Swallow Hill Music, consisting of a concert on February 26 and a guitar workshop on February 27. In March, Bensusan will perform at Poor David`s in Dallas, Texas (March 2), Dosey Doe in The Woodlands, Texas ( March 3), then of course St. James Episcopal Church ( March 4) and at Fondren Guitars for a VIP Lesson ( March 5), both in Jackson, Miss. His remaining itinerary includes Eddie`s Attic in Decatur, Ga. ( March 6), Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, Minn. ( March 9), Michigan Guitar Society for a concert and workshop in Auburn Hills, Mich. ( March 13), The Bluestone in Columbus, Oh. (March 14), Burchfield Penney Arts Center in Buffalo, NY ( March 15), Institute of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, Md. ( March 16) and finally, a concert at Sedona Performers Guild in Sedona, Ariz. ( March 19) and a workshop at the same venue on  March 20

If World Music is music that pays tribute to the spirit of a collection of human beings through distinct rhythms, traditional instruments and harmonic colors, French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan can be recognized as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time. 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.

At 17 he signed his first recording contract, and one year later his first album Pres 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 Bensusan was voted "Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008" by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoutsic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. 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.

There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more. None can be isolated as simply Brazilian, "Arabic" or French; rather, they represent our world in its current state, a world sharing itself, fusing cultures together in ways we have never experienced. Not to be missed!