Date: 03/14/2012 Print This Post

Pierre Bensusan Heads to North America This Summer To ‘Vividly’ Celebrate His Acclaimed Album


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 The French-Algerian Instrumentalist, Who Won Guitar
Player Magazine Reader’s Choice Award as the “Best
World Music Guitar Player” in 2008 is Trotting
the Globe on his 2012 World Tour

Nearly 15 months after his last stateside visit, Pierre Bensusan heads back to the U.S. for a highly-anticipated tour, starting at the Nightcat in Easton, MD. May 9. Over the course of his summer jaunt, the French-Algerian artist globally known as the “Mozart of Guitar”—who released his most recent album, Vividly, in late 2010—will perform in venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic, South, West Coast, Northwest, Midwest and Northeast.

In addition to the U.S. shows, Bensusan will also be performing at the Montreal Jazz Festival on April 27, Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia June 27, Salon de Lutherie on June 30, and the Trinity St. Paul’s United Church in Toronto on July 8.

Bensusan’s U.S. dates are part of an extensive seven month global tour that began with four March dates at the Portfairy Festival in Portfairy, Australia and includes a total of 17 dates in Australia, three in China and numerous shows in France, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the UK.

Vividly, a multi-cultural, melodic instrumental and vocal album, marked Bensusan’s 35th year as a recording artist—a span that includes such accolades as Guitar Player Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award as the “Best World Music Guitar Player” (2008) and the American Association of Independent Music’s “Best Acoustic Album of 2002” for Intuite.

The music on the album reflects a spirit of jubilation. “My hope is always to create music that becomes part of the fabric of people’s lives,” says the guitarist. “It’s there for your enjoyment and it won’t disturb you, but if you do stop and pay closer attention, you might be magically roped into something you could not have imagined.”

One of the key people that Bensusan and Vividly have emotionally lassoed is three-time Grammy Award winner and master guitarist Steve Vai, who has worked with fellow electric guitar monsters like Frank Zappa and Joe Satriani and also toured with Ozzy Osbourne. Vividly was released in the U.S. and Canada on Vai’s label Favored Nations.

Another iconic guitarist who played with Osbourne, along with Quiet Riot, was the late Randy Rhoads; an upcoming DVD “Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years” will feature Bensusan’s song “Hymn 11” from his Altiplatos album. The video–a companion piece to the book “Crazy Train: The High Life And Tragic Death Of Randy Rhoads”–highlights the life of the guitar master who died in a plane crash in 1982. The DVD will be available for preorder April 1 on

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Upcoming Shows: (more shows to be announced)

May 9, 2012                            Easton, MD                            Nightcat

May 10, 2012                          Staunton, VA                           Mockingbird

May 11, 2012                          Charlotte, NC                          Evening Muse

May 12, 2012                          Asheville, NC                          The Altamont Theatre

May 12, 2012                          Decatur, GA                            Eddie’s Attic

May 17, 2012                          Chattanooga, TN                    Barking Legs Theater

May 18, 2012                          Jackson, MS                           Duling Hall

May 20, 2012                          Birmingham, AL                      The Virginia Samford Theatre

May 23, 2012                          Takoma Park, MD                  Institute of Musical Traditions

May 24, 2012                          Felton, CA                               Don Quixote’s

May 25, 2012                          Tiburon, CA                             Schoenberg Guitars

May 26, 2012                          Berkeley, CA                          Freight & Salvage

May 30, 2012                          Ashland, OR                           Old Siskiyou Barn

May 31, 2012                          Portland, OR                           Alberta Rose Theatre

June 1, 2012                           Everett, WA                            Accent on Music at The Anchor Pub

June 2, 2012                           Seattle, WA                             Dusty Strings Music Workshop

June 3, 2012                           Spokane, WA                          Lindaman’s

June 5, 2012                           Napa, CA                                Napa Valley Opera House

June 9, 2012                           Cottonwood, AZ                      Old Town Center For The Arts

June 10, 2012                         Scottsdale, AZ                        First Baptist Church of Scottsdale

June 11, 2012                         Santa Barbara, CA                 Soho Music Club

June 15-17, 2012                    Pomeroy, OH                         Fur Peach Ranch, 3 days Guitar  (Seminar)

June 21, 2012                         Piedmont, NY                         The Turning Point

June 22, 2012                         Fall River, MA                         Narrows Center for the Arts

June 24, 2012                         Cambridge, MA                      Club Passim

June 27, 2012                         North Vancouver, Canada      Capilano University

June 30, 2012                         Cadyville, NY                          Cadyville Concert Hall

July 1, 2012                            Saratoga Springs, NY             Caffe Lena

July 8, 2012                            Toronto, Canada                     Trinity St. Paul’s United Church