An Evening with Pierre Bensusan (Guitar & Voice) - Private River Room Concert
Date(s) - 03/27/2020
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The River Room
Tim and Polly Alexander
An Evening with Pierre Bensusan—Guitar and Voice
presenting his brand new solo album “AZWAN”
7:30 pm, Friday, March 27, 2020
On Friday, March 27, 2020, award-winning acoustic guitarist Pierre Bensusan will headline our nineteenth Mansion Concert and 6th River Room Concert! The doors will open at 6:00 PM and the show will start at 7:30 PM. Seating is limited to the first 80 interested persons who are invited and sign-up at this site. To support our artists, we have established a recommended donation of $29.00/person for this concert. All donated proceeds are directed to the artist. Please feel free to bring a snack or a cold dish to pass. /Tim Alexander/
About Pierre Bensusan
“The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself.”
“Bensusan is very much his own animal. It’s like listening to a butterfly, to dappled sunshine coming through quaking aspens. His music flits and darts around like fish in a pool. And his compositions manage to encompass both the calmness of the pool and the flashing of the fish. It’s an entrancing, almost hypnotic thing to watch and hear, as he seems eager to share his journey, his light. I was struck by how the aim of each song was to be beautiful. Not witty, not avant-garde, not new, necessarily, but beautiful. A great craftsman plying his trade. A shepherd with his flock. As I left I felt all of a sudden that I’d been to temple after all. My own sort of temple, and by the end of the service I felt purified, cleansed, and ready for the new year.”
Nyack News and Views (USA, Dan Cohen, Oct 4, 2015)
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), Pierre Bensusan is recognized as one of the premier musicians of our time.
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 world musicians today.
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’s name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic 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. A great ambassador of peace. Not to be missed!
Please feel free to bring a snack or a cold dish to pass.
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DISCLAIMER: Eventbrite uses the terminology “ticket” inappropriately in the context of these Private Mansion Concerts. As you know, I recommend a donation of $29 per person to support the artists. We are not and do not sell tickets — even though you may receive a registration confirmation by email that uses the term “Ticket.”. We are simply using this website/portal to manage the expected sufficiency of limited seating and communicate details about this private, by-invitation-only music party online. I am not operating a commercial enterprise and other than the expense of bottled water and rental expenses, all donations are paid to the artists involved in the show. This concert is not open to the public.