An Evening with Pierre Bensusan

An Evening with Pierre Bensusan

May 9, 2020 | 7:30 p.m.
Belbas Theater

"The way the guitar would want to sound if it played itself."

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SIOUX FALLS, NOT TO BE MISSED! Presenting his brand new album "AZWAN".

French acoustic guitar virtuoso and vocalist Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique sound to all corners of the globe. Winner of the Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album "Encore", voted Best World Music guitarist by Guitar Player Magazine reader’s Poll, Pierre is recognized as one of the greatest guitar players of the 21st century. 

Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957 when France was decolonizing its Empire, Pierre Bensusan's family moved to Paris when he was four. He began formal studies on piano at the age of seven 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. He signed his first recording contract at 17, and one year later his first album, "Près 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 or World Music were invented. He has literally created a style of playing with 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 original and improvisational vocalist, with his own scat technique. 

Immortalised by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time, with an uninhibited sense of musical freedom and expression, a sense of something both playful and serious, otherworldly yet right here right now. His "manner" of playing defies classification - crossing world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk, pop and more. None can be isolated as simply “World Music”, “Celtic”, "Arabic" or “French”; rather, they represent Pierre’s genuine vocabulary and the best part of our world in its current state, a world sharing itself. 

On Sale Dates

January 8 | 9:30 a.m. | Pavilion Donors
January 9 | 9:30 a.m. | Pavilion Members and Subscribers
January 10 | 9:30 a.m | Public

The show is recommended for all ages.

The Washington Pavilion considers parents/guardians to be the best decision-makers on what is appropriate for their children and families. 

Programs, dates, times and prices subject to change. All attendees regardless of age must purchase a ticket unless otherwise noted. 

An Evening with Pierre Bensusan

May 9 - 7:30 PM
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