If there’s one thing that listening to Pierre Bensusan’s career-spanning live album, Encore [DADGAD], makes clear, it is that he had already fully established himself as a singular voice in the world of acoustic guitar playing at the time of his earliest performances. And, like a fine Bordeaux wine from an outstanding vintage, his artistry has only increased in depth and complexity as he has matured.
The music comprising Encore includes material from a 1975 show with banjo innovator Bill Keith (Bensusan’s first professional gig), two duets from 1998 with Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess, pieces showcasing the guitarist’s pioneering use of live-looping and other effects processing, and a wealth of solo steel-string work played in DADGAD—Bensusan’s tuning of choice since 1978, and now practically synonymous with his name.
In addition to releasing Encore
, Bensusan will celebrate his 40th anniversary by performing worldwide throughout 2014, as well as collaborating on a 40th Anniversary Pierre Bensusan Signature Model guitar with esteemed luthier George Lowden, whose guitars he has played throughout his career, and who, coincidentally, is celebrating his 40th anniversary as an instrument builder. Bensusan will also host students in his home in the north of France for a week-long Residential Guitar Seminar beginning August 5, 2014 (visit pierrebesusan.com