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Pierre Bensusan celebrates 40 years of DADGAD with 'Encore'

January 10, 2014
Living up to a reputation as the "Mozart of Guitar" has taken award winning French-Algerian musician Pierre Bensusan on an uncompromising journey across the globe. Performing upwards of 3,000 concerts over a 40 year career, Pierre is recognized universally as the foremost exponent of the DADGAD guitar tuning, the successor to the pioneering work of the late Davey Graham, and the catalyst to a whole new world of acoustic guitar styles through the likes of the great Michael Hedges who dedicated and named his track 'Bensusan' to Pierre on the ground breaking album Arial Boundaries.
Encore, his new triple CD release, contains 35 tracks taken from concert recordings between 1974 and 2013, including two fascinating duets with world renowned keyboard wizard Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), and several 'early years' bluegrass recordings with banjo great Bill Keith.

Engineered in Los Angeles by Grammy winner Rich Breen, Encore features 11 tracks never previously released commercially in any form and delivers the definitive live recording fans have been waiting for, showcasing Pierre's unique sound and improvisational in-the moment style.
In this video, filmed in September 2013, Pierre's discusses how the album came about, the journey from conception to completion and revisits some of the key moments from his 40 year career.
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