SOURCE: Guitarist Pierre Bensusan

September 10, 2013 17:02 ET

After More Than 3,000 Concerts Across the Globe, Contemporary World Music Guitarist and Recording Artist Pierre Bensusan Celebrates 40 Years as a Live Performer With Encore, a 3-CD, 35-Track Journey of Live Performances Spanning His Entire Career

PARIS, FRANCE--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - Back in 1974, Pierre Bensusan ( was cutting his teeth as a performer on the folk scene in Paris and other cities in France when one of his idols, banjo great Bill Keith, offered him his first official paying gig ever touring Western Europe with his bluegrass band. The French-Algerian upstart, humbly launching a four decade career which would earn him worldwide renown as the "Mozart of Guitar," was hired to play mandolin. But when Keith heard his groundbreaking approach to the acoustic guitar, he decided to allow Bensusan a few key spotlights on that instrument.

Decades later, when Bensusan was looking for potential finishing touches for Encore, his ambitious and expansive retrospective collection celebrating 40 years as a globetrotting live performer, he discovered a reel-to-reel tape with a Swiss National Radio recording of a concert in Lausanne from that tour. While the tireless troubadour's original plan for the 3-CD set was to include tracks recorded between 1998 and 2013 in France, Canada, Ireland, Austria and especially the U.S., Bensusan decided to round out the 35-track set by starting "Disc 2" with five titles from this show, including two bluegrass songs.

Engineered in Los Angeles by two-time Grammy nominee Rich Breen, Encore also includes a handful of songs featuring Bensusan's beautiful French language vocals and wordless vocalese; two cuts with future Dream Theater keyboardist Jordan Rudess (including the previously unreleased "Anthem For The Ocean"); and the 18-minute setpiece "Celtic Medley." In all, Encore features 11 tracks never previously released commercially in any form.

The 2014 release by Bensusan's own label Dadgad Music fills a unique gap in the multi-talented performer's discography, which dates back to his 1975 debut album Pres de Paris and includes his most recent studio recording Vividly (2010).

Lowden guitars will be teaming up to support Pierre's 40th Anniversary World tour, covering Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Paris, London, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, North America and Europe (Germany, England and Ireland) before a fall 2014 jaunt that takes him to numerous Asian markets, including China, South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Japan.

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