SOURCE: Pierre Bensusan

September 16, 2010 15:29 ET

Contemporary World Music Guitarist Pierre Bensusan Celebrates His 35th Year as a Recording Artist 'Vividly' Sharing a New, Rich, Multi-Cultural Melodic Instrumental & Vocal Album

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - September 16, 2010) -  Pierre Bensusan's debut album Près de Paris, released 35 years ago, launched one of contemporary world music's most extraordinary, multi-faceted careers for an instrumental guitarist. Bensusan (www.pierrebensusan.com), a French-Algerian artist globally known as the "Mozart of Guitar," is still conquering the world with his renowned melodic and rhythmic strings, while touring regularly throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America.

Two years after winning Guitar Player Magazine Reader's Choice Award as the "Best World Music Guitar Player" -- and eight years after Bensusan's album Intuite won the American Association of Independent Music's "Best Acoustic Album of 2002" -- the guitarist celebrates an incredible three and a half decades with an album whose title perfectly reflects his gratitude and deeply intuitive approach to life and music -- Vividly.

While he's happy to explain that the English word derives from the French word "vivid," meaning the inner life of things you don't always see but you can feel, the title track was named for Pat Milliken, his late road manager in California, who would use that term regularly to describe moments of intense joy while traveling from gig to gig.

One of the key people that Bensusan and Vividly have emotionally lassoed is three-time Grammy Award winner and master guitarist Steve Vai, who has worked with fellow electric guitar monsters like Frank Zappa and Joe Satriani and also toured with Ozzy Osbourne -- found Bensusan's acoustic style equally irresistible. Vividly will be released in the U.S. and Canada on Vai's label Favored Nations.

Bensusan is always pleased to appear at events that celebrate fingerstyle guitarists -- yet he has never liked stylistic labels that limit the possibilities and appeal of his multi-faceted music. Still, he says, all the musical magic that he's created over the years begins in his fingers, which are always receptive to his ongoing musical inspiration. Over the years, he has explored American bluegrass and folk music, Celtic music and North African rhythms.

Many of the songs on Vividly were penned by Bensusan's wife and co-producer Doatea Cornu Bensusan. The most fully produced track on the album features renowned Malian vocalist Mah Damba, the "Golden Voice of Mali," an upright bass, percussion textures, trumpet and flugelhorn, and several other singers.

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