Thursday February 28, 2013

BRATTLEBORO -- Twilight Music presents French-Algerian acoustic guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan at Hooker-Dunham Theater & Gallery, 139 Main St., tonight at 7:30 p.m.

Bensusan is acknowledged as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time. Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, when France was decolonizing its empire, Bensusan’s family moved to Paris when he was 4. He began formal studies on piano at age 7, 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. At 17, he signed his first recording contract, and one year later his first album "Pres de Paris" won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland.

Bensusan was voted Best World Music Guitar Player in 2008 by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented.

Bensusan is a composer as well as a bilingual and an improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique. His playing defies classification -- world, classical, jazz, traditional, folk and more.

Tickets are $20 general, $18 for students and seniors. For ticket reservations and information, call 802-254-9276. For information, visit www.pierrebensusan.com, www.twilightmusic.org and www.hookerdunham.org.