Smart Bets: Pierre Bensusan

Guitarist Pierre Bensusan was born in French Algeria and grew up in Paris. Bensusan taught himself guitar at age 11 and, while still a teen, recordde his debut album, Près de Paris. According to his press release, "His name became synonymous with contemporary acoustic guitar genius, long before the terms New Age, New Acoustic Music or World Music were invented. … He is a composer as well as a bilingual and a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique." Just last month, “Hymn 11” from his Altiplatos album was featured on the DVD, Randy Rhoads: The Quiet Riot Years. Following a performance at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival, Bensusan plays a Saturday, May 12 concert at The Altamont Theatre. 8 p.m., $18. http://myaltamont.com.

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