Athenians: don’t miss the opportunity to see these internationally-acclaimed guitarists while they’re in our neck of the woods!
About Tommy Emmanuel & Pierre Bensusan
A household name in his native Australia, Tommy Emmanuel has garnered tens of thousands of loyal fans on all five continents. Known as a “musician’s musician,” he’s been described (more than once, and by some of the biggest names in the industry) as the greatest guitar player alive today. Emmanuel’s articulate fingerstyle approach is akin to playing a guitar the way a pianist plays a piano. Legendary guitarist Chet Atkins was one of the first people who inspired Emmanuel to pick up a guitar. “I think he’s probably the greatest finger-picker in the world today,” Atkins said a few months prior to his death in 2001. “He’s inventive, fearless and has a flawless sense of rhythm. You can’t watch Tommy perform and not feel happy.”
Born in Oran, French-Algeria, in 1957, Pierre Bensusan signed his first recording contract at age 17 and one year later, his first album, Près de Paris, won the Grand Prix du Disque upon his debut at the Montreux Festival in Switzerland. Working exclusively in DADGAD tuning, Pierre has developed a bitter-sweet melodic approach that incorporates many musical languages. International tours and innovative recordings have established him as one of the truly gifted musicians of our time delving into many unique and previously unexplored techniques and sounds.