Thursday, April 23, 2009

Harboursound Festival 2009 - 24th to 26th April 2009

Creative Albany Presents

Pierre Bensusan with Special Guests Miles To Go Trio
8:00pm Friday 24th April 2009

Pierre Bensusan (France) is a guitarist, singer, and composer who constantly explores the depth of his own voice in a way that transcends his instrument. In doing so, his music seems to come from a source much greater than the hands and voice of one man.

Bensusan's compositions often start with melodies inspired by folk traditions. He develops these ideas into compositions of astonishing complexity, creating beautiful and sensuous sounds with a sense of orchestration that goes far beyond what is generally thought of as guitar music.

His pieces commonly feature syncopated rhythms, unusual time signatures, and complex harmonic structures. Any guitarist who has tried to learn one of his tunes will attest to the technical challenges presented by his music.

Pierre Bensusan can be recognised as one of the most eloquent and diverse world musicians of our time. His solo concerts take the listener throughout the palette of emotions, between anxiety, serenity, and deep joy, Bensusan weaves together music from many lands and times in history.

There is a sense of something both playful and serious in his work, an unparalleled sense of freedom in his compositions and his improvisations. Freedom, the spirit of jazz incarnate, is Bensusan and the music he channels without any apparent boundaries.

A composer, a brave improvisational vocalist, melding whistles and resonant low notes with something like his own scat technique. Of all the guitarists in the world, Bensusan is considered to be one of the greatest steel string guitar players of our time.

Special Guests Miles to Go Trio (Australia) will join Pierre for a magical evening of world class music. This is truly a concert not to be missed.

"Listening to Pierre Bensusan is rejuvenating. Beside his extraordinary touch and tone, the notes and melody appeal directly to the tender side of our human nature" - Steve Vai.

"No other guitarist shares his strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy. Even at its most complex, Pierre's music only needs ears to be enjoyed" - Leo Kottke.

"One of the truly gifted musicians of our time - he plays the guitar as if it were the very soul of himself" - George Winston.

Visit www.pierrebensusan.com for more information.

Tickets $30
Festival Special - buy tickets for Friday and Saturday night's concerts (in the one order) and receive a $5 discount per ticket. Only available by phone or in person.

Mic Conway's Kids Concert
1:00pm Saturday 25th April 2009

Idiosyncratic tunes that will make your jaw drop, toes tap and sides split. There is no safety net at a Mic Conway gig! Musical mayhem and magic, educational and inspiring, a must see for kids of all ages!

"Mic Conway - the King of vaudeville in Australia today" - Lucky Oceans

Tickets $10


The Undesirables, Mic Conway, and Clarke's Gray Vest
8:00pm Saturday 25th April 2009

The Undesirables (Canada) are a refreshing and infectious songwriting duo who kick out heat like an old wood stove. Passionate vocals, harmonies and great acoustic guitar work combine in original soul, gospel and blues tunes. Imagine Tom Waits and Charles Dickens sharing ale-drenched stories and you might get close.

Mic Conway and Clarke's Gray Vest swing from ukelele tunes to harmonica driven blues, from saw playing to juggling rubber chickens, from classical cello playing to ragtime guitar pickin'.

Tickets $30
Festival Special - buy tickets for Friday and Saturday night's concerts (in the one order) and receive a $5 discount per ticket. Only available by phone or in person.

Lotterywest Free Family Concert
1:00pm Sunday 26th April 2009

Featuring Mardae Selepak, Krzystztof Piotrowicz playing Russian Gypsy songs and romances, David Ross MacDonald playing contemporary folk, and Mic Conway.

Free entry on the day, no tickets required.

Book online here

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