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Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper

Mar 23rd 2019 @ Roulette - A World in Trance

New York, NY
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About Derek Gripper
Genres:
African, Classical Crossover, Instrumental, Guitar Virtuoso
Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa

South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the alb...
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A World In Trance
Saturday, March 23rd, 2019
8:00 PM
Roulette - A World in Trance
509 Atlantic Avenue at 3rd Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn, New York, NY
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Derek Gripper’s exploration of Mali’s greatest instrumental virtuosos has created a new form of classical guitar music out of one of Africa’s richest musical traditions. Derek, a master guitarist from South Africa, magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora (21-string harp-lute) compositions on solo guitar - a feat which the renowned classical guitarist John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” His hypnotic guitar renditions of Toumani Diabaté’s elaborate compositions for the 21-string West African kora are without precedent. His recent work includes transcriptions and improvisations based on the work of other Malian composer/performers such as Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko, Salif Keita and Fanta Sacko, as well as his own compositions based on the music of the Western Cape of South Africa. His recording, Libraries on Fire, explores kora duets on solo guitar.

“The result is astounding…It’s hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar.” - Afropop Worldwide

“…depthless beauty….a staggering achievement on solo guitar.” - Songlines Magazine
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About Derek Gripper
Genres:
African, Classical Crossover, Instrumental, Guitar Virtuoso
Hometown:
Cape Town, South Africa

South African guitarist Derek Gripper released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the alb...
Read More