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Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper

Mar 8th 2019 @ Union Hall

Rockport, ME
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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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Music@Dusk
Friday, March 8th, 2019
6:00 PM
Union Hall
24 Central St, Rockport, ME 04856
From Cape Town, Derek Gripper transcribes the kora music of Mali, including the music of Toumani Diabaté and other West African composers, for classical six-string guitar. The results mark a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots. Reacting to his ninth album release, "One Night On Earth" guitar legend John Williams said he thought it was "absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it". Toumani Diabaté himself asked for confirmation that it was indeed just one person playing one guitar. Both immediately invited Derek to collaborate with them, Williams at three different concerts in London, and Diabaté at the Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali. Derek’s latest album, "Libraries on Fire" won a Songlines Award for Best African and Middle Eastern Album 2017. Derek’s next releases are a recording of Bach’s solo violin works, transcribed for guitar, a new record of African songs and a duo record with cellist Mike Block.

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Tickets:
Adults $30
Under age 25 $10
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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