Derek Gripper:
Music from the Strings of Mali

“I hear truth, I hear meaning, I hear love and I hear hope. At times I am overcome with emotion.” 
- UK Vibe

Saturday Sept 23, New York

At the Tony Bennett Concert Hall

Frank Sinatra School of the Arts High School
35-12 35th Ave, Queens, NY

7:30pm – 8:45pm

About
“Music from the Strings of Mali” with Derek Gripper is not just a concert; it’s an immersive musical exploration that bridges continents and genres. As a globally renowned South African guitarist, Gripper has rewritten the narrative of classical guitar by infusing it with the captivating sounds of the West African kora.

Gripper’s transformative journey began with the release of “One Night on Earth,” his initial venture into kora translations. Celebrated classical guitarist John Williams proclaimed it seemed “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it,” leading to collaborations that transcended borders, from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe to Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali. Even his debut at the revered Carnegie Hall saw Gripper performing alongside Mali’s Trio da Kali, an endorsement of his revolutionary approach to music.

His ground-breaking exploration didn’t stop there. Recent recordings like “A Year of Swimming,” “Billy Goes to Durban,” and “Sleep Songs for My Daughter” introduced original compositions and improvisations, each a testament to his dedication to evolving and challenging his musical style. Moreover, his Bach recordings have been a fascinating study in the symbiosis of African music and early European melodies, revealing an uncanny natural simplicity within their intricacies.

“Music from the Strings of Mali” promises a raw, authentic experience, a musical expedition that embodies the human spirit in its highs and lows, its mastery and its quest for learning. It’s about embracing the beauty of imperfection and transformation that makes music—and life—so compelling.

Derek will be joined by a very special guest for these concerts, Dublin’s own Redmond O’Toole!
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Location
Balmain Town Hall, 370 Darling St, Balmain NSW 2041
Time
(Saturday) 7:30pm - 8:30pm

American Tour

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Location
Robinson Theater Community Arts Center
2903 Q St, Richmond, VA 23223, United States
Time
(Thursday) 7pm – 8:20pm
Location
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, The Nolan Center
1524 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States
Time
(Saturday) 7pm – 8:20pm
Location
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, The Nolan Center
1524 35th St NW, Washington, DC 20007, United States
Time
(Sunday) 4pm – 5:20pm
Location
Philadelphia Ethical Society, Main Auditorium
1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Time

(Monday) 6:30pm – 7:50pm

Location
Philadelphia Ethical Society, Main Auditorium
1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
Time

(Monday) 8:30pm – 9:50pm

Derek Gripper: Music from the Strings of Mali

“One of the most interesting things I’ve heard on guitar in twenty years” – John Williams

About

“Music from the Strings of Mali” with Derek Gripper is not just a concert; it’s an immersive musical exploration that bridges continents and genres. As a globally renowned South African guitarist, Gripper has rewritten the narrative of classical guitar by infusing it with the captivating sounds of the West African kora.

Gripper’s transformative journey began with the release of “One Night on Earth,” his initial venture into kora translations. Celebrated classical guitarist John Williams proclaimed it seemed “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it,” leading to collaborations that transcended borders, from London’s Shakespeare’s Globe to Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali. Even his debut at the revered Carnegie Hall saw Gripper performing alongside Mali’s Trio da Kali, an endorsement of his revolutionary approach to music.

His ground-breaking exploration didn’t stop there. Recent recordings like “A Year of Swimming,” “Billy Goes to Durban,” and “Sleep Songs for My Daughter” introduced original compositions and improvisations, each a testament to his dedication to evolving and challenging his musical style. Moreover, his Bach recordings have been a fascinating study in the symbiosis of African music and early European melodies, revealing an uncanny natural simplicity within their intricacies.

“Music from the Strings of Mali” promises a raw, authentic experience, a musical expedition that embodies the human spirit in its highs and lows, its mastery and its quest for learning. It’s about embracing the beauty of imperfection and transformation that makes music—and life—so compelling.

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August 18, Durban

Location
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Mazisi Kunene Rd, Durban, 4001
Time
(Friday) 7:30pm – 9pm
Location
Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre
Mazisi Kunene Rd, Durban, 4001
Time
(Friday) 7:30pm - 9pm