Derek Gripper will return from an eight city tour of North America to play a single night at Maynardville on Sunday, February 25. His unique translations of West African music have earned him high praise in many corners of the music world, with invitations coming from Mali to perform with kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate and offers to perform yearly concerts with classical guitar legend John Williams, as well as almost monthly tours of North America, Europe and Asia, both solo and in collaboration with musicians such as North Indian slide guitar master Debashish Battacharya.
Derek Gripper’s most recent recording, ‘Libraries on Fire’ was followed by a recording of the solo violin works of Bach, interpreted according to West African traditions and creating a conversation between classical traditions East and West, North and South.
After recording nine albums of original material, Gripper spent untold hours of painstaking work to transcribe note-for-note the complex compositions of Malian kora virtuoso Toumani Diabate and find a way of playing them on classical six-string guitar. The results appeared on his 2012 album, ‘One Night on Earth’, marking a meeting point of the written tradition of Western classical music and the oral tradition of the West African griots, and catapulting Gripper onto the world stage. His follow up album, ‘Libraries on Fire’ in 2015 won a Songlines Award for Best Album from Africa and the Middle East and was followed by a Carnegie Hall debut in 2015.
Derek Gripper is one of South Africa’s top international touring artists, playing venues like The Royal Albert Hall, Lincoln Centre, Kennedy Centre, Royal Concert Glasgow, Shakespeare’s Globe, as well as some of the world’s top music festivals in Sweden, UK, and the USA.
* The show starts at 7.45pm, with tickets costing R150 to R180 through Computicket and Artscape on 021 421 7695.
Visit www.derekgripper.com for more information.