Derek Gripper: South African GuitaristBack to Listings
Venue: Hermann's Jazz Club
Type: On-Going Events
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Hermann's Jazz Club
Address: 753 View Street Victoria, BC V8W 1J9
South African guitarist Derek Gripper discovered a delicate and breathtaking new art-form in his transcriptions of the Malian kora, a 21-string harp, breathing new life into ancient African musical heritage. Inspired by the music of West African musicians such as Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko and Ali Farka Touré, Gripper painstakingly transcribed their compositions, resulting in a magical collection of African guitar arrangements. Gripper’s works bring the traditional music of Africa to life on the mainstream stage, a feat that classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” Derek’s “guitar has found the Kora-playing spirit, he captures the magic bound up in the way it is played”, says Williams, who invited Derek back a second time to collaborate in “The John Williams Series” at London’s Globe Theatre in June 2015, where the two musicians performed duets based on Diabaté’s kora works. When kora sensation Toumani Diabaté first heard Gripper’s recordings, he immediately extended the offer to collaborate, inviting Gripper to perform at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016.