Derek Gripper’s concerts explore the dialogue between the disparate styles that have informed his work to date: kora, Bach, South African jazz, contemporary classical and large scale improvisations. Quotations of Bach, Malian songs, virtuosic kora compositions, Southern African bow music, and avant garde Brazilian guitar music, combine to create a new solo guitar performance repertoire which is at once intimate and
explosive, improvised and composed, traditional and new. The guitar is explored in all its possibilities–even the tuning and retuning becomes part of the instrument’s musical resources–converting it from moment to moment to new tonalities and resonances as the music finds the common ground between Derek’s diverse interests and abilities. This kind of extended improvisation and recomposition of such diverse repertoire presents a new possibility for African Guitar and a new expression of the music of great African composers.
Derek Gripper is offered jointly with FLi Artists.
Derek is available solo; duo with Yacouba Sissoko on kora; duo with Mike Block on cello