Derek Gripper:
Music from the Strings of Mali

NEARLY SOLD OUT!

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

Monday Jan 22, 7pm

Step into the iconic Geelong West Town Hall!

Geelong West Town Hall
153 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218
About
Flying all the way from South Africa, Derek Gripper presents “Music from the Strings of Mali”, an unforgettable concert featuring a unique blend of West African rhythms, timeless Classical, and inspiring melodies from Toumani Diabaté, Arvo Pärt and Bach.

Gripper has gained international acclaim for his groundbreaking work in transcribing and recording some of the most intricate compositions of the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp, onto acoustic guitar. His groundbreaking technique of translating these sounds offer music lovers a unique immersive musical exploration that bridges continents and genres.

Gripper’s transformative journey began with the release of his first album, ‘One Night on Earth’, his initial venture into kora translations. The album drew praise from celebrated classical guitarist, John Williams, who proclaimed it “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it”, while kora maestro Toumani Diabaté asked for confirmation that it was indeed just one person playing.

Both invited Derek to collaborate with them: Derek performed with Williams in London’s Shakespeare’s Globe and King’s Place, and with Diabaté and his Symmetric Orchestra at the Acoustik Festival Bamako, Mali. His 2016 Carnegie Hall debut paired him with Mali’s Trio da Kali, and the UK’s Songlines honoured him with best album in Africa and the Middle East for his 2016 album “Libraries on Fire.”

Derek’s ground-breaking exploration continues through recent recordings such as ‘A Year of Swimming’, ‘Billy Goes to Durban’, and ‘Sleep Songs for My Daughter’, introducing 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.

What others are saying....

What others are saying....

“Gripper has cracked it… his playing has a depthless beauty, which does full justice to the complexity of Toumani’s compositions. To do so without any hint of the music being dumbed down is a staggering achievement on solo guitar.”

— NIGEL WILLIAMSON, SONGLINES MAGAZINE

 

“Gripper has cracked it… his playing has a depthless beauty, which does full justice to the complexity of Toumani’s compositions. To do so without any hint of the music being dumbed down is a staggering achievement on solo guitar.”

— NIGEL WILLIAMSON, SONGLINES MAGAZINE

 

“More than a labour of love, Gripper has brought a new purity to the dream-like improvisatory nature of these compositions. My recording of the year, so far!”

— TIM PANTING, CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE

 

“More than a labour of love, Gripper has brought a new purity to the dream-like improvisatory nature of these compositions. My recording of the year, so far!”

— TIM PANTING, CLASSICAL GUITAR MAGAZINE

 

“The result is astounding, not just for its technical brilliance, but its musicality. Gripper executes these pieces with the precision and attention to detail one might expect from a great classical musician… It’s hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar.”

— BANNING EYRE, AFROPOP WORLDWIDE

“The result is astounding, not just for its technical brilliance, but its musicality. Gripper executes these pieces with the precision and attention to detail one might expect from a great classical musician… It’s hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar.”

— BANNING EYRE, AFROPOP WORLDWIDE

$1.50 of every ticket is donated to Bridges for Music

Bridges for Music has been empowering young talent from under-served communities in South Africa since 2013. 

Bridges for Music is a non profit organisation focused on empowering young talent from under-served communities to become creative change-makers, providing 21st century- tools and equipping them with the psychosocial and entrepreneurial skills to thrive in the creative industries.

State of the art sound

State of the art sound

Klear Sonic Designs (KSDesigns) is now the Australian distributor for Tectonic Audio Labs (TAL) DML speakers.

The DML500 high-output Distributed Mode Loudspeaker uses bending wave technology to provide excellent diffuse acoustic performance and high intelligibility in challenging environments.

This exceptional sound system will be used in this concert, thanks to support from KSDesigns

Tickets

Location
Geelong West Town Hall
153 Pakington St, Geelong West VIC 3218
Time
(Jan 22nd: Monday) 7pm – 8:20pm
Cost
Section A ($59) SOLD OUT!
Section B ($49) NEARLY SOLD OUT!
Section C ($39)
Section D ($29)

Wheelchair seating: Please purchase a Section D ticket then email michael@concertsaustralia.com to request a wheelchair space.
Companion Cards are accepted.

Additional fees and charges: GST and a 3.9% booking fee will be added to your order

Please note: Online bookings only! No tickets available at the door

Questions? Please contact michael@concertsaustralia.com

General Info and F.A.Q.

⏳ Duration: 80 minutes. No intermission. (Doors open 30 mins prior to the start time)
👤 Age requirement: 8 years old or older. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
♿ Accessibility: This venue is wheelchair accessible
🪑 Seating is assigned on a first come first served basis in each section
🦮 Animals are not allowed, except for service animals
🎟 Tickets cannot be purchased at the door. Online bookings only

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