Derek Gripper:
Music from the Strings of Mali

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

Tuesday Jan 23, 7pm

Mount Eliza Community Hall

90-100 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza VIC 3930

“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.

$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.


Mount Eliza Community Hall
90-100 Canadian Bay Rd,
Mount Eliza, VIC 3930

(Jan 23rd: Tuesday) 7pm – 8:20pm

Section A ($66)
Section B ($55)
Section C ($39)
Section D ($29)
Wheelchair seating: Please purchase a Section D ticket then email to request a wheelchair space.
Companion Cards are accepted.

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

Questions? Please contact

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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