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Derek Gripper

Born: November 14, 1977    Primary Instrument: Guitar, acoustic

Derek Gripper

Derek Gripper is a composer and guitarist from the Western Cape of South Africa, merging “the imagery and mystery of the rural areas of the Cape” with the techniques of classical guitar and the string music of Africa (uhadi bow, umrhubhe, kora, guitar). Derek calls this new evolution of music New Cape describing it as a “rethinking of the Cape’s transcultural heritage.”

Derek’s solo performances draw on a wealth of original compositions, as well as works by J.S.Bach, Ali Farke Touré, Toumani Diabaté, Dembo Konté, Egberto Gismonti, Heitor Villa Lobos, Benjamin Britten, Toru Takemitsu, and Luis de Narvaez....
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”an open-minded fusion of classical and indigenous” [Art South Africa]

“exciting visionary…thrilling, vibrant.” [Argus]

“consistently fine and immediate.” [Mail and Guardian]

“Listening to Blomdoorns is being granted a moment of very intimate discourse, a glimpse of secret audio-emotional imagery…the songs are simple, modest and touching, a gifted artist.” [MR]

“Should go down as a classic of Cape music. Gripper follows in the footsteps of Steve Newman, Tony Cox, Abdullah Ibrahim and all the best painters of the Cape’s aural landscape.” [Julian Jonker]

RISING with Udai Mazumdar, 2010 KAI KAI, compositions for solo guitar, 2009 PRAYERS AND DANCES II, Bach, solo guitar, 2009 AYO, compositions for solo guitar, 2009 SONGS FOR THE SWANS LEFT BEHIND, Frankfurt, vinyl release, 2009 ALE!X, with Alex van Heerden, Brydon Bolton, 2009 BLOMDOORNS, eight string guitar, 2003 SAGTEVLEI, with Alex van Heerden, 2002

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