Derek Gripper announces one-off concert at Maynardville Open Air Theatre

Celebrated guitarist, Derek Gripper explores various music genres of the world and returns with a showcase live under the stars on Sunday, 24 February 2019.

For one night only, the Cape Town based musician will treat the audience to a guitar improvisation which draws on African songs (Salif Keita, Baaba Maal etc), European classical traditions, avant-garde Brazilian music, Malian kora, Cape Town folk, and even Indian classical music.

Gripper has developed a unique interpretation of traditional African compositions, practically developing his own genre for solo guitar.

His records and concerts have earned him high praise in many corners of the music world, including invitations from Mali to perform with kora virtuoso, Toumani Diabate, invites to collaborate with classical guitar legend John Williams, and a solo show at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

“I perform mostly in other countries, very rarely in Cape Town at the moment. Maynardville has become the perfect place to change this, starting with last year’s concert,” Gripper explains. “In this performance I will share what I have learned on the road over the past few years, in slowly evolving a new guitar language based in African music, but fusing this with the languages of all the other music I love.”

Tickets are available at Computicket.

And if you need reminding as to exactly how great Gripper is, watch his Tiny Desk Concert from 2016.