Derek Gripper: Music from the Strings of Mali

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Derek Gripper: Music from the Strings of Mali

13 February 2024 | Albany Town Hall

“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. 

Tuesday 13 February 2024

7pm - 8.20pm (Doors open at 6.30pm)

Albany Town Hall

Tickets $29 - $49 available from

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.

Wheelchair/disabled seating: Please purchase a Balcony ticket then email [email protected] to request a disabled seat. Companion Cards are accepted.

IMPORTANT NOTE: There is no disabled access to the balcony seating, you will be seated in section A but only charged for the Balcony seating price.

Event Details

Time: 7pm – 8:20pm (doors open 6.30pm)

Location: Albany Town Hall

Venue: Albany Town Hall

Cost: $29 - $49

Category: General

Type: General

Audience: All Ages


Contact: Albany Town Hall

Organisation: City of Albany - Arts and Culture

Phone: 08 6820 3853

Email: [email protected]

Event Date(s)

  • Tuesday 13th February 2024

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