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  • Derek Gripper
    Friday, November 4, 2016

  • 8:00 PM
    Crowell Concert Hall
    Wesleyan University
    271 Washington Street
    Middletown, CT 06457

  • Derek Gripper — Guitarist

    “It's hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar.”
    —Afropop Worldwide

    South African musician Derek Gripper conjures anew a centuries-old musical heritage, interpreting kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar. He has created a repertoire of arrangements of African music, based on transcriptions of works by Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, and others. Other influences on Mr. Gripper include the multiple layers in the music of Oliver Messiaen, the African-influenced structures of Steve Reich, and guitar arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

    $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $12 students