Bach Sonata and Partita I - 2017 Session

by Derek Gripper

Adagio 03:40
Fuga 04:26
Siciliana 01:58
Presto 04:20
Allemanda 05:21
Corrente 02:49
Sarabande 02:36


This was recorded over two sessions at Sound and Motion Studios in Cape Town by Simon Ratcliff using one Royer stereo microphone. The session was filmed by Mats Hjelm who also produced the album by saying “more Djellifilly” or “less Djellifilly.” The interpretations were inspired by a single night in Bamako listening to Djellifilly Sacko play the kora. This session was also filmed by Mats Hjelm. The poet Croc-e Moses was in situ.

The arrangements were made in the few months preceding, over Christmas, mostly late at night and in the early hours of the morning, in between moonlight swims.

The album stayed unreleased for over a year because I couldn’t decide how to release it. Then I realised I needed to re-record it because after more than a year of performing the arrangements everything had changed.

So I make this available in preparation for the new recording. All proceeds will go to the session costs of the new recording.


released September 22, 2018

Cover image Kim Rudner 2018
Recorded by Simon Ratcliff at Sound and Motion Studios


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Derek Gripper Cape Town, South Africa

Derek Gripper creates original music from his diverse influences: Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Arvo Part, and Egberto Gismonti. Derek has also spent many years performing and recording his own translations of Bach’s violin and cello music, infusing his interpretations with his lessons from the oral traditions of Africa. ... more

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