by Derek Gripper

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Compositions for solo 8-string guitar from 2001 and recorded by Dion duBiel in 2002, gently evoking the jazz inflected sounds of the Cape’s music. This music was composed and performed on the custom made eight-string guitar popularised by Scottish classical guitar Paul Galbraith. The instrument has one higher and one lower string than a normal guitar and is played with an endpin like a cello.

“Blomdoorns 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.”

“Listening to Blomdoorns is being granted a moment of very intimate discourse, a glimpse of secret audio-emotional imagery. Fittingly the entire album follows this sincere hush of tone - the songs are simple, modest and touching, a gifted artist incorporating his multiplicity of influences into the spot-lit dialect, distilling all into the fitting frame of a single acoustic guitar...a meditation coloured by interweaving tales and recollections, emotions...A beauty of understatement,'Blomdoorns' is a soundtrack for all lovers of jazz, folk, acoustic guitar and scenic afternoons. [Mick Raubenheimer, SA Rock Digest]


released January 1, 2003

Compositions by Derek Gripper. Recorded by Dion du Biel in 2002. 8-string guitar by Collin Cleveland.



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Derek Gripper Cape Town, South Africa

In “One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali”, Derek Gripper has arranged and performed on classical guitar the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballaké Sissoke and Vincent Segal. Songlines Magazine called the album ”a staggering achievement,” selecting the recording as a Top of the World album in March 2013. ... more

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