Kai Kai

by Derek Gripper

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Bob Spector Another unclassifiable work: Is it jazz? Is it improvisational? Is it modern classical? Whose voice sings otherworldly on occasion? Full of likeable themes, but never saccharine: Gripper and accomplices favor tart over sweet. Above all it's interesting, involved, thoughtful music.. You can hear echoes of Brouwer here, but also -- well, perhaps this album also represents, in a way, much better guitarists channeling the spirit of John Fahey. Favorite track: Frankfurt.
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A collection of solo guitar music by Derek Gripper, Egberto Gismonti and Alex van Heerden. This recording represents compositions and arrangements from 2009, revisiting some of the South African flavour of Derek’s first release “Blomdoorns.”

“The songs flow gently into one another, and the album, when listened to as a whole, is...mesmerising. The melodies and themes are subtle, yet evoke a range of feelings and textures..."Kai Kai" is an intriguing sample of Gripper's musical journey and manages to be both beautifully simple and subtly layered with meaning.” [Douglas Roger for Music Industry Online]

“Kai Kai” is an inspiring album that like all good music grows on you, and becomes more enjoyable with each listen.” [Ettienne Buys, Cape Town Underground

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released January 1, 2009

Music by Derek Gripper, Egberto Gismonti and Alex van Heerden.

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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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