I don't know much about Malian kora music. But after listening to Derek's interpretations on classical guitar, I know I really should. Each track of this album is a gentle emotion.
Favorite track: Tubaka (Love).
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First released by Matsuli Music, this 180g heavyweight vinyl edition of Derek Gripper's mesmerising kora interpretations features original Toumani Diabate compositions and the classic tracks Jarabi, Kaira, Konkoba and Tubaka.
Includes unlimited streaming of One Night on Earth: Music for the Strings of Mali via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more
Includes unlimited streaming of One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali
via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
One Night on Earth, recorded in a single all night session, includes Derek Gripper’s extraordinary interpretation of the Malian kora on guitar. This CD features the compositions of legendary Malian musicians Toumani Diabate, Ali Farka Toure, Ballake Sissoke and the French cellist, Vincent Segal.
The kora which is a 21 string African harp-lute made from a skin covered calabash with a hardwood neck is described by Derek Gripper as “one of the most complex instruments in Africa, an instrument able to perform bass lines and harmonic accompaniment while simultaneously improvising virtuosic melodic lines, creating the impression of a three-piece ensemble on just one instrument.”
“Gripper has cracked it…his playing has a depthless beauty, which does full justice to the complexity of Toumani’s compositions. To do so without any hint of the music being dumbed down is a staggering achievement on solo guitar…Gripper’s record genuinely complements Toumani’s music, and the more resonant sonorities of the guitar give the record its own baroque attraction…Gripper’s extensive liner notes are a tour de force, too – it’s one of the most perceptive and insightful pieces ever written about the kora and the compositional qualities of Toumani’s unique music.” [Nigel Williamson, Songlines Magazine] read full review
“…one of the most atmospheric recordings of guitar music, of any kind, that I have heard…Derek Gripper has been grappling with the almost overwhelming task of ‘transcribing’ the music of the Kora to the solo guitar. More than a labour of love, Gripper has brought a new purity to the dream-like improvisatory nature of these compositions…the music is mesmerising…the phrases never seem to repeat themselves, although they also appear to move in concentric circles whilst soaring above you in the sky….The drones and ornamentation intertwine in a rich, beguiling counterpoint. My recording of the year, so far!” [Tim Panting Classical Guitar Magazine UK]
”The result is astounding, not just for its technical brilliance, but its musicality. Gripper executes these pieces with the precision and attention to detail one might expect from a great classical musician…It’s hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar, particularly from a person who has done it all his own way.” (Banning Eyre, Afropop Worldwide) Read the full review
an “extraordinary set of instrumentals…with a unique and quite astonishing guitar technique…at the same time tributes and also very intense, personal takes on the originals…there is a feeling of freedom that is liberating to listen to…he succeeds magnificently…A true synthesis and a great album.” [Ian Kearey, fRoots]
“Doing sublime justice to this music on six strings is an incredible achievement…enormously successful…this music is more about Agape than Eros. As with the excellent album, it is music that leaves you feeling a little more than human, a little better than human. [Chris Roper, Mail and Guardian] Read full review
“Gripper has created more than just transcriptions of kora music but has given listeners a sincere and thoughtful album of music. The synthesis of transcription and personal arranging is what makes this a spectacular achievement on guitar. Gripper is so at home with this music and that makes it more special than most albums I hear on classical guitar. Never do I feel he is struggling or ‘trying’ to pull something off.” [Bradford C. Werner, This is Classical Guitar Read full review"
"For One Night on Earth, [Gripper] does not merely expose the voluminous rotundity of each quivering string, he takes the six strings traditionally allocated to Western guitar and transplants them into the world of the 21-string kora. It is an audacious operation which, in lesser hands, would prove disrespectful and, possibly, disastrous. But Gripper…is a master musician.” [Mick Raubenheimer, Rolling Stone]
released May 12, 2012
ONE NIGHT ON EARTH ~ Music from the Strings of Mali
DEREK GRIPPER ~ SOLO GUITAR
by Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal
arranged and performed by Derek Gripper
Recorded by Howard Butcher at Rivendel Church
Mastered at Peace of Eden Studios, Knysna, South Africa
Produced by Derek Gripper for New Cape Records
Cover Design by twoshoes.co.za
Cover photo by Simon Attwell
Guitar by Hermann Hauser III
Jarabi, Kaira, Konkoba,Tubaka, Kaounding Cissoko, Djourou Kara Nany and Elyne Road by Toumani Diabaté and published by BMG
'56 and Bakoye (Cherie) by Ali Farka Touré, published by World Circuit
Chamber Music by Ballaké Sissoko, published by No Format (Sacem)
Ma-Ma F.C by Vincent Segal (Sacem), unpublished
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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