The CNN Session

by Derek Gripper



I made this in around an hour a few weeks ago as part of the CNN special being filmed about me. There have been no later edits or manipulations of any kind. The second side includes an improvisation on Spiegel, otherwise the other three pieces touched upon are original compositions.

The idea was to explore spontaneous recording. Absolutely no edits and no prior plan in terms of what I was going to play. Just leave the tape rolling for around 15 minutes, then commit. Then another 15 minutes. Nothing that I played has been left out, including tuning during the session. It made for a really creative and intense session of playing.

The sessions were filmed by Luke Young.


released September 22, 2018

Recorded by Simon Ratcliff at Sound and Motion Studios
video by Luke Younge
Compositions by Derek Gripper
Mic loaned by Aki Khan of Eastern Acoustics


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Derek Gripper New York, New York

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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