April 15, 2018

Sunday, 8 PM

Brooklyn Bowl

61 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn


Co-presented with Brooklyn Bowl


$20 per night or $75 for a 4-day-pass | Get the 4-day pass


Standing room only | 21+

Doors: 6:00pm

Derek Gripper: 8:00pm

Trio Da Kali: 9:15pm


Trio Da Kali unites three outstanding musicians - a vocalist, balafonist and bass ngoni player - from the Mande culture of southern Mali, who all come from a long line of distinguished griots. Originally formed to develop a collaborative project with The Kronos Quartet, Trio Da Kali aims to bring a contemporary twist to ancient and neglected repertoires. Hawa Kassé Mady Diabaté, the daughter of legendary griot singer Kassé Mady Diabaté, is the vocalist and her rich, expressive voice and natural vibrato have inspired comparisons to Mahalia Jackson. Master balafonist Lassana Diabaté, one of Mali’s most astonishing musicians, is the musical director and the youngest member is bass ngoni player Mamadou Kouyaté, who brings a contemporary feel to the tradition - a technique which he learned from his father, world-renowned Grammy nominated ngoni player Bassekou Kouyaté. Their debut album with Kronos Quartet, entitled Ladilikan will be released September 15, 2017 on World Circuit Records.


Steeped in tradition, these three brilliant musicians give a new voice to timeless sounds.” – Songlines Magazine


With a background in classical music and Indian Carnatic music, Derek Gripper brings the guitar and the music of Africa to life in new and exciting ways.

In 2012, he released his ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, which conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.”

Derek’s project to create an African repertoire for the classical guitar - based on transcriptions of works by some of Africa’s greatest musicians - resulted in a growing collection of outstanding African Guitar arrangements, with works by Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko, Ali Farka Touré and others. His most recent release explores kora duets on solo guitar and The Kronos Quartet has premiered one of Derek’s arrangements for string quartet, continuing his work to bring “African guitar into the classical mainstream.” (Evening Standard).


His repertoire ranges from JS Bach to Egberto Gismonti, but it’s the kora music he plays on his guitar that really makes him stand out... Gripper created a real sense of intimacy and awareness of the sounds and silences of his instrument, sometimes softly humming along to the melody." - Songlines UK


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