Kaki King & Derek Gripper



Acclaimed guitarists Kaki King and Derek Gripper in an exclusive double-bill performance.

Hailed by Rolling Stone as ‘a genre unto herself,’ Kaki King is a true iconoclast. The Brooklyn-based composer and guitarist has released eight extraordinary and distinctive albums and her latest work The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki at her visionary best: redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination and boundless humanity. This ground breaking new multi-media performance uses projection mapping to present the guitar as a blank canvas, where luminous visions are cast onto her signature Ovation Adamas guitar which has been customised specifically for this production.

For more than 10 years, Derek Gripper has produced some of South Africa’s most extraordinary music with his unique ability to interpret complex compositions played with the Kora — a 21-stringed traditional West African lute for solo guitar. The result is nothing short of extraordinary. Drawing on traditions from European Classical to avant-garde Brazilian works, from Malian Kora to Cape Town Folk and even Classical Indian music. Gripper fuses these diverse approaches seamlessly and makes them his own. His tenth studio album Libraries on Fire has been lauded by critics worldwide and has firmly galvanised his place on the world music landscape.

Don’t miss two of the world’s most celebrated guitarists as they play an intimate double-bill concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall.

Please note, due to a family emergency Marc Ribot has regretfully withdrawn from his performance in this concert. Marc hopes to make it up to his Australian fans with new tour dates as soon as possible.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre





7.30pm – 8.40pm: Kaki King
9.10pm – 10.40pm: Derek Gripper