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      Derek Gripper

      Cap Global Roots

      Presentation House Theatre

      Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 8pm


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       “…his playing has a depthless beauty, which does full justice to the complexity of Toumani’s compositions.” ~Songlines Magazine

      What happens when a classical guitarist from Capetown, South Africa discovers the kora (a 21 string lute)? A delicate and breathtaking new art form that is bringing Malian kora music to new audiences world-wide. Based on the music of such well known West African griots as Toumani Diabaté, Ballaké Sissoko and Ali Farka Touré, Derek Gripper spent an agonizing amount of hours transcribing their music, and many others’ for the classical guitar. The result is a combination of European classical music, avant-garde Brazilian works, Cape Town folk styles and Indian classical music, with the melodies and rhythms of traditional Malian music at the centre. Although Gripper has played this style since 2002 he didn’t meet Diabaté until January of this year, after which the master called him, “my white twin.” Join us for a night with one of world music’s leading guitarists who is forging fresh paths through cross-genre and cross-cultural collaborations, creating a concert experience that you won’t forget.


      About Presentation House Theatre

      Presentation House Theatre is housed in the Presentation House Arts Centre which was built in 1902 as a school, for grades one to twelve. In 1913 it was taken over by the City of North Vancouver and became a “temporary” City Hall for 62 years. It was used as a Police Station, a Justice building and housed the City’s Engineering Department until 1975. When the City of North Vancouver announced they would be building a new City Hall, the North Vancouver Community Arts Council requested that the building be given to the community for use as an art centre for the North Shore. The Anne MacDonald Studio building was formerly St. Johns Anglican Church and was built in 1899. After its use as a church, it became a church hall, and later the Scout Hall. In 1973, the congregation decided to replace its original church and offered the building as a gift to the City, if it was moved to a new site. The Arts Council recognized the benefits of the building, both for its historical value and as a character space for the arts and asked that it be added to the arts centre by moving it to site at 3rd and Chesterfield. For more information visit: