Derek Gripper has miraculously discovered the ability to bring the dazzling polyrhythmic music of the West African Harp, the Kora, onto the classical guitar. Egberto Gismonti, Bach and Keith Jarrett are all elements of his musical DNA. We hang with Derek and he treats us to some live performances and stories of how he happened upon discovering this new world of music for the guitar.
A great hang with one of the greatest drummers of his generation, Eric Harland. We get into it about philosophy, meditation, his own journey, and what he’s learned from the masters like McCoy Tyner, Betty Carter and Charles Llyod. Eric will be coming to town with Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion April 24 at […]
A freewheeling interview with Zakir Hussain, widely hailed as one of the greatest percussionists of our time. Zakir Hussain is the son of Alla Rakha, the charismatic tabla player who helped Ravi Shankar capture a Western Audience (hint: you’ve seen him if checked out the Woodstock movie.) By the time Zakir was 11 he was touring […]