While out in Bombay, we visit the author Namita Devidayal, whose compelling new biography, The Sixth String of Vilayat Khan shines new light on the maestro’s genius. Namita, author of The Music Room, speaks about this poetic new work and reflects on both dark and light sides of her subject.
This episode will air on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY and www.wkcr.org on Sunday April 21, 2019 7pm EST.
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.
Derek Gripper was in NYC performing as part of the ongoing World in Trance Festival which continues April 11th and 12th in NYC.
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.