Author: Eric Burkhardt

When I heard that the Kahilu Theater was doing their first livestreaming concert and that it was going to be South African guitarist Derek Gripper, I immediately said, “I’m getting a ticket for that!” After all, it was the Kahilu that introduced me to Derek’s music when they brought him to Hawaii Island for an in-person show back on February 1, 2019. I was happily surprised at the time to discover an amazing solo fingerstyle guitarist that I had never heard of. The in-person concert was extraordinary, and this follow-up concert did not disappoint. The livestreaming concert was a first…

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Derek Gripper, a classically trained guitarist from Cape Town, South Africa, played Kahilu Theater on Friday, February 1, 2019. At least two of his albums were recorded in churches and, appropriately, Kahilu Theater felt a bit like a church on Friday night. With the blessing of Kahilu’s Artistic Director, Chuck Gessert, the hundred or so congregants left their ticketed seats and filled up the front and center rows of the venue before Derek took the stage and launched into a stunning two hours of virtuoso music-making. Derek opened the show with an extended piece that seemed to be a medley…

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