(born December 5, 1947) is a Brazilian composer, guitarist and pianist. He cites Villa Lobos as one of his greatest musical influences, continuing to draw on Brazilian folk music within the context of jazz and classical composition. Gismonti’s unique guitar style incorporates elements drawn from musicians as wide-ranging as Django Reinhardt and Jimi Hendrix.
Selva Amazonia (orig. eight-string steel)
Sete Aneis / Seven Rings (orig. piano, synth, cello)
2 Violoes / 2 Guitars (orig. two guitars)
Ano Zero / Before the Beginning (orig. piano)
Salvador (orig. ten-string guitar)
Dança das Cabeças (orig. ten-string guitar)
Carmem (orig. contrabass, guitar, cello)
Lundu (orig. ten-string guitar)
Bianca (orig. eight-string guitar)
comes from a long family tradition of kora players including his father Sidiki Diabaté, who recorded the first ever kora album in 1970. His family’s oral tradition tells of 71 generations of musicians preceding him. In 1988 Diabaté released his first album in the West, a solo album entitled Kaira, also the first solo kora recording in history.
Tubaka (orig. kora)
Cantelowes / Jarabi (orig. kora)
Kaira (orig. kora)
Kaounding Cissoko / Alla L’Aa Ke (orig. kora)
Djourou Kara Nany (Alexander the Great) (orig. kora)
Konkoba (orig. kora)
Elyne Road (orig. kora)
Ali Farka Toure and Vieux Farka Toure
(October 31, 1939 – March 7, 2006) was a Malian singer and guitarist, and one of the African continent’s most internationally renowned musicians. His music is widely regarded as representing a point of intersection of traditional Malian music and its North American cousin, the blues.
Cinquante Six (‘56)
Heitor Villa Lobos
(March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, described as “the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music.” His music was influenced both by Brazilian folk music and by the stylistic elements of European classical music.
Preludes and Etudes
Trenzinho do Caipira / Little Train of the Caipira arr. Gismonti/Gripper
(born 1922 in the Eastern Cape province) is a South African musician playing uhadi (gourd resonated bow), umhrubhe (mouth bow), and the isitolotolo (jews harp). She is regarded as a national treasure.
Mna Ndiyayithanda Imotokali / I Like the Motorcar (orig. umhrubhe/mouthbow)
Ballaké Cissoko and Vincent Segal
Ma-Ma FC (orig. kora and cello)
Chamber Music (orig. kora and cello)
Luis de Narváez
(1526–49) was a Spanish composer and vihuelist. Highly regarded during his lifetime, Narváez is known today for Los seys libros del delphín, a collection of music for the vihuela, an instrument which resembled the modern day guitar in tuning and construction.
Cancion del Emperador / Song for the Emporer (orig. vihuela)
Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works consisting of three sonatas da chiesa, in four movements, and three partitas, in dance-form movements. The set was completed by 1720, but were largely ignored until the celebrated violinist Josef Joachim started performing them. Today, Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas are an essential part of the violin repertoire, and they are frequently performed and recorded.
Sonata and Partitas – ‘ Six Solo’ (orig. violin)
Koortjie for the Kommetjie Whales
The Veldskoen of Manie Kruger
Tikkie is nie Meer nie
Sai Goes Round and Round
Big Bryon’s Little Room
Oom Jan se Skorsies
by Derek Gripper for guitar and strings
Spore by die Bek van n Ystervarkgat