Derek Monypeny is a Joshua Tree, CA-based guitarist and oud player who has played in the bands Oaxacan, ALTO!, and Sir Richard Bishop’s Freak Of Araby Ensemble. He has performed and toured with artists such as Bill Orcutt, Jozef van Wissem, Eva Aguila/Kevin Shields, Arrington de Dionyso, and many others.
Derek was born and raised in the Arizona desert, and has taken great inspiration from desert guitarists whose playing so perfectly reflected their surroundings in its gnarled beauty, and all-pervasive individualism: Richard Bishop, Zoot Horn Rollo, Curt Kirkwood, Jesus Acedo, Bob Log III, and Howe Gelb to name a few. In recent years, he has discovered that same spirit in North African guitarists based in and around the Sahara desert, such as Seddoum ould Eide, Hammadi ould Nana, and Luleide ould Dendenni. Derek sees his music as part of a continuum of desert musicians around the world.
PRAISE FOR DEREK MONYPENY
“Derek, using tastefully deployed effects and small and patient gestures, digs deep into those thin places where all kinds of inner space visions can flourish. You could talk about the complex social organization and communication among undiscovered species of highly intelligent insects deep under the sands of Mars . . . or any pulsing pattern of pure electricity hurtling somewhere through deep space . . . or shortwave radio broadcasts of the latest tunes by mutant Touareg troubadours roaming the dark side of the moon . . . etcetera” -Larry Dolman, Blastitude magazine
“Monypeny…makes a stake for a conception of the parameters of variously translated formal/cultural/biological folk modes as the keys to the goddamn kingdom that is every bit as persuasive as Sun City Girls at their most alien.” -David Keenan, Volcanic Tongue