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Here are the Park Brothers – Alex and Wesley – playing Emilio Pujol’s transcription of Enrique Granados’ Goyescas on a pair of new La Cañada guitars, both based on the Torres FE 17 ex Tarrega, but one in an antiqued look (the model 17A) played by Wesley, and the other in a clean French polish (the model 17) played by Alex.
Here’s Wesley Park playing Sylvius Leopold Weiss’ Passacaglia on a gorgeous 1953 Manuel de la Chica classical that belonged Maestro Pepe Romero. The Romeros have been champions of de la Chica’s guitars for decades, and they believe, as we do, that he was one of the greatest luthiers of the 20th century.
We have more of the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, this time playing Drewries Accordes as transcribed by Patrick Russ and Christopher Parkening, with Wesley playing a fantastic 1953 Manuel de la Chica in mahogany and spruce that belonged to Pepe Romero, and Alex playing a great 2009 Jose Ramirez 2a in spruce and Indian rosewood.
Brothers Alex and Wesley Park came back to play some more duos for us. Here they are playing le Rossignol as transcribed by Patrick Russ and Christopher Parkening. Wesley plays a 2002 Richard Howell in cedar and Indian rosewood and Alex plays a 1969 Edgar Monch in spruce and Indian rosweood.
A client gave us the idea to do some videos of some fantastic Simplicio guitars we have at the moment (it’s rare enough to have one, much less two, and from consecutive years!) alongside a 2010 John Weissenrieder ‘Simplicio’. It seemed very appropriate to play some Tarrega on these guitars, so Alex played Lagrima on the Weissenrieder and a 1929 Simplicio with a spruce top and CSA rosewood back and sides, and Recuerdos de la Alhambra on the Weissenrieder and a great 1928 Simplicio, also spruce but with satinwood back and sides (like the Weissenrieder).
Here’s Wes Park again, this time playing Andrew York’s Woven World from his Woven Harmony suite, on a beautiful 2016 Annette Stephany ‘Garcia’ model that is very much inspired by the 1906 Enrique Garcia guitar owned by her friend and mentor Lorenzo Frignani. You can buy the music to Woven World and a lot of Andrew York’s music here.
Here’s Wesley Park back at GSI playing Bach’s Prelude from the Cello Suite #1 on a beautiful 1972 Ramirez 1a that really just exemplifies everything we love about Ramirez guitars, and the traditional Shaker hymn Simple Gifts, by John and BJ Sutherland as arranged by Ronald Ravenscroft on a great 2016 Fernando Moreno guitar that Wesley really pushes (as the piece calls for) and holds up beautifully.
Here are the Park brothers, Wesley and Alex, playing Manuel de Falla’s The Miller’s Dance on two Herman Hauser III guitars – Wesley plays a 1988 cedar and CSA rosewood guitar and Alex plays a 1999 spruce and maple guitar – and Andrew York’s Evening Dance on two new Jose Ramirez guitars – Wesley plays a 2016 1a C650-A in spruce and Indian rosewood and Alex plays a 2016 1a C650-AP in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Brothers Alex and Wesley Park are both are students of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine – Alex just finished his undergrad degree and Wesley will be a Junior this Fall. They came in together to record some duos and we also recorded some classic solo pieces while they were here. Here’s Alex playing Albeniz’ Leyenda on a fantastic 1966 Ramirez ‘AM’ and Wesley playing Bach’s Prelude No. 1 from the Well Tempered Clavier on a 2006 Dake Traphagen ’35th Anniversary’ model. Look out for the duos next week.