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Last year, we were thrilled to play a role hosting Guitar CoOp’s interview with Christopher Parkening here in the GSI showroom. This past month, all four parts of the series were released and the entire interview is now available!
Throughout the interview, Parkening touches on many fascinating subjects including his early life with the guitar, studies with Andres Segovia, recording CD’s with Columbia Records, and his experience working with legendary composers including Elmer Bernstein, John Williams, Joaquin Rodrigo, and more.
Here’s Alex Park playing Sunburst by Andrew York (Alex’s current teacher). The piece was made famous by York, of course, but also by John Williams and by Alex’s former teacher Christopher Parkening, and Alex does a beautiful job, playing it on a lovely 1993 Paul Fischer ‘Virtuoso’ model in spruce and CSA rosewood.
Here – quite apprpriately, given the recent passing of Bernd Martin – is Wesley Park playing Bach’s Jesu Joy of Man’s desiring on a beautiful Bernd Martin 40th Anniversary model guitar in spruce and CSA rosewood. The 40th Anniversary models were a limited run of 8 guitars built by Bernd to celebrate 40 years of luthiery (1976-2016) and we were lucky to have seen two of them.
Here are the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, playing Spanish Dance #1 from La Vida Breve by Manuel de Falla on a gorgeous pair of Pepe Romero guitars – numbers 160 and 260, both part of the ‘zeros collection’ that had been part of the Romero family’s personal collection until now and have just recently become available for sale. #160 is a redwood and maple guitar from 2009 and #260 is a cedar and Indian guitar from 2016. Both guitars were made by Pepe Jr. for his father and bear inscriptions to that effect.
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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.