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We have more of the Park Brothers, Alex and Wesley, this time playing Drewries Accordes as transcribed by Patrick Russ and Christopher Parkening, with Wedsley 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.
We have beautiful photos from German luthier Jochen Rothel of the guitar he is currently building for GSI – a cedar and satinwood classical that will be similar to this guitar from last year. Rothel’s workmanship is always impeccable (as you can see) and his guitars have a well-balanced and very refined sound. The guitar will be finished soon so look for it in the coming month or two!
We met Brig Urias earlier this year. He’s a student of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine and a fantastic young player. He came in with flutist Stephanie Yoon to record Avidity, a piece by another good friend of GSI, composer/guitarist Jon Roth. Brig plays a great 2016 Vladimir Druzhinin cedar and African rosewood guitar.
If you’re interested in the score or parts for Avidity you can contact Jon directly by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s Jonathan Roth with another one of his compositions, Nostalgia. Jon plays a great Kenneth Brogger ‘1890 Torres’ model, which is a near-exact reproduction of a Second Epoch Torres that Brogger had in his own collection for some time. After a few years in Southern California Jon has just moved with his family to Chicago, and we wish him all the best and hope he’ll drop in on us whenever he’s back in Los Angeles!
You can get the sheet music and TABs to Nostalgia by clicking here.
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.
Here’s Jonathan Roth with another one of his lovely compositions. This one is called Thank You and he plays it on a beautiful brand new Manuel Contreras II “10th Anniversary Premium Series” cedar-top – the top of the Contreras line with the absolutely best materials available and some gorgeous inlay and purfling.
We asked Jonathan about the piece and here’s what he had to say:
“In Your Arms” was composed during the summer of 2003. I remember taking my guitar to Memorial Park in Wheaton, Illinois one lazy afternoon. As I improvised, some motifs began to emerge and, in what seemed like no time at all, I was left with a brand new work. A couple of months later, I started my sophomore year at Pepperdine University where I played my new song for a friend. I asked if the repetition was tiresome. She said that it was not, but rather, it reminded her of rocking a baby to sleep. That is why I decided to name the piece, “In Your Arms.”