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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’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.
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.
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.
Here are brothers Alex Park and Wesley Park, both students of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine and both of whom have recorded videos at GSI as soloists, here playing John Williams guitar duet arrangement of Tarrega’s Recuerdos de la Alhambra. Wesley is playing a 2001 Tobias Braun and Alex is playing a new Tobias Berg.
Wesley Park is a student of Christopher Parkening at Pepperdine University (as is his brother Alex Park, whom you’ll recognize from the videos he’s done with us). Wesley played Carlo Domeniconi’s ‘Koyunbaba’ on a beautiful Felipe Conde Centenario model – a guitar that celebrates 100 years of the Esteso-Conde family history in guitar making.
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.
It’s been another amazing year for guitar music over here at GSI and as the year wraps up we’d like to take a moment to thank all of the amazing musicians who have lent us their time and talent to create the great videos we publish every week. We obviously couldn’t do any of it without them and we are extremely grateful for the music and for the friends we’ve made over the years in our quest to record every guitar we can get our hands on! So here, in more or less reverse order of appearance, are the artists who have shared their talent with us this year: