One of the greatest pleasures of moving (and, boy, I’ve done a lot of that!) has been having the opportunity to meet many people around the world, many of whom I may not have crossed paths with otherwise.
In January 2012, when I returned to Berklee, I needed to take some Classical theory classes as part of my degree requirements. Even though I had taken these classes at UMKC (13 years earlier!), I decided to not test out of these classes. Who doesn’t need a brush-up on the rules of chorale writing and counterpoint, let alone all those crazy Augmented 6 chords?!? Because of that decision, I ended up having a class with the amazing guitarist, classical composer, and film director Apostolos Paraskevas as my professor.
Two years later, Apostolos has become a very dear friend – to both me, and my husband Ciaran. Apostolos performed his first solo recital of his own repertoire this past week at Berklee College of Music. There is a long back-story as to why he had not been performing, but to summarize, both life and physical injuries had gotten in the way. Overcoming giant obstacles (and having been told that he would never play again), Apostolos heroically took on the challenge of this recital – and asked Ciaran and I to perform on it with him.
The link below is to a beautiful guitar and violin duet by Apostolos – “A Simple Life and Some Tea, Please…” – performed by the pair of us last week, Feb 12, 2014, at the David Friend Recital Hall at Berklee College of Music.
I hope that you, the listener, enjoy it – but I hope even more that there will be many more opportunities to make music with this amazing artist!