World Music on the radio

RootsWorld Radio Program #43

Guy Klucevsek: Composer/accordionist
Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy
with Todd Reynolds, violin

Selected works from a concert recorded on October 25, 2012 at Roulette in NYC


Part 1: Music for Solo Accordion 1982-2012

Awakening (1987)

Claire, Buoyant (2000)

Part 2: Music for Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore
a dance/theatre piece by Lionel Popkin

Opening* (2011) $

Three Hymnopedies (2010-11) $
in memory of Erik Satie

Gimme a Minute, Please (My Sequins Are Showing) (2008)
in honor of The Swingle Singers, commissioned by the Master Singers of Lexington, MA

The C&M Waltz (2009)
for my cousins, Charlie & Marian Bartosh

Hungarian Hummingbird (2001)
from “The Well-Tampered Accordion”

Ratatatatouille (2009)
in honor of Basque accordionist, Kepa Junkera

Micro Tap* (2012) $

Riding the Wild Tangaroo (2011) $

The Asphalt Orchid (2011) $$
in memory of Astor Piazzolla

Moose Mouth Mirror* (2011) $

Teetering on the Verge of Normalcy* (2011) $

* World Premiere
$ commissioned by Lionel Popkin
$$ commissioned by Lionel Popkin and The Flexible Orchestra

Guy Klucevsek is one of the world's most versatile and highly-respected accordionists. He has performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Alan Bern, Brave Combo, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Dave Douglas, Fred Frith, Bill Frisell, Rahim Alhaj, Robin Holcomb, Phillip Johnston, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Present Music, Relâche, and John Zorn.

A composer, accordion virtuoso, and improvisor, he has been a major contributor to the accordion renaissance of the last 25 years. His music reverberates with sounds of the ballroom, the beer garden and the concert hall, fusing elements of regional accordion styles with jazz and avant-garde music.

Performances include Ten Days on the Island (Tasmania), the Adelaide Festival, the Berlin Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival/USA, BAM Next Wave Festival, international accordion festivals in Vienna, Cotati (CA), and San Antonio, and the children's television show “Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.” His 1987 project, Polka From the Fringe, a collection of commissioned polkas by Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Carl Finch, et. al., premiered at New Music America '87 in Philadelphia, was presented on the 1988 BAM Next Wave Festival, and has toured around the world. The recordings of the project, on the Japanese eva label, were chosen as “best recordings of 1992” on WNYC-FM's “New Sounds” program. Out-of-print for the last 20 years, these landmark recordings have been reissued by the intrepid indie label, Starkland, in October, 2012, as a double cd set.

Klucevsek has released over 20 recordings as soloist/leader on Tzadik, Winter & Winter, Innova, Starkland, Review, Intuition, CRI, and XI. Stereo Review cited his 1995 Starkland recording, “Transylvanian Software,” as a “recording of special merit.” He can also be heard on John Williams's orchestral scores for the Steven Spielberg films, “The Terminal,” "Munich," “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and “The Adventures of Tin-Tin,” and on A. R. Rahman's score for “People Like Us.” He is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship.

Todd Reynolds, violinist, composer, educator and technologist is known as one of the founding fathers of the hybrid-musician movement and one of the most active and versatile proponents of what he calls 'present music'. The violinist of choice for Steve Reich, Meredith Monk, Bang on a Can, and founder of the string quartet known as ETHEL, his compositional and performance style is a hybrid of old and new technology, multi-disciplinary aesthetic and pan-genre composition and improvisation. Reynolds' music has been called “a charming, multi-mood extravaganza, playful like Milhaud, but hard-edged like Hendrix” (Strings Magazine), and his countless premieres and performances of everything from classical music to Jazz to Rock'n'Roll seem to redefine the concert hall and underground club as undeniably and unavoidably intertwined. His double CD set, Outerborough, on Innova Recordings, features InSide, a collection of his own music, paired with OutSide, music written by a veritable who's who of contemporary composers.

You can contact Guy Klucevsek and Todd Reynolds on their web sites.

Photos by Tom Steenland

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