RTV: Guy Klucevsek

Release Date: Sunday, April 30, 2006

In this RTV episode Guy Klucevsek performs four pieces on his accordion, which he composed for music theater titled “Squeezeplay.”

Among his approximately 30 dance and theatre scores is a piece for music theater, “Squeezeplay.” It was produced through a collaboration: a composer, Mary Ellen Childs; performers, David Dorfman and Dan Hurlin; dancers, Victoria Marks and Claire Porter; a saxophonist, composer, and performer, Dan Froot. The first piece is a lilting tune in changing 3/4 and 2/4 time for a dance by Claire Porter called “Clairvoyant.” “Waltz Waltz” is in a slow, nostalgic, and autumnal triple meter. Next is “The Heart of the Andes,” the title piece for a theater work by Dan Hurlin. The solemn and noble harmonies are balanced by a sweet melismatic melody. “Inside Score” was composed for a video by Victoria Marks, which consists of surreal and nostalgic images, appears as a thought bubble and also in full screen as Klucevsek performs. Following the performance, Klucevsek discusses the popularity of the accordion in the 1950s and his encounter with John Zorn and many other contemporary musicians.

Performance date: 04/30/2006
Episode release date: 04/28/2010
Host: Phoebe Legere

An accordionist composer, Guy Klucevsek has created a repertoire unlike that of any other accordionists. He commissioned over 50 works from composers who exhibited a wide range of musical imagination, from the plaintively melodic to the energetic and quirky. He has performed throughout Australia, Europe, and the United States, and, in 1996, he formed an international group called The Accordion Tribe, which toured and recorded. Klucevsek has issued several solo recordings and has also recorded with Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Robin Holcomb, Pauline Oliveros, RÍlache, and many other new music artists.