Klucevsek, Guy, American composer and accordionist; b. N.Y., Feb. 26, 1947. He grew up in a Slovenian community in Pa., where he learned to play polkas. He studied theory and composition at the Ind. Univ. of Pa. (B.A., 1969) and with Subotnick at the Univ. of Pittsburgh (M.A., 1971) and the Calif. Inst. of the Arts (1971-72). In 1980 he discovered the polkas of Cajun and Texan/Mexican origin, and in 1986 he invited a number of composers to contribute to his recording Polkas from the Fringe (1987). He also encouraged and created virtuoso accordion music in other styles, and premiered various works by composers including Henry Cowell, Lois Vierk, and John Zorn. Among his compositions are Sea Chandeliers for Gamelan (1985), Scenes from a Mirage for Accordion (1986), and Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse for Violin, Cello, and Accordion (1988).
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