Discipline: Music Composition

Guy Klucevsek

Discipline: Music Composition
Region: Staten Island, New York
MacDowell Fellowships: 2014

I am a concert accordionist who specializes in composing for accordion, much of it solo, but also in combination with other instruments, e.g., multiple accordions (Accordion Tribe, Alan Bern), string trio (The Bantam Orchestra), duos with violin (Todd Reynolds) and saxophone (Phillip Johnston), and in small band contexts (Ain’t Nothin’ But a Polka Band).

Much of my music has been commissioned for collaborations from the worlds of dance, theatre, film, performance art, puppetry and object theatre, the audio book, and even the circus.

While many of my pieces are inspired by, and dedicated to, composers from the “art music” world—e.g., Béla Bartók, John Cage, Lou Harrison, György Ligeti, Astor Piazzolla, Erik Satie—just as many are inspired by accordion traditions from around the world, particularly eastern Europe and the Americas, as well as the Slovenian-American polka/waltz tradition I grew up with in western Pennsylvania. Find out about Guy's newest album here.


Irving Fine

Guy Klucevsek worked in the Irving Fine studio.

Youngstown Studio was given to MacDowell by friends of Miss Myra McKeown in Youngstown, OH, where she promoted both art and music. It was renamed Irving Fine Studio in 1972 in honor of Irving Fine, a distinguished composer, conductor, and teacher who was a MacDowell Fellow during the 1940s and 1950s. The simple interior of the studio…

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