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Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern

1999-present

Guy Klucevsek:  accordion, compositions

Alan Bern:  accordion, piano, melodica, compositions

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Forget everything you thought you knew about the accordion.
- The Seattle Weekly

It’s like no accordion music you’ve heard before! 

Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern create music with imagination and soul, from the traditional to the eclectic and cutting-edge. 

Stephen Eddis from allmusicguide.com says, “The number of classical accordion virtuosos is small, but Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern are among its brightest lights.”

Klucevsek and Bern first played together in the 1998 project, Accordion Tribe II:  Four Accordions of the Apocalypse, which also included Pauline Oliveros and Amy Denio.  The duo debuted at The Kitchen (NYC) in 1999, and have since performed throughout Europe, including a performance at the Vienna International Accordion Festival.

Their program features music from their two recordings, Notefalls (2007) and Accordance (2000), both on the highly-regarded independent label, Winter & Winter (Munich).  

Othermusic.com says of their 2001 Winter &Winter release, Accordance, “These two are at the absolute height of their profession. I can think of none more proficient, skillful, diverse and adept in the small accordion-playing world… And when they both get boiling, it's hard to tell exactly how many accordions are in the room.”

 Their most recent release,  Notefalls, was called “absolutely beautiful and soul-stirring” by the CMJ New Music Report. The Chicago Reader said, "Klucevsek and Bern are stylistic polyglots, freely drawing upon all kinds of sources while maintaining gorgeous, meditative melodies and stunning harmonic interplay."

 
Alan Bern – accordion, keyboards, melodica 
Musician, ethnomusicologist, composer, pianist, accordionist and musical director, Alan Bern is the leader of the outstanding klezmer ensemble Brave Old World . The group's most recent CD, Song of the Lodz Ghetto, on the Winter & Winter label, was named best classical CD of 2005 by Newsday and one of the 10 best classical/world CD's by Billboard. Since 1987 Mr. Bern has been based in Berlin, Germany, where he composes and directs music for theater, dance and film projects. From 1994-97 he was Musical Director of the Bremen Municipal Theater. Mr. Bern's recent projects include the world premiere Yiddish production of the Threepenny Opera (Saidye Bronfman Theater, Montreal) a Mary Flagler Cary Trust commission for the Eliza Miller Dance Company, a commission for Brave Old World and I Musici de Montreal. Mr. Bern holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University and D.M.A. in music composition from Cincinnati Conservatory.

Guy Klucevsek and Todd Reynolds

2011-present

Guy Klucevsek:  accordion, compositions

 Todd Reynolds:  violin, compositions

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 hear several sound files of Guy & Todd on Guy's soundcloud page:

 
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Guy & Alan 1, Theo Dorian
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