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Venue:
Trinity Center for Urban Life22nd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Friday, February 22, 2008 - 8:00pm

Guy Klucevsek + Alan Bern

Alan Bern, accordian
Guy Klucevsek, accordian

The musical influences of the Klucevsek/Bern Duo range from Europe to the New World, from Eastern European folk songs to jazz, from ancient music all the way to contemporary music, from breathtaking virtuosity to simple children's songs. A live performance is like the soundtrack to a road movie which takes us back and forth between East and West - intimate chamber music by two artists who become one voice.

Guy Klucevsek studied composition and musical theory at different conservatories: a period during which he experimented extensively with electronic music. Several composers have written works for Klucevsek, among them John Zorn, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Fred Frith. Klucevsek himself has composed music for ballets by choreographers such as Karen Bamonte, Angela Caponigro, and David Dorfman.

In 1987 Klucevsek commissioned artists Carl Finch, Fred Frith, Christian Marclay, Elliot Sharp, and others for Polka From the Fringe, a collection of 32 post-modern pieces which premiered in 1988 at the Next Wave Festival and was later performed by his band Ain't Nothin' but a Polka on tours all over the world. In 1996 he founded The Accordion Tribe, a band made up of five accordion players and composers, which toured Europe with great success. This project was followed two years later by Accordion Tribe 2: Four Accordions of the Apocalypse, a new release featuring different musicians, among them Alan Bern. Guy Klucevsek has created a total of nine albums as a soloist or leader and participated in countless other projects as a sideman. In 1995 he received the New York Dance and Performance Award (BESSIE) for his music to David Dorfman's Ballet Hey, as well as the Listen Up award from Publishers Weekly for his music to Annie Proulx's audio book Accordion Crimes. Klucevsek is currently a member of Dave Douglas' successful Charms of the Night Sky band.

Alan Bern received training in classical piano before studying philosophy. He later lectured at Trufts University and at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. There he also taught musical ethnology, theory, and history. Towards the end of the 1960s he began experimenting with klezmer music. Tours with The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Kapelye, Itzhak Perlman, the Sandglass Theatre, and as a soloist took him across North-America, Europe, Israel, and Japan. From 1978 onwards he devoted himself solely to the accordion. He became known mostly as a co-founder of the band Brave Old World, which contributed to the klezmer revival, of which he remains one of the leading artistic figures.

Bern also composes contemporary music for theatre and film. He was awarded prizes and scholarships from such institutions as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Council for the Arts. He has been living in Berlin since 1987, where he has become well known through his work as a musical director for theatre productions. From 1994 to 1996 he was musical director of the Bremer Schauspielhaus, and in 1993 and 1994, artistic director of the Ballroom at the Jüdische Kulturtage (Jewish Culture Days) in Berlin.

Presented with Relâche.