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Guy Klucevsek - Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (1991)

Jedan od najotkačenijih naslova albuma. 
Nadrealni folk-jazz koji zvuči kao avangardna harmonikaška klasika za ples i naslanjanje na medvjede.

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Ensemble pieces for strings, percussion, guitars, and woodwinds on Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse feature Bobby Previte, Tom Cora, David Hofstra, John King, Laura Seaton, and more.

Startling sounds by a master of experimental accordion music. - Keyboard

His criminal infractions on The Blue Danube deserve to replace the original. - Village Voice

The music expressed was complex, sly, virtuosic, and deeply felt and imaginative. - Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite its unfortunate title, Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse is an extremely enjoyable selection of music written for dance ensembles by Klucevsek and featuring a variety of instrumental groupings. The lengthy opening track, "Union Hall," is the highlight of the disc, a trio for accordion, reeds, and bass that incorporates themes and improvisations based on tunes from Yugoslavia and Madagascar. The latter, from the traditional song "Viavy Rose," is breathtakingly gorgeous and will haunt the listener forever. Klucevsek's Ain't Nothin' but a Polka band performs two rollicking avant-polkas, while the "Blue Danube Waltz" is rearranged for a accordion/alto saxophone duet on "Blue Window." Most of the remaining works feature accordion with some combination of stringed instruments. The jewel of the bunch is "Waltzing Above Ground," a fragile beauty in the upper registers that hints of tango and suspends itself glowingly in the air. Throughout, Klucevsek evinces his masterful musicality; he seems incapable of creating pieces lacking warmth, richness, and a deep, if sometimes subtle, melodicism. A beautiful album and one which could appeal to fans of almost any musical genre. ~ Brian Olewnick Liner Note Authors: Mark Dery; Guy Klucevsek. Recording information: Baby Monster Studios, NY; Full House Productions, NY; New Breed Studios, NY; Radio City Music Studios, NY. Photographer: Phill Niblock. Personnel: Guy Klucevsek (vocals, accordion); Mia Wu, Diane Monroe, Laura Seaton (violin); Erik Friedlander, Tom Cora (cello); Doug Wieselman (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Marshall Taylor (alto saxophone); Bobby Previte (marimba, drums); Lindsey Horner (double bass); Dave Hofstra (electric bass). Audio Mixers: Chris Howard; David Kumin; Steve McAllister.

New York-born accordionist Guy Klucevsek displayed a surreal folk-jazz persona from his early cassette Blue Window (february 1986 - Zoar, 1986) and his first record, Scenes From a Mirage (july 1987 - Review, 1987), in particular the massive The Flying Pipe Organ for multiple accordions.
He became famous with the interpretations of other musicians' compositions on Manhattan Cascade (april 1991 - CRI, 1991). On Polka Dots & Laser Beams (january 1990 - Evva, 1991) he interpreted works by the likes of Tom Cora, Anthony Coleman, Daniel Goode, Nicolas Collins, Robin Holcomb, Bobby Previte, etc. More of these "polkas from the fringe" appeared on Who Stole the Polka? (july 1991 - Evva, 1992).
Citrus My Love (RecRec, 1995) is his second masterpiece. It contains the eight-movement Citrus My Love, for accordion, violin and cello (Erik Friedlander) and the three-movement Passage North, for accordion, violin, cello and double bass.
His first masterpiece was Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse (XI, 1991), that collects dance scores, including the 17-minute Union Hall (composed in 1989) for accordion, tenor saxophone and double bass, the 9-minute Waltzing Above Ground (1988) and the 9-minute Perusal (1988).
Subsequent releases have been less significant: Transylvanian Softwear (march 1993 - Starkland, 1995), a solo performance of themes from around the world; Stolen Memories (Tzadik, 1996), with Tesknota for accordion, violin, cello and bass; Accordion Tribe (Intuition, 1998), for an ensemble of accordionists (Maria Kalaniemi from Finland, Bratko Bibic from Slovenia, Lars Hollmer from Sweden, Otto Lechner from Austria); Altered Landscapes (march 1997 - Evva, 1999), containing an impressive program of Henry Cowell, John Cage, Alvin Lucier, Alan Hovhaness, and Klucevsek's own Altered Landscapes; Free Range Accordion (Starkland, 2000), interpretation of themes from Bacharach to Satoh, and notably Lois Vierk's Blue Jets Red Sprites (1996); Accordance (june 2000 - Winter & Winter, 2001) and Notefalls (Winter & Winter, 2007) with accordionist Alan Bern; The Heart of the Andes (september 2001 - Winter & Winter, 2002), including the suite for a puppet show The Heart Of the Andes; Tales From The Cryptic (september 2002 - Winter & Winter, 2003), with saxophonist Phillip Johnston of the Microscopic Septet; etc.

The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour (Innova, 2012) was a tribute of sorts to his idols.
Polka From the Fringe (1992 - Starkland, 2012) was a double album of avantgarde polka pieces composed by an all-star cast (Mary Ellen Childs, Anthony Coleman, Tom Cora, Guy De Bievre, Dick Connette, William Duckworth, Steve Elson, Carl Finch, Fred Frith, David Garland, Peter Garland, Daniel Goode, Rolf Groesbeck, Robin Holcomb, Phillip Johnston, Joseph Kasinskas, Aaron Jay Kernis, John King, Mary Jane Leach, David Mahler, Bobby Previte, Bill Ruyle, Elliot Sharp, Carl Stone, Lois Vierk, William Obrecht, and Peter Zummo).

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