The Relache Chronicles

Episode Ten - Guy Klucevsek's "Polka from the Fringe" NMA 1987 Philadelphia (2 of 3)

September 19, 2023 The Relache Chronicles Team
The Relache Chronicles
Episode Ten - Guy Klucevsek's "Polka from the Fringe" NMA 1987 Philadelphia (2 of 3)
Show Notes

Episode 10 is the second of three episodes of music and commentary from the New Music America Festival 1987 in Philadelphia, produced and presented by the Relache organization. This episode is one of our favorites. It features the premiere performance of accordionist-composer Guy Klucevsek’s “Polka from the Fringe,” a terrific investigation of Polkas in all their glory. Virtuosic, whimsical, outrageous, Guy’s performance at a funky bar in Olde City Philadelphia is a must-hear for all “new music” fans. In some ways these polkas deconstruct the genre. They keep alive the inventiveness inherent in the music of a variety of contemporary composers, with a keen sense of humor. As you will hear, Guy dedicated the performance of “Polka from the Fringe” to Charles Mingus’s remark, “Let the white man develop the polka.” In that spirit, Guy turns the table on this much beloved genre of dance music. 

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