Guy Klucevsek

GUY KLUCEVSEK is one of the world’s most versatile and highly-respected accordionists.   He has performed and/or recorded with Laurie Anderson, Bang On a Can, Anthony Braxton, Dave Douglas (Charms of the Night Sky), Bill Frisell, Rahim al Haj, Robin Holcomb, Kepa Junkera, the Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, and John Zorn. 

He has premiered over 50 solo accordion pieces, including his own, as well as those he has commissioned from John Zorn, Mary Ellen Childs, Somei Satoh, Jerome Kitzke, Lois V Vierk, William Duckworth, Stephen Montague, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Fred Frith.

Performances include the Ten Days on the Island Festival (Tasmania), the Adelaide Festival (Australia), the Berlin Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival/USA, BAM Next Wave Festival, and the children’s television show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” 

Guy’s 1987-1988 project, Polka From the Fringe, a collection of alternative polkas he commissioned from Fred Frith, Elliott Sharp, Bobby Previte, Carl Finch, et. al., toured around the world. A two-disk set of the pieces were released on the eva (Japan) label, and received “best recordings 1992” honors on WNYC-FM’s “New Sounds” program.  Long out-of-print, these legendary recordings will be re-released on Starkland in 2012.

In 1996, he founded Accordion Tribe, an international ensemble of composer/accordionists Otto Lechner (Austria), Maria Kalanemi (Finland), Lars Hollmer (Sweden), Bratko Bibic (Slovenia) and himself.  They toured internationally from 1996-2009, are the subjects of Stefan Schwietert’s award-winning documentary film, “Accordion Tribe:  Music Travels,” and released 3 cds on the Intuition (Germany) label.

Klucevsek has released over 20 recordings as soloist/leader on Tzadik, Winter & Winter, Starkland, Review, Intuition, CRI, and XI.  He can also be heard on John Williams’s orchestral scores for the Steven Spielberg films, “The Terminal,” “Munich,” “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,” and, upcoming, “The Adventures of Tin-Tin” (2012).

He is the recipient of a 2010 United States Artists Collins Fellowship, an unrestricted $50,000 award, which is depleting at an alarming rate as he records his new album, The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour, which features such guest artists as Brave Combo, accordionists Alex Meixner and Ginny Mac, and a veritable who’s who of New York-based all stars including trumpeter Dave Douglas, drummers John Hollenbeck and Kenny Wallesen, singers Theo Bleckmann, Peter Eldridge and Jo Lawry, banjo player Brandon Seabrook, Marcus Rojas on tuba, Pete Donovan on bass, Steve Elson, horns, Todd Reynolds, violin, Isabel Ettenauer (Austria), piano, to appear in any/all audio formats which may  exist six months from now.