1972-2019: Free Lance Composer/Accordionist

  • Tours throughout the Americas, Europe, Japan, as soloist; in duos with Alan Bern (accordion/piano), and Phillip Johnston (saxophones); and groups Ain’t Nothin’ But a Polka Band, and the Bantam Orchestra.
  • 1996:  founded the Accordion Tribe, with Lars Hollmer, Maria Kalaniemi, Otto Lechner, and Bratko Bibic; toured throughout Europe until Lars Hollmer’s untimely death in 2009; they released 3 recordings on Intuition, and were the subjects of the 2004 documentary film,  Accordion Tribe:  Music Travels, by Stefan Schwietert, which screened throughout Europe and won awards at several festivals as “best documentary film.”
  • Tours as sideman with Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Dave Douglas/Charms of the Night Sky, Relâche, Present Music, Robin Holcomb.
  • Commissions and premieres of solo accordion pieces by Mary Ellen Childs, Fred Frith,  Aaron Jay Kernis, Jerome Kitzke, Stephen Montague, Somei Satoh, Lois V Vierk,  John Zorn.


2010:  United States Artists Collins Fellowship, a $50,000 unrestricted award

2002:  New York Dance & Performance Award (BESSIE), jointly with Dan Hurlin, for the puppet/theatre piece, Everyday Uses for Sight #7:  The Heart of the Andes

1996:  Publishers Weekly “Listen Up” Audiobook Awards:  Best Original Score, Accordion Crimes, novel by E. Annie Proux, music by Guy Klucevsek.

 1995:  New York Dance & Performance Award (BESSIE), for Altered Landscapes, a solo accordion score for David Dorfman Dance’s, Hey.



2011:  Lionel Popkin Dance Company:  commission for an evening-length dance score for solo accordion and string quartet, to premiere 2012-2013 season.

2010:  Laurie McCants, Industrious Angels, music theatre score for violin, accordion, piano/toy piano, premiered Bloomsburg, PA, 2011.

2006:  Dance Theatre ETC, Angels and Accordions, site-specific work, premiered Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, NY, October, 2007.

2002:  Jérôme Thomas Company (France):  Cirque Lili, for circus theatre, scored for accordion and soprano sax, has been performed 250+ times in Europe, England and USA, always with live music.

Original Works Grant, COAHSI, The Well-Tampered Accordion, 12 solo pieces.

2001:  Relâche/Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation:  Swither, Tangocide, Still Life with Canon, and Wing/Prayer, all composed for the Relâche ensemble and choreographer Meredith Rainey, premiered in Philadelphia, May, 2002.

2000:  Ping Chong and Company/New York State Council on the Arts:  Obon, for puppet theatre, premiered at Seattle Repertory Company, April, 2002.

1998:  The Kitchen and MASS MoCA/Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust:  Squeeze Play, an evening of multi-disciplinary collaborations, premiered at The Kitchen, NYC, March, 2000.

1997:  Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble/Rockefeller Foundation/Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation:  Hard Coal, a music theatre piece premiered by BTE, April, 1999

1995:  Solo Recitalist’s Grant/National Endowment for the Arts:  solo recital, Merkin Hall, New York City, March, 1996

1994:  Ping Chong & Co./Meet The Composer/Reader’s Digest Commissioning Program:  Chinoiserie, an evening-length music/theatre work.  Premiered at the Lied Center, University of Nebraska, Sept., 1995, and presented on the 1995 Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music.

1993:  David Dorfman Dance/Meet The Composer:  Composer/Choreographer Project Grant:  Altered Landscapes, solo accordion score for Hey, premiered at the Kitchen, NYC, May, 1994.





The Multiple Personality Reunion Tour, innova, 2012

Dancing on the Volcano, Tzadik, 2009

Song of Remembrance, Tzadik, 2007

The Well-Tampered Accordion, Winter & Winter, 2004

The Heart of the Andes, Winter & Winter, 2002

Free Range Accordion, Starkland, 2000

Transylvanian Softwear, Starkland, 1999 (originally released 1994, John Marks Records)

Altered Landscapes, Evva, 1998

Stolen Memories, Tzadik, 1996 

Citrus, My Love, RecRec/Swiss, 1993

Manhattan Cascade, CRI, 1992

Polka Dots & Laser Beams, Evva, 1992

?Who Stole the Polka?, Evva, 1992  

Flying Vegetables of the Apocalypse, XI, 1990

Scenes From A Mirage, Review, 1987

Blue Window, Zoar, 1986



Accordion Tribe:  Lunghorn Twist, Intuition, 2006

Accordion Tribe: Sea of Reeds, Intuition, 2002

Accordion Tribe:  Accordion Tribe, Intuition, 1998

Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern:  Notefalls, Winter & Winter, 2007

Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern:  Accordance, Winter & Winter, 2000

Guy Klucevsek and Phillip Johnston:  Tales from the Cryptic, Winter & Winter, 2003



Dave Douglas:  Charms of the Night Sky, Winter & Winter

Margaret Leng Tan:  The Art of the Toy Piano, Point

Relache:  Press Play, Meyer Media

Planet Squeezebox (Compilation), Ellipsis Arts

Legends of Accordion (Compilation), Rhino

Twisted Tutu:  Play Nice, OO Disks

Norwegian Wood, Aki Takahashi, Toshiba EMI



Post Graduate Independent Study, California Institute of the Arts, 1971-72

M.A., Music Theory/Composition, University of Pittsburgh, 1971

B.A., Music Theory/Composition, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1969

Composition Teachers:  Morton Subotnick, Gerald Shapiro, Robert Bernat

Accordion Studies with Walter Grabowski, New Kensington, Pennsylvania, 1955-1965