Guy Klucevsek & Phillip Johnston

The GUY KLUCEVSEK/PHILLIP JOHNSTON DUO consists of Guy Klucevsek, accordion/compositions, and Phillip Johnston, saxophone/compositions. For over two decades, Guy Klucevsek has been plumbing the forefront at the intersection of contemporary classical music and world music, while Phillip Johnston has been investigating the overlap of jazz, blues and new music. Now in a new duo, with an original repertoire written by both for the group, they express the overlap of intersections with wry wit, finger-bustin' chops and a mysterious charm that defies description.

What is the result: Polka-Bop? Trance-Tango? Avant-Baroque?
You name it, you claim it.

“Two players who share a sly, delightfully skewed way with musical idioms, the accordionist Guy Klucevsek and the saxophonist Phillip Johnston, are world-class instrumentalists and, seemingly, natural partners.”

- The New Yorker.

Guy & Phillip have just completed their first CD for Winter & Winter, recorded in Bordeaux, France, where they performed at the Musiques de Nuit Festival. The CD, entitled Tales From The Cryptic will be released worldwide in September 2003.

GUY KLUCEVSEK's music/theatre scores include "Squeezeplay" - collaborations with David Dorfman and Dan Froot, Mary Ellen Childs, Dan Hurlin, Claire Porter and Victoria Marks --which was developed, in part, at MASS MoCA, and premiered at The Kitchen in March, 2000; "Hard Coal" (1999), with theBloomsburg Theatre Ensemble; and "Chinoiserie" (1995), with Ping Chong & Co. He has released 12 recordings as soloist leader, including his latest, Guy Klucevsek and Alan Bern: Accordance, on Winter & Winter. He is a member of Dave Douglas' band, Charms of the Night Sky, with whom he regularly tours and records.

Klucevsek has received New York Dance and Performance Awards (BESSIES) for his scores for David Dorfman Dance's, "Hey," and Dan Hurlin's "Everyday Uses for Sight: No. 7." He was also awarded a Listen Up prize for "Best Original Score of 1996 by Publishers Weekly for his music accompanying the Audio Book version of E. Annie Proulx's novel, Accordion Crimes.

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PHILLIP JOHNSTON has written music for films, including Paul Mazursky's "Faithful," Philip Haas' "The Music of Chance," and "Money Man," Doris Dörrie's "Paradise" & "Geld," and Henry Corra's "Umbrellas." He has also written for silent film (Tod Browning's "The Unknown", The Georges Méliès Project, Teinosuke Kinugasa's "Page of Madness" and F.W. Murnau's "Faust" which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center; theatre ("Young Goodman Brown", with Richard Foreman, "Venus", with Suzan-Lori Parks, and "Drawn To Death" with Art Spiegelman); and dance (Karole Armitage's "The Predators' Ball" & Keely Garfield's "Minor Repairs Necessary" - for which he won a Bessie in 1999).

During the 1980's, he led the Microscopic Septet, and in the '90's, Big Trouble & The Transparent Quartet. Among his recent recordings are The Merry Frolics of Satan (Koch), Music For Films (Tzadik), and Normalology (Koch). He also co-leads Fast 'N Bulbous: the Captain Beefheart Project, with Gary Lucas.

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