At the age of ten, Matt started tuning in to the old Lawrence Welk Show, and at fifteen he purchased his first accordion. 

Since then, Matt has worked to perfect a sound and approach to the instrument all his own, setting his focus on a combined repertoire of traditional polkas and ethnic music coupled with traditional jazz, ragtime, and the pop tunes of the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. Along with his vocals, Matt has created a truly unique sound for himself which has put him in demand at festivals and events throughout the country. Enjoy some of this accordion music right here!

Matt performs accordion in a wide variety of settings, including with his very own polka band, The Royal Klobasneks. Matt's love of traditional European folk music speaks for itself - in addition to the band he fills a lot of solo engagements performing this great traditional sound. His selections include German, Czech, Austrian, Swiss, Hungarian, Russian, Polish, Spanish, and Mexican, as well as the traditional American 'Dutchman-Style' polkas and waltzes. You may have noticed, too, that Matt plays vintage accordions - part of his all-around salute to tradition.

Matt also enjoys bringing ragtime to the instrument. While the piano dominates the ragtime field, the accordion is quite capable of handling the repertoire and delivering it to the audience with all the excitement of a full band - and Matt enjoys demonstrating just how good these timeless pieces sound on the accordion. The accordion is a natural candidate for the ragtime music that was favored by the 'rag bands' of the period - those storied bands who performed countless concerts in the park on Sunday afternoons. Rags, one steps, two steps, marches, cakewalks, and other spirited pieces that Matt loves to play and bring to the his audience.

The wonderful jazz standards and early pop tunes are always part of Matt's performances. Much like the rags, they really suit the instrument - and his voice.