Luke Gullickson creates musical folk puzzles inspired by places and landscapes. He plays piano and guitar, composes, and writes songs.
Luke's projects include surrealist folk trio Grant Wallace Band; the New York Times described the group's unique sound as "spidery original bluegrass," and Time Out Chicago opined, "we love the weird, rhythmically complex landscape of proto-bluegrass [GWB] have created." The band's recent exploits include a music video, made in collaboration with animator Alex Mitchell, and a maritime mini-musical, Fo'c's'le, performed with members of Ensemble Dal Niente.
Some connection is also suspected between Luke and several EPs of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs released under the name Golconda ("we have a gifted songwriter in our presence" -- The Equal Ground).
Luke has been artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ucross Foundation, Joshua Tree National Park, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and the Banff Centre, where his piano improvisations garnered a TD Jazz Fellowship. His music has been performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Locrian Chamber Players, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. His piece Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey was featured on pianist Nicholas Phillips’ recent American Vernacular album on New Focus Recordings (“a standout track” -- Q2 Music).
Luke holds music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin (MM) and Illinois Wesleyan University (BA, summa cum laude). He has also worked as a theater music director in Colorado and as a wilderness guide in New Mexico. Please write: mail (at) lukegullickson (dot) com