Luke Gullickson creates musical maps and labyrinths inspired by place and landscape.
Luke plays piano and guitar with 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 two music videos (#1, #2) with animator Alex Mitchell and a maritime mini-musical, Fo'c's'le, premiered by the band with members of Ensemble Dal Niente.
Luke has released several collections of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs under the name Golconda ("we have a gifted songwriter in our presence" -- The Equal Ground). In April 2014 he released To Evening Lands, the first solo album under his own name, featuring violin and vocals by Ellen McSweeney of Chicago Q Ensemble.
Luke has been artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Joshua Tree National Park. His collaborators include the Spektral Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, Locrian Chamber Players, and the Peterson/Hayes Duo. His piece Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey was featured on pianist Nicholas Phillips’ recent album American Vernacular on New Focus Recordings (“a standout track” -- Q2 Music; "a bluesy finger-buster" -- New York Times).
Luke's writings have appeared in NewMusicBox and Memorious. He studied music at the University of Texas at Austin, Illinois Wesleyan University, the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Banff Centre, where his piano improvisations garnered a TD Jazz Fellowship. He has also worked as a theater music director in Colorado and as a wilderness guide in New Mexico.