Luke Gullickson is a musician based in New Mexico. His projects stretch from indie-folk songwriting toward broader and quieter forms of chamber music inspired by place, geography, language, literature, shamanism, and divination. The Chicago Tribune described his recent music as "a sonic wash of varied intensities and allusions."
Luke plays piano and guitar with the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — Steve Smith, New York Times) and releases peripatetic avant-troubadour music under his own name and the moniker Golconda ("charmingly mysterious songs" — Will Robin, Bandcamp).
Luke directs Two Labyrinths Records, a shadowy, desert-based organization presenting music from the center of the maze. 2LR’s first release, featuring Luke and violist Doyle Armbrust, is called Open. (“It’s a stunner.” — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader) As of summer 2016 Luke is also proprietor and cartographer-in-chief of Desert Rhodes, a roving outdoor piano sketchbook and inclusive microcommissioning project.
An occasional theater music director and erstwhile wilderness guide, Luke holds an MM in composition from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a TD Jazz Fellow at the Banff Centre and Artist-in-Residence at the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, High Concept Laboratories, and Joshua Tree National Park. He is currently doing graduate work in piano at the University of New Mexico.