Luke Gullickson is a pianist, composer, songwriter, guitarist, and improviser. His projects stretch from folksong toward broader and quieter forms of chamber music inspired by place, geography, language, literature, shamanism, and divination. The Chicago Tribune described his recent work as "a sonic wash of various intensities and allusions.” A founding member of the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times), Luke has also left a breadcrumb trail of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs performed as a solo artist, often under the name Golconda ("charmingly mysterious songs" — Bandcamp Blog). Many of his releases have appeared on the shadowy imprint Two Labyrinths Records, commencing with 2014's Open, which the Chicago Reader labeled a "minimalist gem."
Luke holds graduate degrees in composition (University of Texas-Austin) and piano (University of New Mexico), with additional study at the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has held artist residencies at PLAYA, High Concept Laboratories, the Ucross Foundation, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Joshua Tree National Park. Based in Albuquerque, Luke is Company Manager and a frequent performer with Chatter, an innovative concert series presenting classical and contemporary chamber music in unusual venues.
He writes a highly occasional email newsletter, Sonatas and Interludes, and a blog of wandering course, entitled A Word.