“Pianist and composer Luke Gullickson is part of a new breed of new-music figures who make the boundaries between once-disparate stylistic approaches as porous as they want. Not only does he ignore the traditional wall between serious composer and performer, his wide-open ears allow all sorts of unique approaches to mingle with his fluid writing.” — Chicago Reader
Pianist/composer Luke Gullickson (b. 1985) is a rangy interpreter of music new and old, a virtuosic collaborator bridging disciplines, and an intrepid explorer of the unmapped space between styles and genres. He is Company Manager and a core performer with Albuquerque's innovative Chatter ensemble, which presents 70+ concerts annually. As a member of the mercurial Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times), he has worked with Houston Grand Opera, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Chicago Composers Orchestra, and performed in art spaces, jazz clubs, and barns across the country. Luke has recorded extensively as a singer-songwriter (“charmingly mysterious” — Bandcamp Daily) and bandleader. 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 has degrees in composition (University of Texas-Austin) and piano (University of New Mexico), and was a TD Jazz Fellow at the Banff Centre. He has also held artist residencies at PLAYA, High Concept Laboratories, Brush Creek Arts, the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Joshua Tree National Park.