“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
Luke Gullickson (b. 1985) is a composer, pianist, and guitarist working in the unmapped spaces between folksong, improvisational styles, and broader, quieter forms of chamber music. A founding member of the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times), 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 holds degrees in composition (University of Texas-Austin) and piano (University of New Mexico), with additional study as a TD Jazz Fellow at the Banff Centre. He has been artist-in-residence at PLAYA, High Concept Laboratories, Brush Creek Arts, the Ucross 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 music in informal venues.