“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
“Charmingly mysterious songs” — Bandcamp Blog
Valle Crucis (Bandcamp)
”The Moon Shines as Bright as a Reading Light” (Bandcamp)
“All I Really Want to Do” (Soundcloud)
Golconda is the solo project of composer/multi-instrumentalist Luke Gullickson. A vagabond wastrel exiled from musical academia with a master’s degree in composition and a head full of stars, Gullickson absconded to the deserts and mountains of the West, where he guided wilderness expeditions, led the pit orchestra for a music theater company, studied improvisation as a TD Jazz Fellow at Canada’s prestigious Banff Centre for the Arts, and began a dedication to songwriting and fingerstyle guitar playing while living off the grid as Artist-in-Residence at Joshua Tree National Park. Back in Chicago he co-founded the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — New York Times); currently based in New Mexico, he continues to spin out a string of interrelated musical tapestries, building gossamer bridges from folksong to abstract instrumental chamber music and back again. The Chicago Tribune called his recent work “a sonic wash of various intensities and allusions.” Luke’s eleven releases as Golconda document his ongoing growth as a songwriter and solo performer.
With the guitar
At the piano