Luke Gullickson creates musical maps and labyrinths inspired by place and landscape.
His latest album, a collaboration with violist Doyle Armbrust, is called Open. ("It's a stunner." — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader)
Luke plays piano and guitar with the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — Steve Smith, New York Times). The group recently released their long-gestating debut LP, Axle of the World (with Rabbit). They've also made two music videos (#1, #2) with animator Alex Mitchell and a maritime mini-musical, Fo'c’s'le, with members of Ensemble Dal Niente. In 2015-16 they are creating a dramatic song cycle in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera.
Luke has been responsible for several collections of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs released under the name Golconda. In 2014 he made To Evening Lands, the first solo album under his own name, with violin and vocals by Ellen McSweeney ("charmingly mysterious songs" — Will Robin, Bandcamp).
As a composer, Luke has worked with Spektral Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, Amphion Percussion, and pianist Nicholas Phillips. He has held artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, High Concept Laboratories, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Joshua Tree National Park.
Luke received an MM in music composition from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009. He also studied music at Illinois Wesleyan University, the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Banff Centre, where he received a TD Jazz Fellowship and wrote an album of cold-weather Bob Dylan covers. Luke’s writing has appeared in Memorious and NewMusicBox. He has also worked as a theater music director in Colorado and as a wilderness guide in New Mexico.