Luke Gullickson is a nomadic composer and singer/songwriter of musical folk puzzles and maps.
Luke's projects include surrealist folk trio Grant Wallace Band; the New York Times described the group's unique sound as "spidery original bluegrass," and Time Out Chicago opined, "we love the weird, rhythmically complex landscape of proto-bluegrass [GWB] have created." The band's recent exploits include two music videos with animator Alex Mitchell and a maritime mini-musical, Fo'c's'le, in collaboration with Ensemble Dal Niente.
Luke has released several collections of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs under the name Golconda ("we have a gifted songwriter in our presence" -- The Equal Ground). In April 2014 he released To Evening Lands, his first solo album under his own name.
Luke has been artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Ucross Foundation, Joshua Tree National Park, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and the Banff Centre, where his piano improvisations garnered a TD Jazz Fellowship. His music has been performed by the Spektral Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, the Locrian Chamber Players, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. His piece Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey was featured on pianist Nicholas Phillips’ recent album American Vernacular on New Focus Recordings (“a standout track” -- Q2 Music; "a bluesy finger-buster" -- New York Times).
Luke's writings have appeared in NewMusicBox and Memorious. He holds music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Illinois Wesleyan University, and has worked as a theater music director in Colorado and as a wilderness guide in New Mexico.