Luke Gullickson creates musical maps and labyrinths inspired by place and landscape.
His latest album, a collaboration with violist Doyle Armbrust, is called Open.
Luke plays piano and guitar with surrealist folk trio Grant Wallace Band ("spidery original bluegrass" -- New York Times). The band's recent exploits include two music videos (#1, #2) with animator Alex Mitchell and a maritime mini-musical, Fo'c's'le, premiered by the band with members of Ensemble Dal Niente.
From 2009-2014 Luke 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, the first solo album under his own name, featuring violin and vocals by Ellen McSweeney.
Luke has been artist-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, High Concept Laboratories, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, and Joshua Tree National Park. His collaborators include Spektral Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, Locrian Chamber Players, Amphion Percussion, and the Peterson/Hayes Duo. 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 writing has appeared in NewMusicBox and Memorious. He studied music at the University of Texas at Austin, Illinois Wesleyan University, the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris, and the Banff Centre, where his piano improvisations garnered a TD Jazz Fellowship. He has also worked as a theater music director in Colorado and as a wilderness guide in New Mexico.