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 the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” -– New York Times). The group recently released their long-gestating debut LP, Axle of the World (with Rabbit). They're also especially proud of their music videos (#1, #2) with animator Alex Mitchell, and the maritime mini-musical, Fo'c’s'le, they made with members of Ensemble Dal Niente. In 2015-16 they are creating a dramatic song cycle in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera.
From 2009-2014 Luke released several collections of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs under the name Golconda. 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 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.