Luke Gullickson is a musician and writer based in New Mexico. His projects stretch from indie-folk songcraft toward broader and quieter forms of chamber music inspired by place, geography, language, literature, shamanism, and divination. The Chicago Tribune described his recent music as “a sonic wash of various intensities and allusions.”
Luke plays piano and guitar with the infamous Grant Wallace Band (“spidery original bluegrass” — Steve Smith, New York Times) and releases albums of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs under his own name and the moniker Golconda (“charmingly mysterious songs” — Will Robin, Bandcamp). He is also proprietor and cartographer-in-chief of Desert Rhodes, a roving outdoor piano sketchbook and inclusive microcommissioning project. His recent projects under the name Luke Gullickson Trio explore rangy concepts of band formation and small-group musical interaction.
An occasional theater music director and erstwhile wilderness guide, Luke holds an MM in composition from the University of Texas at Austin, with additional study at 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 has held artist residencies at the Ucross Foundation, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Brush Creek Arts Foundation, High Concept Laboratories, and Joshua Tree National Park. He is currently doing graduate work in piano at the University of New Mexico.