In collaboration with dropshift dance, composer/pianist Luke Gullickson will develop and perform his piece Open for piano and viola at High Concept Labs this Spring. Sponsorship will allow Gullickson and dropshift dance artistic director Andrea Cerniglia to unite their separate creative processes for development and performance. The residency will also allow both Cerniglia and Gullickson to document the project’s development with high-quality video. Open will be performed by Gullickson on piano and Doyle Armbrust on viola.
The music, originally composed in a log cabin in Wyoming in January 2014, was inspired by the writings and working process of novelist Haruki Murakami, and by an Australian post-jazz piano trio called The Necks. This premiere performance will also celebrate the release of the album version of Open by Two Labyrinths Records.
For the last few years, Gullickson has split his time between Chicago and New Mexico, and Open is a mediation between the spaces and musical communities of his disparate homes, between the highly trained classical musicians and the high-lonesome troubadours, between the new music concerts and the campfire picking sessions.
Luke Gullickson is a nomadic composer and singer-songwriter of musical folk puzzles and maps. His projects include surrealist folk trio Grant Wallace Band (described as “spidery original bluegrass” by the New York Times). Luke is also connected with several collections of peripatetic avant-troubadour songs released under the name Golconda. He has been an 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. His music has been performed by the Spektral Quartet, Chicago Composers Orchestra, Bearthoven, the Locrian Chamber Players, Fulcrum Point New Music Project, and pianist Nicholas Phillips.