2014 Fall Fellow

Luke Polipnick


Unselfconscious genre-blurring and emphasis on the collective “band” ethos.

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Luke Polipnick is a creative guitarist, composer, and educator.

He is originally from Minneapolis, MN, a city whose influence is noticeable in his unselfconscious genre-blurring and emphasis on the collective “band” ethos. His writing and playing display an emotive intensity and density that is balanced by plainly spoken, angular lyricism. Luke’s music is an interpretation of the jazz diaspora distilled through free improvisational process and Americana, pop, electronica, and global folkloric vernaculars.

Luke earned a Bachelors of Music in composition at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln under Dr. Randall Snyder. He went on to earn his Masters of Music at Northern Illinois University under acclaimed guitar virtuoso and educator Fareed Haque. Now based in Omaha, he maintains active ties to the Chicago, Minneapolis, and Kansas City creative music communities, and tours regularly. He is on the faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music as a guitar and theory instructor and is the co-founder/curator of the Almost Music Concert Series in Omaha, which seeks to foster connections, growth, and experimentation in the Midwestern music community.

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