Artists and Bands Spotlight
Luke Wyland is an American interdisciplinary artist, composer, performer, and arts organizer who achieved international success as the multi-instrumentalist, singer and founder of the art-pop band AU. He has toured extensively throughout North America and Europe and has released records on Aagoo, Hometapes, The Leaf Label, Crammed Discs, Inpartmaint, and Pop Frenzy, amongst others. His most recent commission was composing for and performing with the 155 singers of the Camas High School Choir program for a run of shows throughout the northwest US, including at PICA's Time Based Arts Festival.
He has also been composing music for modern dance for the past 15 years, most notably with choreographer Tahni Holt (Duet Love and Sensation/Disorientation - which is being restaged for Spotlight: USA - A Platform of American Dance in Bulgaria).
Luke owns and operates a studio where he has brought his unique voice as a composer to works for film and commercials, including spots for Subaru, Coca-Cola, Gatorade, and American Airlines. His original scores can be found in such documentaries as 101 Seconds, and TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui.
He is also an arts advocate and organizer working in collaboration with Young Audiences of Oregon and SW Washington and Ethan Chessin on the 'Business of Music' curriculum that connects composers, promoters, record labels, venues, and designers with local schools to educate students on the numerous opportunities and careers within the music world.
Luke has a new album of improvisations under his LWW moniker (The Leaf Label), as well as an album with acclaimed drummer/composer John Niekrasz.
Luke Uses the pok XE in His Studio and on Stage. This Is What He Says:
"The pok is a game changer. Not only is it incredibly easy to program, but it’s ability to move with you as you hop from one instrument to the next in the studio without having to rearrange as you go has helped open up some surprising new processes for me (while also saving serious time). It’s also refreshing to not be so tethered to the computer screen. Thanks for making such a great controller!"