Greg has been playing guitar for over 30 years and holds a Master’s degree in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore, Maryland. He has studied with recording artists Michael Lee Firkins, Julian Gray, and Darren Housholder.
Greg began his rock career as lead guitarist for the Los Angeles-based band More from 1991-1994. During that time he toured throughout southern California performing in San Diego, Santa Barbara, Riverside, and Los Angeles. After studying jazz and classical guitar from 1998-2008, Greg helped form Nathan Wade and the Unforgiven, a country-rock band based out of Omaha, in 2009. Greg continues to our around the Midwest with Nathan Wade performing over 80 shows a year. Greg is also a member of the newly-formed Journey tribute band, ReCaptured. This band features some of Omaha’s best rock musicians and is due to begin performing summer of 2012.
Luke Polipnick is a creative postmodern guitarist, composer, and educator in Omaha, Nebraska. He is originally from Minneapolis, MN, a city whose influence is noticeable in his avant garde populism, genre-blurring, and communal, “band” ethos. His writing and playing displays an emotive intensity and density that is balanced by plainly spoken, angular lyricism. The resulting music is an interpretation of the jazz diaspora distilled through free improvisational process and Americana, pop, electronica, and global folkloric vernaculars.
Following studies in composition at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln under Dr. Randall Snyder, Polipnick studied 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.
Polipnick leads the Luke Polipnick Group, whose debut cd Episodes recently launched his own Eunonia label (EU1), and features Brooklyn drummer Mike Pride. Polipnick’s A Dozen Suns solo project just released a cassette tape (EU2) of electronically processed ambient doom and psychedelic bliss. He leads the bands Flamethrower, Deconunisms, Hotlines, and Type Type, as well as freelance sideman work and ad hoc improvising units. He is on the faculty at the Omaha Conservatory of Music. Highlights:
- Artist in Residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts (2014).
- Performances on the Spark, Soundfield, and Sonic Circuits festivals.
- Music for film (Broken Ground – dir. Clay Masters) and fashion (Dan Richters).