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).
Guitar, Electric BassAndrew Stickman began his life in music at the age of 11, taking bass guitar lessons. After four years of learning he gravitated to the guitar, where it was offered by his high school. There he exchanged many heavy metal riffs and solos with peers and musicians who he still plays with to this day.Andrew played in several consistently gigging rock, blues, and metal bands before deciding to take guitar more seriously by studying classical guitar at The University of Nebraska at Omaha. During his schooling, Andrew still managed to play lead guitar in a locally award winning production of “Rent” the Musical, began teaching privately and at music stores, sat in as a studio musician for various local artists while playing with multiple album producing rocks bands, played bass in a touring pop-flemenco band with his professor, and founded the Omaha Guitar Trio in 2010; a group continuously nominated by the Omaha Entertainment and Art Awards, and won best Jazz in 2013.After graduating UNO in 2012, Andrew, along with OGT, has toured numerous states and schools, taught and hosted masterclasses, and gives recitals and salon concerts regularly, spreading music education with the voice of the guitar.