Biography

A world class guitar hero, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and composer, an international recording artist with over 30 acclaimed solo albums to date, and a soundtrack composer for film and television, GARY LUCAS is on the move in 2018. He has recorded over 30 acclaimed albums in a variety of genres—jazz, rock, classical, folk, blues and world music—and has performed in over 40 countries to date. He has received many honors and awards—including being invited to perform solo before the General Assembly of the UN on January 27th 2017 to commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day. He was also recently profiled on National Public Radio (NPR). Gary Lucas makes his home in NYC.

Dubbed “The Thinking Man’s Guitar Hero” by The New Yorker, “The world’s most popular avant-rock guitarist” by The Independent (UK), “One of the 100 Greatest Living Guitarists” (Classic Rock), “Legendary Leftfield guitarist” by The Guardian (UK), “Guitarist of 1000 Ideas” by The New York Times, “a true axe God” by Melody Maker, and “One of the five best guitarists in the world” by the national Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny; the British world music magazine fRoots recently described Gary Lucas as “without question, the most innovative and challenging guitarist playing today.” Rolling Stone’s David Fricke wrote: “Gary Lucas is one of the best and most original guitarists in America…a modern guitar miracle.” Best-selling author/producer Dan Levitin (“This Is Your Brain On Music”) recently cited Gary as “the greatest living electric guitarist”. Gary was also dubbed “one of the world’s greatest guitar players” by HITS Magazine. Pete Frame, music journalist, founder/editor of legendary UK music magazine ZigZag, and author/creator of 5 volumes of “Rock Family Trees” said of Gary, “Can there be another musician as adventurous, ingenious, accomplished, diverse, intrepid, hard-working and well-travelled as Gary Lucas?”

Gary just wrapped recording the debut album of his psychedelic dance music project Wild Rumpus with his partner Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy, and their latest 12 inch vinyl single “Cloudhopping” sold-out its first pressing in one week. He recently premiered his new live solo guitar score for Luis Bunuel’s “El Ángel Exterminador” at the 33rd Havana Film Festival and rocked the 48th New York Film Festival with the US premiere of his Spanish “Dracula” project performing his original solo guitar score live to accompany a screening of the legendary film.

In the last few years, Gary Lucas made successful performing debuts in China, Cuba, the Canary Islands, Colombia, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico alongside his usual non-stop touring in Europe and North America, and is coming to BAM’s new Fisher Space in Brooklyn in Oct. 2013 for two nights with the expanded concert version of his celebrated album of 30’s Chinese pop, “The Edge of Heaven”.

EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR

On December 8th 2011, by invitation of the Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, GARY LUCAS presented the world premiere of his new live solo guitar score accompanying Luis Bunuel’s classic 1962 surrealist film “El Ángel Exterminador” at the 23 y 12 Cinema in Havana Cuba as part of the 33rd Havana Film Festival.

For three years in a row Gary has presented a world premiere of a new live film score at the Havana Film Festival. He began in 2009 debuting his live score for the legendary 1931 “Dracula” (d. George Melford)…and then again in 2010 he premiered his new live score for Jose Mojica Marins (a/k/a Coffin Joe)’s “Esta Noite Encarnerei no teu Cadaver” (This Night I Will Possess Your Corpse).

Jazz critic Jim Macnie wrote an excellent critic of the US premiere of Gary’s live score for Luis Bunuel’s surrealist masterpiece at visionary artist’s space Pioneer Works in Red Hook Brooklyn Fri. 3/18/16.

“The guitarist ups the ante on the director’s art. Lucas has been refining his approach to film accompaniment for decades—don’t miss his pas de deux with The Golem it the opportunity arises—and the nuanced way he wiggles his strings into the on-screen emotions is pretty damn impressive. He stands outside the piece as an observer, formally commenting on the action, but the real trick is how well the music is embedded into the scenes. By the time the group’s desperation reaches its provocative peak, it feels like Lucas’ insights have helped them turn the key. This was the US premiere (Cuban fans heard it in 2011); fingers crossed that there are many more performances.”

—Jim Macnie, longtime jazz critic in his “Lament for a Straight Line” column 3/22/16

Gary has always loved the work of the master Luis Bunuel—his favorite director—and surrealism in general, and has previously composed live scores to accompany short surrealist silent classics by Rene Clair, Fernand Leger and Ladislaw Starewicz, commissioned by the Film Society of Lincoln Center in 2000. In this film, like Spanish “Dracula” Gary Lucas has a veritable blank slate to compose on sonically as the majority of the film consists of dialogue in Spanish only, with only two short piano cues by Raul Lavista occurring in the film.

Discography

  • Skeleton at the Feast (1991)
  • Gods and Monsters (1992)
  • Bad Boys of the Arctic (1994)
  • Pražská Strašidla (The Ghosts of Prague) with Urfaust (1996)
  • Evangeline (1997)
  • Busy Being Born (1998)
  • @ Paradiso (1999)
  • The Du-Tels – No Knowledge of Music Required with Peter Stampfel (2000)
  • Street of Lost Brothers (2000)
  • Level the Playing Field: Early HurlyBurly 1988–1994 (2000)
  • The Edge of Heaven (album)|The Edge of Heaven (2001)
  • Songs to No One 1991–1992 with Jeff Buckley (2002)
  • Operators Are Standing By: The Essential Gary Lucas 1989-1996 (2003)
  • Diplopia (2003), with Jozef van Wissem
  • The Universe of Absence (2004) with Jozef van Wissem
  • Fast ‘N’ Bulbous – Pork Chop Blue Around the Rind (2005)
  • Coming Clean (2006)
  • Musical Blazeup (2007) with DJ Cosmo
  • Beyond the Pale (2008) with The Dark Poets
  • Chase the Devil (2008) with Dean Bowman
  • Rock the Joint (2008) with Beardyman
  • Down the Rabbit Hole with Gerald Zbindin (2008)
  • Purple Somersault (2008) with DJ Cosmo
  • Fast ‘n’ Bulbous – Waxed Oop (2009)
  • Rishte Najma Akhtar & Gary Lucas (2009)
  • Music for the Eden Projectl single (2010)
  • The Ordeal of Civility (2011), released UK and Europe (2012)
  • Gary Lucas Plays Bohemian Classics, Czech Republic, (2012)
  • Popular Science with M’Lumbo, (Pursuance, 2013)
  • Cinefantastique, (Northern Spy, 2013)
  • Other World with Peter Hammill (Esoteric Antenna, 2014)
  • Fleischerei (Cuneiform, 2016)
  • Pearly Clouds (Trapeze, 2016)
  • Stereopticon with Jann Klose (Cosmic Trigger, 2016)
  • The World of Captain Beefheart (Knitting Factory Records, 2017)

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