Hailing from Cadilac Michigan, Luke Winslow-King is a singer, songsmith, and composer inspired by New Orleans jazz, rock, ragtime, impressionism, delta and country blues, poetry, folk, and classical music.
Beginning his studies at Interlochen Arts Academy, King studied music theory and composition at the University of New Orleans where he was awarded an ambassador scholarship to study Czech classical music at St. Charles University in Prague.
Back on the streets of the Crescent City he learned gospel and jazz standards accompanying John Boutte, picked up bottleneck guitar from blues maestro Roberto Luti, and memorized an entire repertoire of traditional jazz tunes playing with The Loose Marbles Jazz Band and the legendary Lisa Driscoll. In New York City, King studies composition privately and recorded with Grammy nominated avant-garde composer “Blue” Gene Tyranny, attended Jack Hardy’s legendary songwriter’s circle, performed in John Sinclair’s Blues Scholars, and studied poetry with his writing partner Ji Un Choi who holds degrees in poetry from the University of Virginia and New York University.
Luke is now touring the u.S. And europe as solo act, and also with the Luke Winslow-King trio, Featuring new orleans tuba and washboard duo jason “jack” jurzak and richard levinson.
King and fellow Earthwork Music founders Seth Bernard and Daniel Kahn Presented ‘From California to the New York Island’ the songs and stories of Woody Guthrie by taking it artistically and literally around the country in the fall of ’03. Since then, King has recorded and collaborated on various albums for Earthwork Music and Tapes Records.
King has composed original theatre scores for productions of Henry James’s “Turn of the Screw” in New Orleans with Cartoon network artist, filmmaker, and composer Cosmo Segurson, as well as a production of Georg Buchner’s “Wozzeck” in Central Park, NYC. He has written original film scores for a feature-length script, “The Shotgun Waltz” and short films, “Pigeon” and “Wanted in Rome,” which he also co-stars in as an actor.
King was employed as a music therapist by the Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics in the Bronx (’04), and held a music teacher’s position at the La Velle School for the Blind. He produced recordings and performances in both positions.
For the past several years, King has been performing concerts in the U.S. and Europe, writing, and experimenting with his talents in composition, guitar, piano, orchestration, improvisation and performance.
To date, Luke Winslow-King is living in New Orleans. He has recorded two full length albums and is beginning work on his third.