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 coming out in 2018 under his LWW moniker (The Leaf Label), as well as an album with acclaimed drummer/composer John Niekrasz.
Since 2005, Luke has been writing/recording/producing albums that have been released Worldwide on such labels as Aagoo Records (US), Hometapes (US), The Leaf Label (EU), Crammed Discs (EU) ,Inpartmaint (Japan), and Pop Frenzy (AUS).
2018: LWW - 3PE (The Leaf Label), to be released June 2018
2016: AU and the 155 singers of the Camas High School Choir (release TBA).
2012: AU - Both Lights (Hometapes (US) and the Leaf Label (UK/EU))
Luke was commissioned in 2013 to do the soundtrack for TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui, a documentary about the 'social idealist and visionary architect' Eugene Tssui. It is currently being screened at numerous film festivals worldwide. Catch a glimpse of several sections of this film in the Film Reel page.
2005 Massachusetts College of Art, Bachelor of Fine Arts (with honors), Boston, MA
SELECTED RECORDED WORK
2018 3EP, LWW, The Leaf Label (UK/EU)
2016 101 Seconds, Spin Films, Documentary
2014 TELOS: Te Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui, Kyung Lee Films, Documentary
2012 Both Lights, AU, Hometapes Records (US/World), The Leaf Label (Europe)
2010 Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers, Two Labors, Crammed Discs (World)
2009 Versions, AU, Aagoo Records (US/World)
2008 Both Lights, AU, Aagoo Records (US/Europe), PopFrenzy Records (AUS), Inpartmaint Records (Japan)
2007 Au, AU, Aagoo Records (World)
2005 peaofhesea, luc, Aagoo Records (World)
SELECTED LIVE WORK
2017 Sensation/Disorientation, Composer/Performer, Dance by Tahni Holt, Portland, OR
2016 AU and the Camas High School Choir, Composer/Performer/Teacher, Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, OR
2016 AU and the Camas High School Choir, Composer/Performer/Teacher, Cathedral of the Rockies, Boise, ID
2014 Duet Love, Composer/Performer, Dance by Tahni Holt, Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, OR
2012 Listening to Space: Sonic City PDX, Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, OR
2012-2017 Treefort Music Festival, Boise, ID
2012 Haldern Pop Festival, Rees, Germany
2012 Powiekszenie, Warsaw, Poland
2012 Keep Portland Weird Festival, Pompidou Center Museum, Paris, France
2012 Valborgskalas, Goteburg, Sweden
2011 SXSW Festival, Austin, TX
2011 Sled Island Music Festival, Calgary, Canada
2010 AU Big Band with the Dovekins, Communikey Music Festival, Boulder, CO
2010 Noise Pop Festival, San Francisco, CA
2009 NoveFest, Oslo, Norway
2009 La Botanique Festival, Brussels, Belgium
2009 Musica Nelle Valli, San Martino, Italy
2009 End of the Road Festival, Dorset, UK
2009 Dag in de Branding Festival, Den Haag, Netherlands
2009 Sound Forest Festival, Riga, Latvia
2008 AU Big Band with 20 Member Choir, Time Based Arts Festival, Portland, OR
2007 Carton Service Project, Composer, Performer, AVIATOR Dance Company, Portland, OR
2007 Ten Tiny Dances, Composer/Performer, Time Based Arts Festival, Performer, Portland, OR
2006 Halo 22-Degrees, Composer/Performer, AVIATOR Dance Company, Portland, OR
2015-2016 'The Business of Music.” Camas High School, Camas, WA
Walker, Jerad “Portland's AU Returns With Sprawling Choral Project.” Oregon Public Broadcasting, April, 2016.
Longley, Martin “AU Both Lights Review.” BBC UK, March, 2012.
Friedman, Kevin “Luke Wyland casts light on life, it's struggles in Both Lights.” OregonLive.com, March, 2012
Colly, Joe “AU Versions Review.” Pitchfork Media, January, 2010.
Kaufman, Dan “Le Poisson Rouge Show Preview.” The New Yorker, January, 2008.
SCHOLARSHIPS, GRANTS, and AWARDS
2016 Young Audiences Professional Development, Grant, Portland, OR
2016 Camas Education Foundation, Grant, Camas, WA
2016 Work Room Residency, Te Lucky Penny, Atlanta, GA
2012 The Beauty Shop Residency, Fairfeld, IA
2010 Communikey Arts Festival Residency, Boulder, Co
2005 Media and Performing Arts Award, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2004 Godine Travel Grant, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
2004 Jurors Prize: All School Show, Award, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA