Composer Luke Gullickson is taking a more thoughtful approach with “Crossing New Mexico with Weldon Kees and Ray Gonzalez,” his world premiere at the Las Puertas Event Center in Chatter on Sunday, Feb. 24. The commission marks the debut of Chatter’s New Works Initiative. Gullickson will perform the piece on piano with flutist Jesse Tatum and violinist David Felberg.
Now completing his master’s degree in piano at the University of New Mexico, Gullickson was inspired by a poem by Ray Gonzalez. Formerly of El Paso, Gonzalez now teaches at the University of Minnesota.
“I’m really interested in themes of travel and journeys and the idea of travel as a musical metaphor,” Gullickson said.