Bass / Percussion
Born, raised, and schooled on the east coast, Luke now resides in Berkeley, California where he performs, records, and teaches music for a living. Luke has played in many bands over the years ranging in style from alt country to jazz to free-form experimental music. Luke has been listening to music from Africa since he was an early teen. Inspired by the complexity, beauty, and groove of West African percussion, Nigerian Afrobeat, Shona Mbira music, Central African Pygmy music, Ethiopian funk and jazz, and most recently Tuareg music, Luke has an affinity for many kinds of music from Africa. While studying at Sarah Lawrence College, Luke took ethnomusicology and spent a semester focusing on West African rhythm and sensibility. He also did an independent project on Shona Mbira music. While at Sarah Lawrence Luke played multiple instruments in the African Percussion Ensemble. Besides recording and producing his own music under the moniker LakeCube, Luke produces and plays with Firemaid and plays bass, guitar, keys, and effects in recording sessions and live with a number of Bay Area groups.