Biography

#2Bio smallWendy Luck, internationally recognized flutist, vocalist, composer, and multimedia artist has concertized in the United States, Italy, France, Poland, Germany, Budapest, Morocco, Portugal, Greece, Egypt, Israel, Costa Rica, and Mexico. Residing in New York City, her array of artistic venues ranges from orchestral/chamber performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and Merkin Hall, to Big Band music as lead vocalist/flutist at the Rainbow Room in New York City, to jazz and avant-garde at the Knitting Factory, Roulette, and The Kitchen, to the comedy club circuit, as comedienne with “The Outcasts,” to recording her own compositions in Egypt inside the Great Pyramid and in the temples along the Nile. These CDs are entitled The Ancient Key and The Ancient Journey. In performance, she utilizes the uniquely edited video footage taken during her experience in Egypt. This original performance piece integrates her playing live with the footage, creating a multidimensional musical experience. She has been asked by the Egyptian Embassy to become a “Music Ambassador of Peace,” performing her music at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. A third CD, See You in Rio, which was recorded in Brazil with the notable rhythm section (Nelson Faria, Ney Conceiçao, Kiko Frietas) of legendary composer and singer João Bosco, features Brazilian jazz. A fourth CD, Orchids and Moonbeams, a jazz and classical alchemy, features her lyrics, voice and flute playing, with the music of Michael Kraft. Her originally conceived, written, and performed one-woman show entitled Aquatic Information, a multimedia presentation consisting of her music compositions, video backdrops, live video projection, animation, characters, and staging, was selected for the Venus Theater Festival for Women Playwrights Competition and J-Fest, both in New York City. As a flutist, vocalist, composer, actress, and multimedia artist, she #1Bio-sminterweaves a miraculously discovered old cassette tape of her Russian Jewish grandmother telling her story of escaping from the Bolsheviks, and another tape made from an old 78 rpm record of her grandfather chanting cantorial trope, together with the experience of her own American assimilation, the wonder of the magical child, and a newfound spiritual awareness.

Ms. Luck has appeared in theater, on television, radio and film. In her recent major movie debut as Fiddler Luck in Adriana Trigiani’s new movie, Big Stone Gap (with Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson, Jenna Elfmann, Whoopie Goldberg), Wendy plays flute, sings, fiddles, and acts. Other recent guest appearances include performances at the Blue Note with Robert Mwamba, with Eamonn McCrystal for a PBS special in Ireland, the Cabo Jazz Festival, and featured flutist for Gabriele Juvan’s Nest. As both a musician and comedienne, she has performed regularly at New York’s comedy clubs, The Improv, Catch a Rising Star, The Comic Strip, and Dangerfield’s, combining music and comedy. As an eight-year member of the zany, all female, musical comedy group “The Outcasts,” she performed the NYC comedy club circuit on a regular basis.

As a musician, performances with her jazz quartet include venues such as Windows on the World, Waldorf Astoria, Carlyle Hotel, Cornelia Street Café, and countless clubs; as well as in Atlantic City at the Tropicana, Resorts International, and Caesar’s as the opening act for David Brenner, Julio Iglesis, and others. She has also worked and #3Bio recorded with such jazz and avant-garde artists as Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Oliver Lake, Marion Brown, Ed Blackwell, Dave Holland, Karl Berger, Wallace Roney, Anthony Braxton, Bob Moses, Jack DeJohnette, Sam Rivers, Tyrone Brown, Joe Lovano, Rodolfo Alchourron, and Cyro Baptista, Bucky Pizzarelli, Ed Laub, Dinu Ghezzo, Jerome Kitzke, Carmen Moore. A series of concerts featuring her music with Allen Ginsberg reading his poetry took place at Naropa Institute in Colorado. Earlier appearances include the Rome Festival Orchestra in Italy and the Aspen Music Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She studied flute at the Conservatory in Nice, France, with J.P. Rampal, and is forever composing music in countless styles. Other significant flute teachers include Julius Baker, Sam Baron, Ransom Wilson, Alain Marion, Tom Nyfenger, and Harvey Estrin. Wendy Luck has won numerous awards for her compositions and can be found in Scott Yanow’s book, The Jazz Singers: The Ultimate Guide. Ms. Luck received her BFA with Honors in Flute Performance from the University of Wisconsin, MA in Composition, Performance, and Multimedia from NYU’s Gallatin School, and PhD in Music Composition and Performance from NYU. Continual research in music and healing inspired her masters thesis entitled The Therapeutic and Healing Effects of Music and Sound. Luck’s highly regarded and innovative dissertation entitled Flute, Voice, Muse, and Multimedia: Creating a Work of Performance Art, is a comprehensive and visionary work available through UMI Publishing.