Musician, educator and trans-media artist, Joseph Lukasik believes in exploring all creative corners of the mind. “Learn one thing really, really well. Then, learn to express yourself through different means – in part to maintain the beginner’s mind, and keep the process of learning fresh by taking you outside the boundaries of your daily craft.”
Founder of the Music Technology Program at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Joseph also taught undergraduate courses in composition, Jazz performance and honors music theory. His students have gone on to have significant careers as performers, composers and recording professionals. He holds degrees in music composition from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Joseph’s music has been performed internationally and his recordings log airings throughout the world as well. In 1991, he won first prize in the Barlow International Competition for his composition ‘Ho Hiyuwaye’.
As a performer, Joseph rivets listeners with soulful and intense playing on saxophones and clarinet fronting his own group, playing with the Boulder Klezmer Consort, or augmenting other artist’s ensembles. He’s been called “a musician’s musician” and yet can get people up and dancing performing solo. Joseph’s unique and compelling style is rooted deeply in authentic Jazz graced with Eastern European Klezmer and Gypsy music.