Lukas by Azure Rue

photo by Florie Namir


Lukas Papenfusscline is a queer creator & performer of new music and theatre based in NYC working with found material, archival research, and ancient documentation. Their style is a diverse fusion of the american folk tradition, jazz, dadaism, and experimentation. ​Recent projects include &CRISEYDE with Experimental Bitch Presents, Katabasis with fourlarks at the Getty Villa, Bottom Feeder created with Julia Duray at Dixon Place, a workshop of Kate Soper's new opera The Romance of the Rose, and Olema, an album of futurefolk music released with their band, mammifères in December 2018. Coming up is Frankenstein at the Wallis Theatre, LedaLeda with Julia Duray, a concert with The Bach Store, recorded music with pianist Ran Blake, and an album of medieval music for mammifères. 

Lukas has appeared with their band at Rockwood Music Hall, Bowery Electric, The Shrine, Silvana, Jalopy Theatre, Hank's Saloon, (New England:) Radio Bean, Club Passim, Lilypad (California:) Basic Flowers, Hotel Utah Saloon, Dolores Park Cafe; 7th Circle Music Collective (Denver), Artichoke Music (Portland); abroad in Paris at Le Divan du Monde and La Maroquinerie. With Ran Blake, in France at Le Petit Faucheux, Collectif PAN, and Jazzdor. Recent theatre & opera appearances at the Wallis Theatre, Getty Villa, Joe's Pub, The Flea Theatre, Dixon Place, Underbelly Edinburgh Fringe, Jefferson Market Library, and the Alchemical Theatre. 

artist statement

I'm a maker of music and theatre, caught somewhere between the middle ages and tomorrow, constantly queering tradition. Trained as a classical vocalist, I seek out new music from the 20th and 21st century, and am equally at home in improvisation, jazz, and American folk. Alongside my band, mammifères, I craft modern tunes based on field recordings, old manuscripts, and stories from the past, updating them with new structural languages of the 21st century.


As a theatre artist, I perform, direct, and produce intimate performances of old and new texts. Unlike the gigging culture in music, theatre allows me to delve further into performance practice, collaboration, and experimentation with longer projects. I aim to create rehearsal and performance space that is sacred and wild to maintain a high standard for performance arts. 

"Lukas sang magnificently and accompanied himself on the piano ... it was once again "The Newest Sound Around" that we were hearing, fascinated."


"...the primordial ooze of nature itself, with familiar songs hissed into being slowly and deliberately, faded and torn from the journey..."

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