David Crowell


"Waiting in the Rain For Snow"
recorded by the NOW Ensemble on New Amsterdam Records

“David Crowell’s ‘Waiting in the Rain For Snow’ is notable for its crystalline sonic beauty.” Boston Globe

“…a hymnal to a hidden process, the sense of transformation etched and sculpted by intricate, repeated figures in guitar and piano overlaid and compounded by shifting, drifting patterns in woodwinds.” Classical Review

"The Open Road"
composed for and performed by the JACK Quartet

“David Crowell’s alluring, vibrant ‘Open Road’ evoked expansive vistas. After a stately opening and sparse textures, the music morphed into an energetic canvas with a fast Minimalist pulse.” New York Times

“The concert ended with David Crowell’s cinematographic and Minimalist ‘Open Road,’ an inspired work that evoked Mr. Crowell’s frequent road trips out West.” New York Times

Empyrean Atlas

"Empyrean Atlas looks like a rock band but sounds like a cross between Philip Glass and King Sunny Ade. Blending the sounds of West African pop with New York minimalism, guitarist/sax player David Crowell leads a quintet that includes two additional guitarists with bass and drums."  WNYC's New Sounds

“…writing for this new outfit combines Minimalist drive and Afropop shimmer – a bright infectious mix.” TimeOut NY

"...Empyrean Atlas has an African-music inflected style that also brings to mind Ornette Coleman’s record Dancing in Your Head." Huffington Post

The album Eucalyptus
released by Innova recordings (2012)

“Crowell’s use of layering encompasses the cannily composed with just the right taste of aleatory to allow for a bit of improvisational sounding organicism to zestily season a distinctive sound world…a lovely and warm aural bath (Eucalyptus)…the piece’s (Throw Down Your Heart) busily corruscating mallet-played melodies remind one of an entire shop of banjos and mbiras (thumb pianos) being played all at once.” Sequenza21

The album Spectrum
released by Innova Recordings (2010)

“…Crowell’s singular vision transcends genre; no amount of hyphens can pin him down…” Exclaim