David Crowell


Empyrean Atlas

"Depending on the tune, the interwoven triple-guitar gamesmanship of Empyrean Atlas can run in few different directions: toward the mathy post-punk of Horse Lords or Battles, toward warmly anesthetic ambience (say, Pink Floyd meets Bradford Cox), or toward West African high life. On “Echolocation,” the clangy, lapping repetitions feel most in line with that last influence. The quintet’s movements are coiled and contained, but pulsing with small, ecstatic fibrillations." Giovanni Russonello, New York Times 

"Empyrean Atlas offers bright, peppy Afrobeat jump-up...[they] have strayed a long way from their classical chamber-music roots, and are better and bolder for their ventures." Steve Smith, The Log Journal

"At eighteen minutes, Poly Rush might seem more EP-length teaser than full-length argument on behalf of Empyrean Atlas, yet what a teaser it is...I can't recall another outfit whose polyrhythms lock quite so tightly together as do Empyrean Atlas's...Brief it might be, but a track like “Echolocation,” for example, is very much capable of inducing an entranced swoon the moment that dazzling interplay appears." Textura

"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

"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

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