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David Crowell

Farmingville, NY      

Brooklyn-based composer, instrumentalist and producer David Crowell brings a “singular vision that transcends genre” (Exclaim) to diverse forms of composed and improvisational music, and has been praised for work that is “notable for its crystalline sonic beauty” (Boston Globe) and “pulses with small, ecstatic fibrillations” (New York Times). 

David’s music has been performed at venues and festivals including the Lucerne Festival Spotlights Series, Library of Congress, London Jazz Festival, MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival, Walled City Festival, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival, Cortona Sessions for New Music and the Tribeca New Music Festival, by commissioning ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, New Morse Code, Now Ensemble, and Sandbox Percussion. His work has also been performed by noted international performers Mak Grgic, Dan Lippel, Colin Davin, Ayano Kataoka and Ian Rosenbaum. In a recent project organized by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, David completed a new percussion quartet co-commissioned by ensembles and universities including Third Coast Percussion, Sandbox Percussion, Boston Conservatory, University of North Texas and University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

In New York City, his work has been featured at Carnegie Hall (Weill), Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Sawdust, Merkin Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, Symphony Space, the Stone and Joe’s Pub.

An extended work for multiple saxophones and electronics, Eucalyptus, was performed by the composer at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art in conjunction with Carlito Carvalhosa’s exhibition, Sum of Days. David has also worked with choreographers John Malashock and Maria Basile of sjDANCEco.

A recording featuring Eucalyptus was released by Innova Recordings. David’s music has also been featured on New Amsterdam, VIA & Skirl, with Spring 2020 releases on Coviello Classics and New Focus. 

David’s band, Empyrean Atlas, has released three albums. From the New York Times: “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.” Empyrean Atlas has been featured numerous times on WNYC’s New Sounds program, including a live performance/interview with John Schaefer.

As a woodwinds performer David toured internationally as a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble from 2007-16. He has also performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Reich, the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Signal Ensemble, and the Asphalt Orchestra.

As an educator, David has worked with Found Sound Nation to produce music with kids enrolled in the Social Justice Leadership Academy, a program of the Kite’s Nest in Hudson, NY. In October 2016, he collaborated with Omnibus Ensemble (Uzbekistan) and young Central Asian musicians to create an hour-long program that toured Central Asia, organized by CEC ArtsLink and sponsored by the U.S. State Department. In 2009, 2012 & 2013, he completed commissions for A4TY, a project at the Bloomingdale School of Music designed to foster learning and interaction between students and working composers. David has also presented lectures on his music, most recently at Manhattan School of Music, Duquesne University, and California State University, Sacramento.