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August 24, 2017Record Release PartyWe are very excited to celebrate the release of our new record Poly Rush with fellow Brooklyn sonic voyagers, ensemble et al, at Baby's All Right, November 5th! Poly Rush is coming out on November 3rd.
March 12, 2017New Record!Folks, there is a new record. It's all done and we can't wait to share it with you. Release date will be in the late summer. More details soon.
July 23, 2015Wilco promotes Inner CircleOne of the biggest and best bands in the world, Wilco, promotes Inner Circle as one of their 17 favorite new albums. We're honored they feel that way! Check out the announcement here, and make sure to buy their new album Star Wars.
July 20, 2015New videosEmpyrean Atlas has recently released two new videos, for Sycamore and Cynthia. You can check them out on our video page as well!
May 13, 2015Wing Walker PodcastDavid talks to Drew Williams of the Wing Walker Podcast.click here for more info
March 26, 2015Buke and Gase, Wing Walker MixtapeShow last night with Buke and Gase was amazing and inspiring. Keep your eye on Gavin Brown Enterprise for future awesome shows. In the meantime we are on the latest Wing Walker Mixtape. Check us out along with music by Little King, Michael Attias and other great independent artists.
January 8, 2015Empyrean Atlas in TexturaEmpyrean Atlas is in this month's issue of Textura magazine. Featured is our track Looking Both Ways from the new record, available here.
December 9, 2014Empyrean Atlas live performance/interview on WNYC's New SoundsYesterday we recorded a live performance/interview with host John Schaefer that will air on WNYC 's New Sounds, December 10th, 11pm. Check out the podcast here!
December 2, 2014Inner Circle out today.Check out the new record here!
November 25, 2014I Care If You Listen exclusive stream of Inner CircleFrom 11/25-30, I Care If You Listen will be offering an exclusive opportunity to stream the new album in full. If you like what you hear, head on over to our Bandcamp site and pre-order the album (out 12.2.14)
October 19, 2014BRIC performance/interview on October 30thEmpyrean Atlas will be appearing on the BRIC B-Side series October 30th, at 7:30pm. BRIC is a leading promoter and producer of independent music in Brooklyn, including the Celebrate Brooklyn concert series in Prospect Park. You can watch live on on Time Warner 756, Verizon Fios 46, Cablevision 70, or BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia. Full performance and selected clips will also be available on BRIC's B-Side page after the show.click here for more info
July 24, 2014Empyrean Atlas on WNYC's New SoundsA mainstay of the New York City downtown scene for decades, John Schaefer plays a couple EA tracks in his show on electric guitarists/composers.click here for more info
May 14, 2014In Rehearsal with Empyrean AtlasVideo feature in Issue 3 of the I Care If You Listen Magazine.click here for more info
April 3, 2014Empyrean Atlas just finished mastering our new recordMore info and updates on release coming soon.
March 17, 2014David talks to the Huffington Post about Empyrean Atlasclick here for more info
Empyrean Atlas is:

David Crowell: guitar, alto saxophone
Andrew Smiley: guitar
Will Chapin: guitar
Greg Chudzik: bass
Jason Nazary: drums

Empyrean Atlas, the band of composer/multi-instrumentalist David Crowell, has been described by TimeOut NY as combining "Minimalist drive and Afropop shimmer - a bright infectious mix,” and by Lucid Culture as "alternately hypnotic and kinetic."

Members of Empyrean Atlas have performed and/or recorded with the Philip Glass Ensemble, The National, Bear in Heaven, Steve Reich, Steve Coleman, Bing & Ruth, Briars of North America, Olga Bell, Little Women and many others. Empyrean Atlas has been featured several times on WNYC's New Sounds program, including a live performance/interview with host John Schaefer. Says Schaefer: “Empyrean Atlas looks like a rock band but sounds like a cross between Philip Glass and King Sunny Ade.” The band has also appeared in the Huffington Post, Textura, and icareifyoulisten.

In July 2015, Wilco named Inner Circle as one of their 17 favorite records of the year, promoting the list on their website and through magazines like Pitchfork, Stereogum and Paste.

The new album, Poly Rush, will be released on November 3rd by Secret Villages. All music is available here.
…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
...alternately hypnotic and kinetic.Lucid Culture
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
…each part in its own right had a captivating sense of horizontal melody, and put together wove a more complex tapestry.icareifyoulisten

Upcoming Performances

Sunday, November 5, 2017
Double Record Release Party w/ ensemble et al
Baby's All Right
Brooklyn, NY

Past Performances

Monday, July 11, 2016
Empyrean Atlas w/ Maitri
Bushwick Basement Bar
Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Empyrean Atlas w/ Mandingo Ambassadors
Brooklyn, NY
Performing with the amazing Mandingo Ambassadors!
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Empyrean Atlas w/ Briars of North America
Hudson, NY
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Empyrean Atlas w/ Briars of North America
Threes Brewing
Brooklyn, NY
Friday, July 24, 2015
Empyrean Atlas w/ Voice Coils & Stern
Silent Barn
Brooklyn, NY
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Empyrean Atlas w/ Buke and Gase
Gavin Brown Enterprise Gallery
New York, NY
Performance in conjunction with a new exhibition on Christopher Knowles, visual artist, and most widely known for his contributions to the libretto of Einstein on the Beach. 291 Grand location.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
Empyrean Atlas w/ Jason Ajemian & Darkminster
Home Audio
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, December 11, 2014
CD release show! Empyrean Atlas w/ Battle Trance and Very Feeling
Silent Barn
Brooklyn, NY
Empyrean Atlas and Very Feeling both celebrate the release of their new records, Inner Circle and Dynasty. Very exciting night of music!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
WNYC's New Sounds
WNYC Studios
New York, NY
Empyrean Atlas in studio interview/performance on WNYC's New Sounds with John Schaefer. We will be performing music from our new album, Inner Circle. This segment will also be airing live on WNYC's Soundcheck website, 2pm, on 12/8.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Empyrean Atlas w/ the Cellar and Point and the Knells
Brooklyn, NY
the Cellar and Point will be celebrating the release of their record on Cuneiform.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
Empyrean Atlas w/ Glue Gun Optimism
Pete's Candy Store
Brooklyn, NY
Thursday, October 30, 2014
BRIC B-Side Series
BRIC House Studio
Brooklyn, NY
Video taping of a live performance/interview for the BRIC B-Side series. Watch live on Time Warner 756, Verizon Fios 46, Cablevision 70, or BRICartsmedia.org/bkindiemedia
click here for more info
Saturday, August 16, 2014
Empyrean Atlas w/ the Knells and Christopher Tignor
New York, NY
Saturday, May 10, 2014
Empyrean Atlas w/ Bonjour
Pete's Candy Store
Brooklyn, NY
Monday, March 24, 2014
Empyrean Atlas w/ Build, Victoire & itsnotyouitsme
Katherine Helen Fisherproducer, filmmaker, performer, choreographerhttp://katherinehelenfisher.com/
David Crowellcomposition.improvisation.woodwinds.guitarhttp://davidcrowell.org
Aestheticize MediaWeb designhttp://www.aestheticize.com

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'Cynthia' by Empyrean Atlas
The music video for 'Cynthia' by Empyrean Atlas. Music by David Crowell, Art by Fay Ku, designed, directed and animated by C. J. Rosenthal
"Sycamore" by Empyrean Atlas on Vimeo
Empyrean Atlas: David Crowell Andrew Smiley Ryan Ferreira Greg Chudzik Jason Nazary Music composed by David Crowell Directed by Eli Rarey and Katherine…
In Rehearsal with Empyrean Atlas
We met with David Crowell, composer, instrumentalist, and frontman of Brooklyn-based Empyrean Atlas, as the band was rehearsing for an upcoming gig. Empyrean...
The Living Room Series featuring Empyrean Atlas
What is The Living Room Series, you ask? The equation is simple: Fantastic Musicians + Someone's Living Room = Magic