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David Crowell

David Crowell

Early-Career Musician, Spring Term

During his fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks, Crowell focused on a new work for string quartet called Cloud Forest, to be premiered by Argus Quartet in fall 2021, and a new percussion quartet to be premiered by Sandbox Percussion at Dumbarton Oaks in spring 2022. Both works explore rhythmically complex, energetic worlds and juxtapose them with spacious, melodic textures. Post fellowship, Dumbarton Oaks has commissioned David to write a new work for the string orchestra A Far Cry, to premiere in April 2022 for the 75th anniversary celebration of their music program.

Composer, instrumentalist, producer, and multimedia artist David Crowell has been praised for compositional work that is “notable for its crystalline sonic beauty” (Boston Globe) and which “pulses with small, ecstatic fibrillations” (New York Times). His music has been performed internationally at festivals and venues including the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), Lucerne Festival Spotlights Series, Library of Congress, MATA Festival, Bang on a Can Summer Marathon, Phillips Collection, Dumbarton Oaks, London Jazz Festival, Mizzou New Music Festival, Cleveland International Classical Guitar Festival, Da Camera Society, Walled City Festival, Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Festival (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Cortona Sessions for New Music, American Music Festival, Tribeca New Music Festival, Festival for New American Music, and National Sawdust; by commissioning ensembles such as the JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, New Morse Code, NOW Ensemble; and by longtime collaborators Sandbox Percussion. He has released music on New Amsterdam, Innova, National Sawdust Tracks, Coviello Classics, and Skirl. His ensemble, Empyrean Atlas, has been featured numerous times on WNYC's New Sounds, including a live performance and interview with John Schafer. From 2007 to 2016, he toured internationally on woodwinds as a member of the Philip Glass Ensemble.