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Empyrean Atlas

by Empyrean Atlas

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Green Arrow 03:42
Katsanzaira 00:54
Eye to Eye 04:06
Cypress 07:59
Cloud 05:06
Redwood 05:12


The initial spark for Empyrean Atlas began one fine summer evening at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn, listening to the legendary musician Thomas Mapfumo wind his way through one incredible groove after another, accompanied by a band with one of the greatest feels ever heard. When you experience something that good, it’s hard to not try and respond. Finding similar inspirations in the music of Steve Coleman and Steve Reich, the seed that would become Empyrean Atlas was planted.

The album was recorded over the course of several sessions in the Hudson Valley and Brooklyn, NY.

Empyrean Atlas is:

David Crowell | alto saxophone + mbira
Andrew Smiley | guitar
Grey Mcmurray | guitar
Greg Chudzik | bass
Jason Nazary | drums


released February 19, 2013

produced by David Crowell & Ryan Ferreira
mixed by Ryan Ferreira
mastered by Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering
recorded by Paul Antonell at the Clubhouse
additional recording in Brooklyn by Ryan Ferreira
additional guitar by Ryan Ferreira

all music written by David Crowell, except Cloud (Crowell/Ferreira)

artwork by CJ Rosenthal



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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, Happy Place, Little Women and many others. In July 2015, Wilco named Inner Circle as one of their 17 favorite records of the year. ... more

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