Julia Crowe is a unique American artist – a fingerstyle solo electric guitarist whose music conveys a highly evocative and otherworldly quality with a rock edge. Each track is one take, one guitarist, no overdubbing--important to note--as one trademark of Ms. Crowe’s playing is her ability to make a single Gibson sound like a legion of guitars spinning forth sonic architecture from a single melody.
EMPIRE OF LIGHT is her second release, featuring ten new original tracks which range from the sinuous Middleastern melody of ‘Topkapi Blue,’ to the spiraling vortex and flight pattern of ‘Vaux’s Swifts.’ ‘Cattle Rancher’s Haunted Mirror,’ is a spook house rock n’ roll romp whilst ‘Roses in October,’ reflects all the sweetness and discovery of an unexpected bloom. The CD’s title track, which Ms. Crowe premiered at the 10th Anniversary New York Guitar Seminar, is a musical evocation of time and light named for Rene Magritte’s surrealist painting. The entire album is currently under consideration for a 2012 Grammy nomination for 'Best Alternative Album' and 'Moth,' which has been aired on John Schaefer's New Sounds program on National Public Radio, is currently under consideration for a 2012 Grammy nomination for 'Best Rock Instrumental.'
The album includes the track ‘In a Dark Woods,’ which was named among the ‘Top 100 Picks of Both Youtube and Myspace’ by Musea blog writer Tom Hendricks.
Dubbed a ‘Guitar Sorceress’ by Paul Barrosse, supervising producer of VH1’s Behind the Music series, she has been selected by the former editor of CREEM Magazine to participate in a film documentary by Kerry Shore on women electric guitarists, which includes interviews with Wanda Jackson and Jennifer Batten.
Ms. Crowe is composing music for the feature-length film documentary DROP CITY by filmmakers Joan Grossman and Tom McCourt, which will premiere in autumn 2011 at the MCA Denver (Museum of Contemporary Art - www.mcadenver.org) as part of their ambitious and bold exhibit: ‘The Countercultural Experiment: Consciousness and Encounters at the Edge of Art.’
Ms. Crowe has authored magazine cover stories and features for Classical Guitar Magazine (U.K.), Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Guitar Player, FRETS, Mel Bay's Guitarsessions and Down Beat. She is a monthly columnist for both Classical Guitar Magazine, UK and Gendai Guitar (Japan.) A graduate of the University of Chicago with a degree in English Literature, she has performed in New York, London, Glasgow, Los Angeles, Wexford, Ireland and in Paris. She has also performed solo in Chicago’s Grant Park and Daley Center Plaza.