#3671: Empyrean Atlas, Live

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Hear guitars aplenty, from a performance by the Afro-poppy minimalist band Empyrean Atlas to Noveller's looped soundscapes, and works by Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists.

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, Brooklyn-based composer/guitarist/sax player David Crowell leads a quintet that includes two additional guitarists with bass and drums.  Their latest record is "Inner Circle"  and they join us in the studio to perform some of those shimmery motoric pulse-driven tunes.  

Then, listen to music from Noveller, the moniker of guitarist and composer Sarah Lipstate, who uses lots of looping devices to create ambient electronic guitar-driven sonic landscapes.  Plus multiple guitar works by Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists, and just a little Dominic Frasca.

PROGRAM #3671 Empyrean Atlas, Live (First aired on 12/10/2014)  

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Green Arrow, excerpt [3:43]
RECORDING: Empyrean Atlas
SOURCE: empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Sycamore [3:04]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC 12/10/2014
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: appears on "Inner Circle," available at empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Coming Home [3:27]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC 12/10/2014
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: appears on "Inner Circle," available at empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Looking Both Ways [2:32]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC 12/10/2014
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: appears on "Inner Circle," available at empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Cynthia [2:56]
RECORDING: Live, WNYC 12/10/2014
SOURCE: This performance not commercially available.
INFO: appears on "Inner Circle," available at empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Empyrean Atlas
WORK: Redwood [5:12]
RECORDING: Empyrean Atlas
SOURCE: empyreanatlas.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists
WORK: The Moving Force [1:50]
RECORDING: Show of Hands
SOURCE: Editions EG EEG 2102
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Robert Fripp and the League of Crafty Guitarists
WORK: Asturias [3:19]
RECORDING: Show of Hands
SOURCE: Editions EG EEG 2102
INFO: Available at Amazon.com

ARTIST: Noveller
WORK: Starve [3:24]
RECORDING: Bleached Valentine
SOURCE: Saffron Recordings 002
INFO: noveller.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Noveller
WORK: Before the After [6:02]
RECORDING: Artifact
SOURCE: Saffron Recordings 003
INFO: noveller.bandcamp.com

ARTIST: Dominic Frasca
WORK: Two Pages, excerpt [17:49]
RECORDING: Deviations
SOURCE: Cantaloupe CA21032
INFO: Try Amazon.com