Julia is a fingerstyle-playing electric guitar soloist and film composer whose music conveys a highly evocative and otherworldly quality with a rock edge. She also works in diverse mediums (photography, painting and digital animation) to enhance the inherent storytelling within her music and create fine art.
She is the author of the indie bestseller My First Guitar: Tales of True Love and Lost Chords from 70 Legendary Musicians (ECW Press), featured in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s library.
She has written music for the soundtrack of Drop City, a film documentary, which has screened at major U.S. and international art and design museum festivals, including MoMA’s Art Dome, The Barbican Cinema in London, The Bosch Film Festival in Amsterdam, Istanbul’s Millenium Design Fest, New Zealand’s Resene Architecture and Design Film Festival and The Seattle Design Festival. She has also recorded music for The Evanstonian, a film documentary retrospective on the works of artist-actor Ron Crawford (of Luc Besson’s Arthur et les Minimoys film series.)
She is currently producing her Istanbul-themed, third album for a 2017 release. EMPIRE OF LIGHT is Julia’s second release of solo instrumental works for the electric guitar. This CD, along with her debut release, SMOKE & STEEL, has been featured along with her book on National Public Radio and Australia’s ABC Radio.
Paul Barrosse, supervising producer for VH1’s Behind the Music, calls her music, “Amazing and otherworldly–Julia is obviously a Guitar Sorceress.”
Fingerstyle Guitar writes, “A musical chameleon with an ethereal sound and a uniquely nightshade hue of the blues, each one of Julia’s pieces tells its own story in varied landscapes of mood, texture and dimension brought together by incandescent guitar playing.”
Over a 10-year span, Ms. Crowe wrote monthly columns, cover stories and features for various publications such as Classical Guitar (UK), Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Gendai Guitar (Japan), Guitar Player, FRETS, Mel Bay’s Guitaresessions and Down Beat. She is the founder of THE GUITAR.
She is the recipient of an American Composer’s Forum Encore Grant and her music was featured among the works of 12 other composers from around the world in SONIC Channels, a concert hosted by The New School University Media Studies Department and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. She has performed at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, the University of Houston and she has headlined at a tiny club in London where both Coldplay and Amy Winehouse made their debuts.
She is a graduate of the University of Chicago.