David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

Current and Past Shows
2008 Calendar
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DECEMBER - 2008

December1 - 8:30-11 pmNOW IS STILL THE TIME-FIFTY THREE YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets, film makers and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Guest artists join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass, Adam Amram congas, Maria Teresa Colamonico percussion.
Featured guests are actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos .and singer/songwriter Morley Kamen. Other surprise performers will also appear.
Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village New York


NOVEMBER - 2008

November 257:30 pm NEW YORK PERFORMANCE WITH BANJO VIRTUOSO JOHN McEuen of NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND

Amram joins John McEuen and his son Nathan at the Canal Room in NYC. McEuen recently invited Amram to perform on the new Steve Martin CD he is producing.. McEuen and Amram have toured together with Three Jammin' Gents in various locales across the USA.


nov 21-December 31 day and night COMPLETING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009 with piano soloist John Nakamatsu and the Symphony Silicon Valley of San Jose California, conducted by Paul Polivnick Amram is also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 1968 memoir Vibrations:The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram due to be re-released in March of 2009, joining Paradigm's publication in paperback of his two recent books OffBeat: Collaboratng With Kerouac and Upbeat : Nine Lives of a Musical Cat


Nov 11-Nov 23 Day and nightCOMPLETING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009 with piano soloist John Nakamatsu and the Symphony Silicon Valley of San Jose California, conducted by Paul Polivnick Amram is also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 1968 memoir Vibrations:The Adventures and Musical Times of David Amram due to be re-released in March of 2009, joining Paradigm's publication in paperback of his two recent books OffBeat: Collaboratng With Kerouac and Upbeat : Nine Lives of a Musical Cat


November 10th 8 pm and 8:45 pm • HEALTHCARE NOW A benefit concert to further the cause of National HealthCare

St. Marks Church 131 E. 10th St., NYC

Amram is opening performer for the benefit, thirty minutes prior to performing with his Trio at actor Jerry Stiller's tribute at nearby Players Club at 16 Central Park South at 845 Central Park South.


Nov 8 6-10 pm USA PREMIERE OF "THE FRONTIER GHANDI" at the Lincoln Center, followed by a concert "World Beat"
Twenty-one years in the making, Teri McCluhan's epic 90 minute documetary film, shot in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan is receiving its US premiere at the South East Asian Film Festival at the
Lincoln Center. Amram composed, orchestrated and conducted the score, well as performing for it with virtuoso musicians including Badal Roy on tablas and outstanding symphonic musicians from major orchestras drwan from the greater New York area.
Following the 6 pm screening of the film, Amram will give a concert World Beat at 8 pm

Both the Premiere screening and concert are to be held in Allen Room at Lincoln Center New York City at 6 pm and the concert at 8pm

Call Lincoln Center South East Asian Film Festival for further details.


Nov 5th 2008 noon-1 pm • Televison interview with film maker Teri McCluhan, about his new score for McCluhan's documentary film The Frontier Ghandi which will receive its USA premiere at the Lincoln Center, followed by Amram's concert World Beat which will given following the screening on November 8th at the South East Asian Film Festival in New York City.


Nov 3 2008 all day and nughtCOMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE FOR COLUMBIA COLLEGE

Collaborations in the Arts: Composing symphonies and concertos for the concert hall,opera, theater, film, and spoken word.

Amram works with students, showing Professor Ron Falzone's students how his work with director Elia Kazan for the 1960 score for Splendor in the
Grass
was created, how jazz and symphonic music were incorporated, and the prior collaboratons with Kazan in the theater. The relationship of spontenaity and formality, which The Actor's Studio championed, will also be discussed, and how the community of visual artists, actors, playwrites, film makers, concert composers, jazz musicians and novelists all influenced
the creation of the score. and how today, all young people ca create their own films, with advanced technology, and bypass the entire Hollywood establishment.


Nov 2 2008 8:30 pm AT HOME AROUND THE WORLD

Amram is joined by guitarist Fareed Haque, bassist Frank Smith and drummer Kenny Phelps in a featured concert (SOLD OUT!!)held at the new Morse Theater, for the Chicago Humanities Festival.
The concert will feaured music from around the World, as well as Amram's own compositions. readings from Jack Kerouac's On the Road[with music and classics of Jazz, Latin and Native American music.

Morse Theater
1328
W. Morse Ave
8:30 pm


AUGUST - 2008

August 22-30th day and nightDEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION: AMRAM APPOINTED COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE

Amram will give a series of concerts prior to and during the convention in Denver, including a gala free concert at the Convention Center August 24.
The program is titled From Fanny Lou Hamer to Martin Luther King to Barack Obama: How Civil Rights chanded American Politics. The guest of honor is Representative John Conyers.
The program will include perfomances of Amram's Three Songs for America for bass/baritone and chamber orchestra, ](musical settings of speeches by John F Kennedy, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, composed in 1968 for PBS.) He will also conduct the Denver Childen's Chorale in Three Songs for Young Peoplewhich honor the legacies of Native American singer Floyd Red Crow Westerman, jazz icon and composer Thelonious Monk and band leader and pioneer of Afro-Cuban music Machito.
He will conduct the world premiere premiere of a new piece using both the Childen's Chorale, his Denver based jazz quartet, and create the score for a special documentary film to be shown during this gala concert of the 24th, s well as performing music by Charlie Parker with his quartet.

The concert is sponsored by the Democratic National Convention, The Denver Public Library, Rocky Mountain PBS and Nation Magazine.

During the week, he will also also appear as a guest soloist with other artists and ensembles in concerts throughout the city.

Final details TBA shortly


JULY - 2008

July 9-12 Day and night ANNUAL WOODYFEST IN OKEMA OKLAHOMA

amram returns for fourth conseccutive year in a festival with Judy collins, Country Joe McDonald and artists from acoss the country, celebrating the legacy of Woody Guthrie.
Amram will give a concert, s well as accompany poets from Oklahoma in a special afternoon program, discuss his recent composition Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie , play for a tribute to Phil Ochs, and perform with young musicians during their concerts. His son Adam Amram and his daughter-in-law Teresa Colamonaco will both be performing with him.

Festival is held throughout the town of Okemah Oklhoma. (See website of WoodyFest for details)


July 7 8:30-11 pm FIFTY THREE YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Surprise guest join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram congas.
Actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos and other guests will also appear.


July 5 7-11 pm INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION OF FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF PASSIM'S

A tribute to a half a century of innovative new music of all genres in one of America's first and oldest arts cafes


Originally known as the Club 47, Psasim's has survived for a half a century as a community based mecca for acoustic music of all styles, providing a venue for some of the country's best musicians, song writers and poets.
Bob Donlan and his wife Rae Anne are honored in this special program, for their decades of work in preserving Passim's unique character. In addition to classics of jazz, world music, readings from "On the Road" with music and 'Amram's own compositions, there will be an on staged documented interview by Dave Palmer of the Lowell Sun, speaking to Amram about the shared friendship of Bob Donlan, Amram and Jack Kerouac since 1956, prior to the pubication of "On the Road' and the ensuing cultural and social changes which have occured since then. Guest muaicians and readers will appear with Amram and his quartet, celebrating the spirit of spontanaity and shared creativity which remains the inspiration fo today's young artists

Passims 47 Palmer Street 7 PM $20 admission for whole evening


July 1st 8 pm til midnight Rendezvous avec le Festivsl du Jazz a Montreal

Amram returns to the Montreal Jazz Festival for a bi-lingual (English and French)concert. performing with his trio, in classics of jazz, world music and his own compositions. Since his scoring of the feature documentary film Nous Sommes Jeunes which debuted for the opening of Expo in 1967 in Montreal, Amram has appeared there for eight years as conductor for young people's concerts with the Montreal Symphony, as well as a solist with chamber orchestras and with other festivals of music of all genres over the past forty years.

JAZZ UPSTAIRS- 1254 McCay (corner of McCay and St Catherine's) 8 PM
Telephone 514 522-8405 for further information


JUNE - 2008

June 30 10 am- 6 pmRecording of Steve Martin's Music

Banjo virtuoso and founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Jon McKueun has invited Amram to perform on a new record he is producing with actor, author and banjo-player Steve Martin. The recording features members of an all-star band with Martin himself performing on banjo and singng for a CD of all his original compositions, to be released in early 2009.


June 27 4 pm-midnight BACK HOME IN INDIANA WITH DAVID AMRAM

A tribute to Bloomington and Indiana's enduring contributions to the arts.
James Canary, conservator the the origial Scroll for Kerouac's
On the Road has invited Amram to perform with local musicians and poets in Bloomington, following his concerts at the Indanapolis Museum of Art. In addition to the jazz masters, symphonic musicians and novelists whom amram honored in his Indianpolis concerts, the evening will be a tribute to composer David Baker and the faculty of the Indiana Unversity music department and the music of John Cougar Melloncamp and his band members, all of whom appear annualy at the Farm Aid concerts, where Amram performs with Willie Nelson for the past twenty years. There will also be interviews and recordings by radio station WFIU
Concert from 7 pm until 11 pm


June 25-June 26 &-10 pm ON THE ROAD WITH KEROUAC AND ROBERT FRANK
A Celebration in words and music of the original Scroll for On the Road and the exhibition of photographs by Robert Frank from his book The Americans.[/ib}

Amram, with Indianapolis musicians Kenny Phelps and Frank Smith gives a free concert at the Indoanapolis Museum of Art. The program includes performances of classics of jazz, world music, his own compositions and accompaniament for readers reciting the words of Kerouac as written in the oridginal Scroll version of his novel On the Road
The evening also celebrates the masters of jazz in Indanapolis, whom Kerouac wrote about and with whom Amram first played in 1952, when he visited Indiana Avenue to jam while stationed at Camp Breckenridge Kentucky
during his basic training as dreaftee in the US Army.The program will also honor Indiana authors Dan Wakefield and Kurt Vonnegut, with whom Amram collaborated and the Indianapolis Symphony which Amram has guest conducted.

PULLIAM HALL FREE ADMISSION 7-9 PM


APRIL - 2008

April 24 8 pm 8PM returns for the fourth year to the JazzMouth Fstival to play at the opening of their Film Festival in Portsmouth New Hampshire.The opening night will have a screening of "Witchcraft Through the Ages", featuring a soundtrack by Jean-Luc Ponty and narration by William Burroughs. This will be followed by music by Larry Simon's Seacoast All-Stars & David Amram, and readings of works by William Burrooughs.


April 22 day and night
10:30 to noon , Orwig Room 112,
Amram is guest lecturer for Profesor Shapiro's orchestration class, and describes his work woth the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the challenges and rewards for today's young composers, and how to incorporate new elements of world music into the symphonic arena.

1-3 pm Public High School appearances at the JMW Arts HS, in Pawtucket, demonstrating instruments and musical cultures from around the world.

This will be followed by an in depth Christopher Lydon interview, discussing Amram's current compositional activities and performances, including his upcoming appearance at 2008 Democratic Convention providing his music for a bi-lingual concert for families and a special program conducting his classical works.


April 218 -10:30 pm 8 PM Aurea Meets Amram .
the prize winning chamber music emnsemble Aurea performs some of Amram's most significant chamber music as well as songs and narration with concert music set with the words of william Shakespeare and Jack Kerouac.
The performance is at Grant Recital Hall

Performers include Charles Sherba, violin; Consuelo Sherba, viola; Emmanuel Feldman, cello; Rachel Broude, flute; George Lopez, piano; Chris Turner, harmonica; Nigel Gore, reader; David Amram, piano, percussion, improvisations.

the concert is followed by an interview moderated by award winning radio journalist Christopher Lydon.


April 20all day - Sunday, April 20

1 PM, Nine Lives of a Musical Cat
A concert for children and parents,held at the Pawtucket Congregational Church 40 Walcott St, Pawtucket. Based on David Amram's latest book, with Amram performing music from around the world, sponsored by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School; and the Pawtucket Armory Arts Exchange.

5 PM Road Diaries and Crisscrossing the Country, Chasing Cool
Held at Blue State Coffee 300 Thayer Street, Providence, amram will be joined by Dr. Audrey Sprenger and describe their 2007 cross country trip re-tracing Kerouac's journey of 50 years ago,reading articels which they wrote for the Village Voice's on-line commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the publication of Kerouac's On the Road.
This will be followed by a screaning of Pull My Daisy, The classic short film narrated by Kerouac, with Amram's score and a cast including Ginsberg, Corso,Larry Rivers and Amram himself.

7:00 PM Screening of Splendor in The Grass followed by a discussion with Dr. Audrey Sprenger , Part Three of In Reel/Real Time.


Saturday April 19 1 pm and 4 pm 1PM, Blue State Coffee, 300 Thayer Street, Providence
In Reel/Real Time . Screening of Elia Kazan's The Arrangement
Amram will discuss the adventures with director Elia Kazan in 1969 when they searched New York to find Greek and Turkish musicians who could perform in Amram's score, which included symphonic and jazz artists,all designed to give the music the authenticity required to show the contrast which Kazan's novel explored,expressing the principle character's conflicts when combining his old country roots with the New World of the USA.
Sociologist Dr. Audrey Sprenger will comment on the Canadian and American way of dealing with ethnicity in societies which stress upward mobility at the expense of dealing with ones own own heritage, since his was a central theme of the film, modeled on Kazan's own struggles in life.

4PM, Grant Recital Hall
Amram discusses the history of composing his cantata, A Year in Our Land,[/]and his work with Jack Kerouac in finding the books to help design its structure of celebrating the four seasons on th American continent, and how he designed the musical composition when setting the texts of James Baldwin, Jack Kerouac, John Dos Passos, Thomas Wolfe, John Steinbeck and Walt Whitman, Excerpts of the cantata will be played.


Friday April 184pm+10 pmFriday, April 18 4PM, Grant Recital Hall
The Legacy of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus.
The survey with musical examples will include a discussion of their shared connections with Pan African music and their interest in European classical music, Mid Eastern and Asian art, and mysticism.

10 PM, Grant Recital Hall
From Cairo to Kerouac Classics of Jazz, World Music and the words of Jack Kerouac
Amram's Quartet Jazz Quartet (Kevin Twigg, drums; Don Miller, bass; Adam Amram, congas, with special guest Chris Turner, harmonica play clasics of jazz. Latin and world music, Amram's own compositions and selections from Kerouac's On the Road which Kerouac and Amram debuted in New York's first-ever jazz/poetry readings in the Fall of 1957 at the Brata Art Gallery.


Thursday April 17 4-9:30 pmThursday, April 17

4 to 5:45, Orwig Music Building, Room 112

From Bach to Charlie Parker; Purity of Intent and An Exquisite Choice of Notes. Amram is the guest lecturer for Shep Shapiro's music composition class. He will show Professor Shapiro's students how Charlie Parker constructed his spontanious improvised solos with the same harmonic and melodic mastery that Bach employed in his formal compositions. He will also discuss how Parker's solos, which sounded as if they had been written out, have an en\motional relationship to Bach's noted skills as an improvisor, which gave Bach the sensibility of writing music down on paper in his formal compositions which sounded spontanious as if they were being improvised.
6:30 PM, Hillel House, 80 Brown Street.
Songs of the Soul, The Mysteries of Jewish Music.
Amram discuses the polycultural nature of Jewish music as a refleection of a people who have traveled the world and whosemany genres of musical expression reflects their nomadic history. He will play excerpts of his symphony Songs of the Soul based on traditional Jewish themes from the immigrants of the Jewish communities of Etheopia,Yemen and Central Europe. There will also be a screening of Amram's The Final Ingredient, An Opera of the Holocaust commissioned and telecast by ABC network television for four seasons following its premiere in 1965.


Wednesday April 16 2pm (Three events)2 to 2:50 PM Orwig Music Department, Room 112
Folk Roots of the Symphonic Masters

Students in Advanced Musicianship class see th influence of native musics
on the work of Mozart, Beethoven, Thaikovsky, Brahms, Boridin, Dvorak,
Bartok, Gershwin and Copland.


April 16 2 PM Three events2PM to 2:50PM, Orwig Music Department, Room 112 Amram leads workshop Folk Roots of the Symphonic Masters examining the influence of folklore on the works of Mozart, Brahms, Borodin, Tchaikoswky, Puccini, Bartok, Gershwin and Copland, as well as his own work, with students in Advanced Musicianship class.

4PM, Grant Recital Hall
Combining the Spontaneous and the Formal: Improvising Jazz Solos and Composing Symphonies
A talk with music showing the relationship of both creative disciplines, and how the spontanious nurtures the formal and vica versa.

7:30PM, Grant Recital Hall Screening of "The Manchurian Candidate"
In Reel/Real Time: The Inside Story of Three Film Scores by David Amram.
Amram discusses the making of the classic films he composed, orchestrated and conducted the scores for three major films and why he chose to pursue his own path of being a concert composer, multi-instrumentalist, advocate for world music,pioneer of spoken word with music and conductor who brought together new genres of all these elements with the European classics for the past fifty years, rather than pursuing the temptations of becoming a Hollywood composer.
After recounting his struggles in creating the score for this unique 1962 film, Dr Audrey Sprenger will discuss the social and political atmosphere of the 50s portrayed in the film which dealt with McCarthyism and brainwashing of political prisoners.


April 15 5-7 and 7-10pm AMRAM RESIDENCY AT BROWN UNIVERSITY
Celebrating a Half Century of Multi-Cultural Artistic Collaborations
Tuesday, April 15 through Tuesday, April 22, 2008.


5 PM Grant Recital Hall (behind Orwig Music Building, 1 Young Orchard Readings from Amram's OffBeat, Collaborating with Kerouac and a discussion of the publication of Kerouac's "On the Road" 50 years ago and its relevance today for a new generation.
Amram also discusses how his collaborations with Kerouac
influenced Amram's own musical outlook and classical compositions.
Dr. Audrey Sprenger, Ph. D Sociology, will join in a discussion on Kerouac's legacy and the continuing impact and social signifigance of "On the Road" to readers around the world.

7PM to 9PM, Orwig Music Building, Room 101. Amram is a special guest solist with Jeff Titon's Old-Time String Band, presenting a survey of Irish, Scottish and traditionl British Isles folkmusic and the evolution in the USA as the foundation for Bluegrass, Appalachin, Country and Western Swing music.


April 12 7-9 pmREADINGS AND SIGNING of NEW BOOK UPBEAT: NINE LIVES OF A MUSICAL CAT
Books on Books-Coral Gables Florida

Amram gives readings and signs his new book, Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat a critically acclaimed recounting of his adventures in the many places music has taken him around the world.


April 9- 11Day and Night-FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY'S ANNUAL WRITERS ON THE BAY FESTIVAL

Dan Wakefield, best selling author of New York in the Fifties hosts
a festival for writers to foster creativity. Amram returns for the fourth season to discuss the relationship of structual principals of musical composition and how composing a symphony or a concerto is similar to writing a book. He will also discuss the collaborations he has had with major literary figurs over the past fifty years, and the importance of Wakefield's combining journalism and fiction as a way of remaining prolific throughout ones life as an artist.

Contact the English Department of FIU for further details.


April 77-8 pmLORD BUCKLEY ANNUAL BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION: (His 102nd)

7-10 PM
Bowery Poetry Club
308 Bowery @ Bleecker

Amram and his quartet play a musical tribute to the great comedian/philosopher Lord Buckley with whom Amram played the night before he died in 1960, and in whose memory he composed the saxophone concerto Ode to Lord Buckley in 1981.
The quartet then goes cross town to play at 8:30 at the Cornelia St. Cafe
for their monthly series Fifty Years in Greenwich Village


April 7 8:30-11pm FIFTY THREE YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Guest artists join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram congas.
Actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos .poet Penny Vlagpoulos and English singer /songwriter Beatie Wolfe and other surprise guests will also appear.
Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village New York


April 6 7-11 pmClearwater Festival Second Annual Fundraiser
Sunday April 6th at 7pm The Beacon High School Auditorium
101 Matteawan Road, Beacon, NY


Odetta, David Amram,Pete Seeger, Toshi Reagon, Roland Mousaa, The Beacon High School Steppers, and BIGLovely.

Tickets are $25, $35, and $50 each with a limited number of special sponsor tickets available.


April 310:30-11:45 amLiterature of the Holocaust
Amram joins Professor Moshe Pelli's class to compare the written documentation of survivers with Amram's opera of the holocaust, which was based on a true story that took place in a concentration camp. The opera was called The Final Ingredientwhich Amram composed and conducted for the world premiere telecast in 1965 on ABC National Television, which was shown for four years.
Excsrpts of the original broadcst will be screened, and students will discuss
the issue of genocide in modern society.


April 3 7pm-10AMRAM JAM at the REFLECTION POND

Amram ends his residency with an evening of improvising words and music with students, in conjunction with the Sigma Tau Delta English Honorary Club. There will also be readings of Kerouac with spontanious musical acompaniment.
For any information about the residency,please contact Carole S. Hinshaw at the University of Central Florida Libraries.
telephone 407 823-5880 or e-mail her at chinsaw@mail.ucf.edu


April 2 12-1 pm • Luncheon at the Honor's College with faculty and students to hear their
plans and ideas for what they hope to achieve in their life's work.


April 1noon and 7 pm
FROM DVORAK TO HIP HOP:THE MANY WORLDS OF AMERICAN MUSIC
Music Department Forum (12:00-1:00)

A survey of the wealth of polycultural indiginous folk music and poetry that have enriched all music around the world.

COLLABORATING WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FELLOW ARTISTS
Library room 223 7 pm-9pm

Amram hosts a screening of Pull My Daisy, the short silent
film narrated by Jack Kerouac and scored by Amram (in which he also appeared) He will give a report about the chaotic making of the film, followed by a Q/A session.

This session will also encourage today's student to create their own documentary reportage, using today's inexpensive digital technology,as well
as You-Tube, MySpace and the internet as a way to document and disseminiate their own filmed stories. The public is invited to attend.


MARCH - 2008

March 31st 2 -4 pm and 6-9 pmNo More Walls: Bridging the Gap between the Arts, Humanities and
Sciences Through Music: An interdisciplinary four day series of events at The University of Central Florida


Library room 511, 2:00 pm Roundtable about Kerouac and the community of artists of all genres from the era of the Fifites, the enduring value of Kerouac's work and how his legacy is relevant to today's young artists. Hosted by the Library,Amram will also read from his three books, Vibrations, Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac
There will also be a discussion of the significance of the 50th anniversary of The Dharma Bums which was written in the small house in College Park in Orlando, where the Kerouac Writers Project stands today. housing a new generation of writers.

6-9 pm In the Spirit of Cabeza deVaca: From the Lascaux Cave Paintings 15,000 BC to the Rappers of 2008, the role of artists as explorers, documentarians and historians.
A journey through time celebrating outstanding innovative thinkers who chronicled as well as changed the world that they lived in.
(Location TBA)


March 30 all day • Interviews on radio and public television for upcoming inter-disciplnary residency at the Univirsuty of Central Florida and the fostering of Southern roots culture for future novelists, symphonic composers, playwrites, authors and the inclusion of all the arts as a way to build a sense of community throughout Florida.


March 29 Noon-3 PM THE ORLANDO/ NEW YORK CONNECTION
A fund raiser for the Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project
Amram and his quartet recreate the 1957 first jazz/poetry readings ever given in New York City by Kerouac and Amram. There is also a performance by David A. McElroy reading from his play An Evening with Jack Kerouac
Lunch begins at noon, and the entire event taks place at the Holiday Inn Altamonte Springs.
Reservations are suggested.


March 28 7-9 pmTHE NEW YORK/FLORIDA CONNECTION:A CELEBRATION IN WORDS AND MUSIC

The Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project presents:
The 2008 Central Florida Book & Music Festival
Eddie Rose Waterfront Amphitheater in Cranes Roost Park

Friday night March 28
Free concert 7-9 pm


David Amram's New York based Jazz quartet performs at Altamonte Springs Uptown, in a evening of classic jazz, Amram's own compositions, special selections of world music and readings from On the Road by Orlando's popular newscaster/author Bob Kealing, one of the founders of
The Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project.

Presented by the The Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project of Orlando, Inc.


(see www.kerouacproject.org for all details.)


March 25-27 All dayArtist in Residence Miami Dade College Florida Center for the Literary Arts March 25-27 -27

Amram speaks to a series of English and creative writing students about the community of artists of the 50s whom author Jack Kerouac chronicled and how in 2008 this creates the possibility of renewed collaborations among today's young creative people.
He will read from his new book Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Catand encourage the pursuit of interdisciplnary activites for all students, and the relationship between spontanious and formal artistic work.
He will also host a screening of the classic 1959 Kerouac-narrated silent film Pull My Daisy for which Amram composed the score, co-wrote the title song and in which he appeared. He will also encourage all students to share their particular areas of expertise with fellow students from different disciplines.

March 27th,from 7 p.m. -10 pm, he will host a special performance, From Cairo to Kerouac: Classics of Jazz, World Music and the Words of Jack Kerouac with musical accompaniment with his Miami based Trio and guest artists.students will also participate. The public i invited to attend.
The event will be held at Tobacco Road Cafe , downtown Miami 7-10 pm


March 24 7:30-9 pm OPENING OF THE DAVID OPPENHEIM MUSIC CENTER IN NYC

Amram and his quartet give a concert, readings from his new book Upbeat:Nine Lives of a Musical Cat as featured performers at the opening of a new concert series in conjunction with the The Stella Adler Studio of Acting and the Harold Clurman Arts Series. Amram will also recount his work with Harold Clurman, Arthur Miller and Elia Kazan from 1963 to 1965 as the composer for the original Lincoln Center Theater productions. Other performers will include poet Grace Schulman, dancer Te Perez, pianist Sonya Kumiko Lee, and saxophonist Ned Otter. Amram has been named honorary chairman of the event.

STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING 31 West 27th St FREE ADMISSION


March 18-23 day and night
Amram will continue composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009.


March 17 7 pm-midnightFOURTH ANNUAL STELLA BY STARLIGHT GALA BENEFIT
FOR STELLA ADLER STUDIO OF ACTING


Actor Martin Sheen is to be presented with the Marlon Brando award for a life commited to social activism and excellence in film art.

Actor Roy Scheider will be honored by a scholarship fund left in his name, and Amram will perform a piece in his memory.
Other artists in attendance will be Elaine Stritch, the honorary chairwoman for the event, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Christopher Walken, Kyra Sedgwick, Whoopi Goldberg, Holland Taylor, Ben Brantley, Tommy Tune, Eli Wallach, Anne Jackson, Jonathan Demme, Marian Seldes, Don Cheadle, Natasha Richardson, and Matthew Modine.

Funds from the event will support the many outreach programs of the Studio, bringing the performing arts to young people throughout New York City,as well as creating new programs for actors, dancers , musicians and playwrights at the Studio.

Ciopriani's at 23rd st New York City


March 14-16 day and nightNORTHEAST HORN WORKSHOP GUEST COMPOSER AND PERFORMER

Amram attends concert performances of his classical compositions, leads workshops in how French horn players can approach playing jazz, world music, accompany singers and poets and compose concert music, in addition to what french hornists have traditionally done.

He will also lead two evenings of jazz with a small ensemble, read from his two books Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac give seminars as well as appear for signings at a local bookstore in Saratoga. He will also be interviewed for a special program about his compositions by radio station WMAC in Albany.

Skidmore College Saratoga New York


March 13 3-5 pm -THE SPIRIT OF KEROUAC AS A GATEWAY TO YOUR OWN CREATIVITY

A talk, with music, for English Literature students at New York University, relating the spontanious to the formal, as well as readings from his books
Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac


March 12 1-3 pmINTERVIEW AND FILMING FOR "WISDOM" A NEW BOOK AND DVD

Spearheaded by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to document older people "who have made their mark, in some way, on the world".Other contributors in addition to Amram include Nelson Mandella, the Dalai Lama, Ted Kennedy, Clint Eastwood, Willie Nelson, Andrew Wyeth, Buzz Aldrin,and Nadine Gordimer.

To be released world wide by PQ Blackwell Publishers.


March 7 5-8 p.m.RECORDING WITH SINGER MATT WELSH

New York City 5-8 pm


March 6th -7 pmDC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 10TH ANNIVERSARY
Jack Morton Auditorium at George Wshington University

Amram has been invited to be the opening speaker,performer and honoree for the Festivsl. His citation states "for your contribution to the film industry, as a pioneer of jazz and as a collaborator with Jack Kerouac in music-poetry/spoken word jazz, as a music educator and a global mediator".
On the morning of March 7, Amram will participate with film makers for an advocacy forum on Capitol Hill to state the importance of the arts in our society.


March 3 8:30-11 pm FIFTY THREE YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Surprise guest join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram congas.
Actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos and other surprise guests will also appear.
Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village New York


March 1 3 p.m.WinterFest: Jazz on the Vine David-Amram Quartet Live

Amram and his quartet return to the East End of Long Island to perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwright Arthur Miller, author Jack Kerouac, director Elia Kazan,actor Floyd Red Crow Westerman classics of jazz and his own compositions based on his journeys around the world. With Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram congas.

Duck Walk North
44535 Main Road
Southold, NY 11971
Phone: 631 765 3500
www.liwinterfest.com


FEBRUARY - 2008

Feb 24 2-4 pm
Celebrating On The Road's 50th Year In Words and Music

Fresh City Lifeand the Denver Public Library present David Amram and sociologist Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D, hosting a special retrospective of this past historic year, celebrating how On The Road continues to inspire people to travel the world, write their lives and collaborate artistically.

The evening will include music performed by Amram and his Denver based trio (Artie Moore-bass and Tony Black-drums), readings by students participating in the last run of Sprenger's cross-country sociology and documentary making course Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool and Amram's personal and musical reflections on the cultural impact of this important literary anniversary.

The event will be held at the Central Branch of the Denver Public Library. It is free and open to the public.


Feb 23 2 pm-4I SPEAK OUT: CELEBRATING WORDS AND MUSIC FOR THE PAST 50 YEARS

Fresh City Life and the Denver Public library welcomes the return of Amram and his Denver based trio (Artie moore-bass and Tony black-drums).The trio perfoms music inspired by working with Kerouac and Amram demonstrates spontanious scat-rap and accompanies prize winning slam poet Panama Soweto, as he did with Kerouac in the 50s. The trio then joins hip-hop band The Flobots , a young Denver based group now recieving national recognition.The program is an intergenerational celebration of the evolution of words and music over the past half century. The concert is free and takes place at the Denver Public Library Central Branch. See their website for further details.


Feb 20th9-11pmReadings from Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and classics of jazz and world music

Amram reads from his new book, and joins his daughter simger/songwriter Alana Amram and the Amram Family Band at Banjo Jims, located at 9th street and ave C in the East Village.


Feb 9th-19thDay and nightWORK COMPOSING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009. He will also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 2002 memoir Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac due to be re-released in March of 2008.


Feb 8th 3:30-10 pm
HOWL: 4th Annual Celebration of Columbia's two celebrated alumni Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

February 8, from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Buell Hall, Butler Library, Philosophy Hall, Morningside Campus


With a panel discussion,hosted by Professor Ann Douglas,with authors John Leland of New York Times, Joyce Johnson and David Amram. There will also be student and alumni poetry readings, accompanied by Amram, a reception and exhibition in the Rare Book and Manuscript library
in the evening, there will be a program of jazz and readings, with Amram and his quartet. Admission is FREE!


Feb 4-7th day and nghtArtist in Residence Wesleyan College

Amram guest conducts open rehearsals and performsnce of his Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie He will also give seminars for different departments, give readings from his new book, Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat,and perform for the openng of a new local art museum.

Contact Wesleyan College Music Department in Middletown Connecticut for further details.


JANUARY - 2008

Jan 299-11 pmBack to Brooklyn Book Party and Concert:David Amram and Family

Amram joins and performs with his three children Adam, Alana and Adira Amram
at Good-bye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, in Bushwick Brooklyn
(tel 718 453-6343 for directions)

Amram will read from his new book Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat
perform classics of jazz, world music and his own compositions, and perform with his daughter, singer/songwriter Alana and her band Rough Gems
9-11 pm at Brooklyn's most community oriented music club.


Jan 24-Feb 3 day and nightWORK COMPOSING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009. He will also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 2002 memoir Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac due to be re-released in March of 2008.


Jan 2310 -11:15 pm the Fifties: When The East Village was the Lower East Side
10-11:5 pm at The Stone (corner of Ave C and 2nd street)

Amram returns to his old neighborhood when he first moved to NYC in 1955 to perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Amram's quartet includes Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,
bass and Adam Amram congas.


January 24-Feb3 Day and nightWORK COMPOSING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009. He will also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 2002 memoir Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac due to be re-released in March of 2008


Jan 178-12pmCelebrating Jack Kerouac and On the Road
New York Public Library 42nd Street and Fifth Ave


David Amram and Patti Smith headline a four hour tribute to Jack Kerouac.
James Irsay, owner of the Baltimore Colts, who purchased the Scroll for On the Road hosts a tribute to the legacy of Jack Kerouac called Beatific Soul
Amram and his quartet play musical favorites of the era as well as the the title song from the Kerouac-narrated silent film Pull My Daisy written in 1959 with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Csssady and Allen Ginsberg and music by Amram.
Patti Smith and her guitarist Lenny Kaye play her songs, and Amram and Smith do a duet, called Joining Generations There are also readings with music from the Scroll of On the Road performed by John Ventimiglia of the Sopranos, actress Adira Amram and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth , accompanied by Amram to celebrate the first-ever jazz poetry readings presented in NYC by Kerouac and Amram in 1957.


JAN 12-22 DAY AND NIGHTWORK COMPOSING NEWLY COMMISSIONED PIANO CONCERTO

Between selected interviews, Amram works composing his newly commissioned Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, to be premiered January 2009. He will also be completing revisions for the paperback re-issue by Paradigm Publishers of his 2002 memoir Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac due to be re-released in March of 2008.


January 11 8 p.m.

Celebrating On The Road's 50th Year In Words and Music

at the Theatre for the New City, Friday, January 11 at 8pm
155 First Avenue, Between 9th and 10th St., NY
David Amram and sociologist Audrey Sprenger, Ph.D host a special retrospective of this past historic year and to celebrate how On The Road continues to inspire people to travel the world, write their lives and collaborate artistically.

The evening will include music performed by Amram and his quartet, readings by students participating in the last run of Sprenger's cross-country sociology and documentary making course Jack Kerouac Wrote Here, Crisscrossing America Chasing Cool and for the first time, Amram's personal and musical reflections on the cultural impact of this important literary anniversary.

This event is free and open to the public.


Thursday Jan 108-11 pm -Symphony Space Anniversary Gala

Amram joins a cast of New York's most celebrated actors, musicians, authors, playwrights, choreographers and artists to honor the innovative Upper Westside theater in an evening featuring over forty performers.

(95th and Broadway. tickets are ailable online or at the box office)


Jan 7 2008 8:30-11 pmNEW YEARS CELEBRATION: FIFTY THREE YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quartet perform music he has composed celebrating half a century of collaborations with playwrights, choregraphers, authors, poets and musicians from the 50's through today's innovative young artists.
Surprise guest join Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John Dewitt,bass and Adam Amram congas.
Actor John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos and other surprise guests will also appear.


January 4 2008 - noon until 2 pmArtists Speak on Their Art

Roger Smith Hotel Penthouse at noon. 47th and Lexington Ave.

Amram reads from his new book Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and plays musical selections relating to the stories and adventures recounted in the book


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