David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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NOVEMBER - 2009

Nov 16 AMRAM CELEBRATES BECOMING 79 ON THE BANDSTAND WITH JOHN McEUEN AND FRIENDS

Banjo and fiddle virtuoso, film composer and raconteur John McEuen, founder of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, has invited Amram to join him, to celebrate Amram's 79h birthday, which officially starts at midnight.
McEuen and Amram toured with violinist Vassar Clemmens in a program called Three Jammin' Gents and McEuen invited Amram to perform on Steve Martin;s recent album The Crow
which McEuen produced.
Joining for the evening's celebration will be Native American singer/songwriter Martha Redbone, banjo ace Cynthia Sayer, bluegrass singer Jen Larsen and members of the bands Railroad Earth
and New York's Tin Pan Band.

Cake will be served after midnight when Nov 17th officially arrives.

The City Winery is located at 155 Varick Street NYC
Show begins at 9 pm




Nov 15 AMRAM ATTENDS PERFORMANCE OF HIS PIANO SONATA {1960)

Pianist Cynthia Peterson will perform as Amram's Piano Sonata, composed in 1960, and aram will speak to the audience about this early work and how he came to compose it.

The concert is part of the Chappaqua Concert Artist Series,

The recital will also include chamber works of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, and Morton Gould.

Admission is FREE and the concert is held at the Chappaqua Library Auditorium,
195 S. Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua, NY


Nov 14
INTERVIEW FOR DUTCH NATIONAL RADIO DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE NEW AWARENESS OF BHUDDISM IN THE 50s
Amram is interviewed for a new docuntary program 'Beat & Buddha' sponsored by the Dutch Public Broadcasting organisation BOS.
Amram will discuss his artistic collaborations as well as his friendship with author Jack Kerouac and recount Kerouac's embrace of modern Bhuddism while retaining his Catholic roots and attending church.
Amram will also recount the admiration all in his generation shared for poets Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen, who were the two who were truly versed in the religion, and how Kerouac and most others never were part of what became a New Age merchandising and misrepresentation of Bhuddism and all things spiritual in the 60s.


Nov 13 1-3amRADIO TRIBUTE TO ART D'LUGOFF FOUNDER OF THE VILLAGE GATE

Amram joins other artists in honoring the late Art dLugoff, founder of the Village Gate, civil rights activist and innovative producer for sixty years of theatrical and music al events that were a hall mark of New York's cultural life. The program on Pacifica Radio flagship station WBAI fm will be streamed internationally to honor d'lugoff's lasting contributons to the performing arts.


Nov 12th 2009 AMRAM FILMED FOR SERIES FILMING LIVING COMPOSERS DISCUSSING THEIR WORK

Amram is filmed discussing how he composed two of most rent major symphonic compositions
Kokopelli: A symphony in Three Movements and Symphonic Variations on a Dpng by Woody Guthrie

The videos which include recordings of the music also have Amram's narration and demonstartions of the folk influendes and how he incor[orated them into a symphonic context.
The DVD's of all the composers who are being filmed will be sent to thrty outstanfing music schools thrughout the country as a teahing tool for emerging composers.

Retired television executive Tom Knott, formerly of CNN, and a music major while at Notre Dame, is sponsoring the entire series as a way of fosterung creativity for a new generation of composers and documenting the more established ones so that their work and methedology can be included in formal academic studies and inspire younger composes to find their own voices.


Nov 8thafternoonFILMED INTERVIEW FOR DOCUMENTARY ABOUT WBAI-FM'S BOB FASSE THE PIONEER OF FREE FORM RADIO
Amram is interviewed about his 50 year associaition with Radio Un-nameable host Bob Fasse, a
pioneer of radio techniques which are now used world wide. The film will document Fasse's historic shows with performers like Bob Dylan Arlo Guthrie, Jerry Jeff Walker whose music he championed whrn they were unknown.

The film documents archival broadcasts and live interviews scores of others , from every field of the arts and politics, including Amram, and is constructed to chronicle a social history of Nw York from the late 1950s to the present day.


Nov 3-4 AMRAM PERFORMS IN TORONTO FOR THE ANNUAL CANADIAN DIASPORA FESTIVAL

Amram returns to Toronto for the Canadian premiere Oct 4th of Teri McLuhan's prize winning feature documentary film The Frontier Ghandi for which Amram composed the score.The film was just awarded first prize as the Best Feature Documentary film at the Middle Eastern International Film Festival in Abu Dhab, by a panel of international jurors.

Nov 1st, Amram performs with israeli and Palastinian poets in a program of reconciliaition through the arts.

Nov 3rd, the evening before the Canadian premiere of the film , Amram will perform at a special event for the Diaspora Festival. at a concert he created for the occasion, entitled.......

At Home Around the World / A Musical Mosaic in the spirit of the Diaspora

With David Amram and Friends.


The evening concert will include classic selections of music from the worlds of Jazz, Blues, Middle Eastern, Native Canadian, Quebecois, the British Isles, Irish, Afro Cuban and Chinese music, as well as music from the Middle East and South Asia.

The core group for the evening will be Deb Sinha drums and percussion, David Woodhead bass and Amram playing shanai, dumbek, Halil. Tambour, Lakota courting flute, Irish whistles, piano and French horn.

Guest soloists will include Leigh Cline playing Greek and Turkish folkloric instruments, Alana Cline playing Celtic fiddle and other surprise artists.

The event has been facilitated through the participation of Small World Music.

It will be held at The Revival 783 College Street West from 8-10 PM Nov 3rd.

See Diaspora Film Festival on line for further details.


OCTOBER - 2009

October 2710-12 a.m.AMRAM READS FROM HIS NEW BOOK AT ST PETERSBURG TIMES BOOK FAIR
Amram reads from and signs copies of his new book Upbeat: Nine lives of a Musical Cat He also appears on a panel with author John Leland and photographer Chris felver, discussing his collaborations with author Jack Kerouac fifty years ago.


Oct 266:30-10pm AMRAM PERFORMS AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE 2009 MEDAL OF HONOR FOR MUSIC AWARDED TO PAQUITO D'RIVERA

Amram will speak and perform at a gala honoring composer/ musical virtuoso/author Paquito D'Rivera. The National Arts Club will present D'Rivera with the 2009 Medal of Honor.
The program will include Dave Brubeck, Barbara Carroll, Jon Faddis, James Moody,
Sir George Shearing, Dr. Billy Taylor, Roberta Gambarini and Brenda Feliciano. Paquito's classical and jazz compositions will be performed as well as a jam session at the end of the evening.

Amram and D'Rivera first collaborated in the Spring of 1977 for the historic first-ever US/Cuban musical exchange, the first one since the revolution, when the Carter administration sanctioned the good will trip to Cuba with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Earle Hines and Amram, all four of whom performed in Havana with Cuban artists. S'Rivera and Amram have collaborated over the years since then, from 1981 through 2009 in recordings and concerts in the U.S.A.

National Arts Club NYC 15 Grammercy Park South 6:30 p.m.


Oct 22-25dy and night PERFORMANCE OF AMRAM'S SAXOPHONE CONCERTO "ODE TO LORD BUCKLEY"

Saturday night October 25, The Loudoun Symphony of Virginia under the direction of Mark Allen McCoy and saxophone soloist Noah Getz perform Amram's concerto for saxophone and orchestra Ode to Lord Buckley the featured work in a concert entitled New Beginnings. New World The program also includes works by Leonard Bernstein and Dvorak.

Prior to the Saturday night concert, Amram will attend rehearsals, give seminars and appear at the Rust Library Friday October 24 from 3-5 pm, speaking and performing and other venues in the area.

The enitre residency as well as the concert is being filmed by Larry Kraman for the forthcoming documentary feature film David Amram: The First 80 years

See www.loudounsymphony.org for further details


October 11-18day and night . AMRAM PARTICIPATES IN MIDDLE EASTERN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN ABU DHABI

Amram attends the annual Middle Eastern International Film Festival as the composer of the score for Teri McLuhan's documentary feature film The Frontier Ghandi

In addition to participating in panels, playing with local musicians and speaking after the screenings of The Frontier Ghandi , Amram will also give a master class for students, film makers and members of the United Arabic Emirates musical community. which is entitled

"50 years of Musical Creation: From New Orleans Jazz to the Egyptian Hijaz"

Amram will discuss the musical roots he used in his classic film scores for Frank Sinatra's 1962 "The Manchurian Candidate," Elia Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass" and his new score for Teri McLuhan's The Frontier Ghandi'" as well as his most recent symphonic works for the concert hall.
He will demonstrate how much of his work in many idioms reflects his broad interest and participation in the tradtional folkloric music of all the places he has appeared as a composer/conductor/performer and author during the past 50 years. Amram will also demonstrate many of the instruments he learned to play during his world travels, and how over the years he has continued to absorb the many genres of what is now called World Music, decades before that term became fashionable.

From playing jazz French horn with Dizzy Gillespie in Cuba, conducting his own operas and concertos in New York City, playing the shanai and dumbek in Cairo Egypt and the Husai in Chendu China, Amram will show how he drew upon these various idioms of folkloric music and combined them with both the Western classical symphonic traditions and the discipline and spontaneity of jazz and middle eastern music.

He will also encourage all students to tap into their own creativity and explore the values of their own traditions as well as those they can learn about when traveling abroad.


Oct 7 20096-8 pm THELONIOUS MONK AUTHORIZED BIOGRAPHY BY ROBIN KELLY IS HONORED BY THE MONK FAMILY

Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original is having its official book launch, presented by Monk's authorized biographer and prize winning author Robin D.G Kelley, the Monk family and Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster. Amram was interviewed extensively for the book and has been associated with Thelonious and his son T.S. Monk since 1955.

St Marks Church In-the-Bowery 131 East 10th St NYC 6-8 p.m.


Oct 6 20095-7 pm "REMEMBERING FRANK MCCOURT" A MEMORIAL TRIBUTE FOR AUTHOR FRANK MCCOURT

Amram performs at a memorial tribute to author Frank McCourt at Symphony Space, 95th and Broadway in NYC from 5-7 pm Members of his family, including his brothers Malachy, Alphie and Mike, his daughter Maggie, author William Kennedy, musician Mick Maloney, former students and life long friends will all participate. The entire memorial is being filmed.


Oct 5 20098:30=11 pm FIFTY YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram and his quintet (Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, John de Witt, bass, Adam Amram congas and Elliot Pepper, bongos) play music created since the mid `1950s by Amram for classical concert works, operas, jazz, theater , film and dance. Guest artist John Ventimiglia of "The Sopranos" recreates the first-ever jazz/poetry readings presented in NYC in 1957 by Jack Kerouac and Amram. Singer Morley Kamen and poets John Petrolino and Frank Messina also perform.
Cornelia St Cafe, Greenwich Village 8:30 -11pm


October 4noon until midnight AMRAM RETURNS TO PLAY WITH WILLIE NELSON FOR ANNUAL FARM AID CONCERT

Amram rejoins Willie Nelson and his band in St. Louis, for the fifteenth time to play this year's Farm Aid concert, created to assist family farmers to survive.

All details of the concert are on the Farm Aid website


October 1-3day and night- AMRAM RETURNS TO THE ANNUAL LOWELL CELEBRATES KEROUAC FESTIVAL

Amram gives a series of concerts of jazz, chamber music, accompanies young poets, as he did with Kerouac in the 1950s at Lowell's annual festival.

Conductor Kay Roberts will lead members of the New England Chamber Orchestra in a program of Amram;s music celebrating the early collaborations of Kerouac and his boyhood friend, poet Sebastian Sampas.

The theme for the festival will be the 50th Anniversary of the publication of Kerouac's "Doctor Sax"

Amram cannot do his traditional Sunday Amram Jam since he has to drive from Lowell at midnight Saturday night after his final concert to catch a 6 a.m. flight from NYC to St. Louis to play Farm Aid with Willie Nelson Sunday afternoon.

See the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac website for complete programming details.


SEPTEMBER - 2009

Sept 24-30AT HOME COMPOSING NEW PIECE AND BEGINNING FOURTH BOOK

Amram works on new composition and gathers materials for his new book, prior to travels for concerts and appearances.


September 21 and 23 AMRAM PERFORMS AND SPEAKS AT ANNUAL HAROLD CLURMAN FESTIVAL SEPT 21 and 23

Amram will perform as well as being a panelist with artists and educators, honoring the work of Maxine Greene, and her philosophy of expanding the Social Imagination in public schools as well as universities.

For all further information, contact
Nina Capelli
The Stella Adler Studio of Acting
1949 to 2009: Celebrating 60 years of inspiration
31 W. 27th St., 3rd Fl.
New York, NY 10001
(212)689-0087, ext. 27
(212)689-6110 fax
nina@stellaadler.com
www.stellaadler.com


September 148:30 pm AMRAM JOINS JOHN McEUEN TO CELEBRATE STEVE MARTIN'S NEW RECORDING "THE CROW"

Amram will be a featured guest with banjo virtuoso/songwriter/film composer and band leader John McEuen for a rare New York appearance by MsEuen. They have toured together and McEuen, who produced Steve Martin's new CD "The Crow", invited Amram to perform on the recording.

The evening of music and song takes place at The City Winery
155 Varick Street (between Spring and Vandam Streets)
New York 10013
(212) 608-0555 or info@citywinery.com


September 13 BENEFIT CONCERT FOR JACQUES D'AMBOISE NATIONAL DANCE INSTITUTE

Amram performs at a fund raiser for The National Dance Instutute.

Amram was the composer and conductor for three seasons with the company, and has been commissioned to write a new piece for their 2010 season.

The details of the program, time and place can be accessed on the National Dance Institute's
webpage.


Sept 10CELEBRATION OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF WOODSTOCK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN NYC

Amram will play his own instrumental versions of three compositions which were performed by Janis Joplin and joan Baez at Woodstock in 1969.

The evening is a fund raiser for the Max's Kansas City Foundation, in conjunction with ASCAP and RetroFest, to support opportunities for today's young musicians.

The evening will be at the Triad Theater in Manhattan NYC

See web for details


September 78:30-11 pm Labor Day Special: 50 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 poet Jose Pacheco joins 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 perform.
Amram will read excerpts from his new book Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat

Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village NYC

(Located on Cornelia Street between Bleeker and West 4th St)


Sept 6 2-3 pm BRADSTOCK XIV THE ANNUAL LABOR DAY CONCERT

Amram returns for the tenth consecutive time to the Bradstock Festival in West Sayville Long Island for their annual event, which raises funds for Long Island Youth organizations. His quartet, with Kevin Twigg, John de Witt and Adam Amram will play classics of Jazz, World music, readings of Jack kerouac with music and Amram's own compositions.


September 4 8 -11 p.m. GOODWILL CONCERT FOR ARTS AND EDUCATION IN HUDSON VALLEY AT THE PARAMOUNT THEATER IN PEEKSKILL NEW YORK

Amram joins Roy Hatnes, Randy Weston, Ruby Dee and other outstanding artists and speakers from the Eastern Seaboard who are all participating at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill New York, in a benefit concert, to raise money for educational programs and for funds to make the arts available for young people in the area.

Singer-actor and civil rights pioneer Paul Robeson, will be honored during the concert for the sacrifices he made during his struggles for his First Amendment Rights in the 1940s

Consult the Paramount Theater's website for details.


AUGUST - 2009

Aug18-Sept 3 -Day and night COMPOSE NEW ORCHESTRAL WORK AND EDIT APPENDIX FOR NEW EDITION OF His 1968 Memoir VIBRATIONS

Amram finishes the Appendix for the new paperback re-issue of Vibrations for Paradigm Publishers.

This new edition os scheduled for Fall release. He will also sork on a new classical concert composition.


August 17 AND 18Day and night - FILMNG FOR NEW DOCUMENTARY AND RECORDING SPOKEN WORD EXCERPTS FROM AMRAM'S THREE BOOKS FOR NEWPORT CLASSIC RECORDINGS AND PARADIGM PUBLISHERS

Amram will read from his three books as well as work on the new documentary film about his life to be released Nov of 2010 for his 80th birthday. All of this is being done by Larry Kraman, cofounder of Newport Classic Recordings, with the Spoken Word excerpts from the books to be put up on I=Tunes, along with new recordings of Amram's classical and chamber works.


August 14 10 pm AMRAM JOINS DAUGHTER ALANA AMRAM AND HER BAND "ROUGH GEMS" AS A FEATURED GUEST IN NEW YORK

Amram plays with his daughter Alana and her band "Rough Gems" in his old neighborhood form the 50s in New York City.

During the evening, Amram will do some of his folkloric compositions as well as accompanying alana in a night of songs from her l latest album.

10 pm show at Banjo Jim's at 9th Street and Ave C.


August 8th AMRAM'S TRIO PERFORMS AT THE THIRD ANNUAL OUTDOOR PEEKSKILL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2009

Amram is one of the headliners for this annual free concert celebrating American roots music.
Having presented the first Aaron Copland Celebration of American Music conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic years ago at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, Amram returns to Peekskill for this new community outdoor festival, held on Division Street for several thousand people, in downtown Peekskill New York.

Admission is free


August 8th AMRAM'S TRIO PERFORMS AT THE THIRD ANNUAL OUTDOOR PEEKSKILL JAZZ AND BLUES FESTIVAL 2009

Amram is one of the headliners for this annual free concert celebrating American roots music.
Having presented the first Aaron Copland Celebration of American Music conducting the Brooklyn Philharmonic years ago at the Paramount Theater in Peekskill, Amram returns to Peekskill for this new community outdoor festival, held on Division Street for several thousand people, in downtown Peekskill New York.

Admission is free, for all ages.


August 5th AMRAM PERFORMS AT 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF UNIVERSAL PEACE DAY IN NYC

Amram joins fellow musicians Toshiko Akiyohi, Lew Tabackin, Guy Davis, Morley Kamen and survivors of Hiroshima and religious leaders from many faiths in an annual ceremony dedicated to international understanding and universal peace.

The event is held at the Church of St. Paul & St. Andrew 263 West 86th street

Admission is free.
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August 1st MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR GEORGE KAST HELD IN DAVIS PARK LONG ISLAND

Amram performs and speaks at a public memorial for George Kast, an old friend of fifty years from New York City.

Contact Davis Park ferry in Patchogue long island for details



JULY - 2009

July 25AMRAM JOINS DAUGHTER ALANA AMRAM AND HER BAND "ROUGH GEMS" AS A FEATURED GUEST IN A COMMUNITY CONCERT PRESENTED BY ARTS ON THE LAKE

Amram plays with his daughter Alana and her band "Rough Gems"

During the evening, she will be joined by performances by her
brother Adam Amram, sister Adira Amram and mother Loralee Ecobelli, in a night of songs from Alana's latest album.

Lake Carmel New York. See Arts on the Lake website for details.


July 258 -10 pmAMRAM JOINS DAUGHTER ALANA AMRAM AND HER BAND "ROUGH GEMS" AS A FEATURED GUEST
IN A COMMUNITY CONCERT PRESENTED BY ARTS ON THE LAKE


Amram plays with his daughter Alana and her band "Rough Gems"

During the evening, she will be joined by performances by her
brother Adam Amram, sister Adira Amram and mother Loralee Ecobelli, in a night of songs from Alana's latest album.


July 24-26all DayAMRAM HONORED AS HONORARY CHAIRMAN, CELEBRATING HIS 25TH YEAR AS A VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY 4-H FAIR

Amram is awarded for his twenty five years of performing music, roasting corn at the Farmers Stand and bringing animals to the Putnam County 4-H Fair. In addition to playing the Star Spangled Banner for opening ceremonies, he and his staff of volunteers roast 2000 ears of corn and his quartet performs a world music concert at 2 PM Sunday the 26th.

Putnam County Park 10 am to 6 PM FREE ADMISSION


July 23 2-4 pm INTERVIEW FOR FILMING OF NEW DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM ABOUT GREENWICH VILLAGE FROM THE 40's UNTIL 1960
Amram speaks, reads from his three books, and recounts experiences working with Charles Mingus, composing music for the theater, for plays by Arthur Miller and Shakespeare in the Park.
He will also talk about his first public jazz/poetry readings ever held in NYC, with author Jack Kerouac and the community of poets, painters, and artists of all genres who formed a loosely knit community which supported one another. Amram is joined in the film by Pete Seeger, Arthur Miller and many other artists who frequented the Village during this era and who are still prolific today.


July 20-22 SPOKEN WORD RECORDINGS OF AMRAM'S THREE BOOKS FOR NEW PORT CLASSIC RECORDINGS AND PARADIGM PUBLISHERS

Amram will read from his three books as well as work ona new documentary film about his life to be released Nov of 2010 for his 80th birthday. All of this is being done by Larry Kraman, cofounder of Newport Classic Recordings, with the Spoken Word excerpts from the books to be put up on I=Tunes, along with new recordings of Amram's classical and chamber works. Amram and his daughter Alana will also give a live performance at an event in Newport during the three days of recording.




July 13 INTERVIEW WITH FRENCH JOURNALIST FROM "LE MONDE" FOR NEW BIOGRAPHY OF GREAT JAZZ BASSIST OSCAR PETTIFORD

French journalist Paul Benkimoun interviews Amram from Paris for the first full biography of master bassist and band leader Oscar Pettiford. Amram played and recorded with Pettiford's band from 1956-1958.
He will discuss Oscar's Native American heritage which Pettiford shared with Amram, and the adventures during tours and musical barriers which Oscar transcended during his unique career.

Amram will also explain why Pettiford's used of two French horns with Julius Watkins and Amram and the inclusion of a harp and Pettiford himself playing jazz cello, all of which were part of his band, And how this unusual addition to the standard big band instrumentation was part of Pettiford's dream of creating a symphonic sound using jazz roots.


July 8-12Day and Night WOODYFEST THE ANNUAL WOODY GUTHRIE MUSIC FESTIVAL

Amram returns for the fifth consecutive year to Okema Oklahoma with his son drummer Adam Amram to perform
a solo concert Saturday night and be guest soloist with several other ensembles.

He will also accompany Oklahoma poets, creating music for their readings.

Woody Guthrie's granddaughter will include excerpts of Amram's orchestral work Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie which was commissioned by the Guthrie Fondation, in a presentation of Guthrie's legacy and the continued influence his work engenders today in many forms of new music.

Admission is free.

Events take place throughout Okema, Guthrie's home town.


July 6 CONCERT FOR FACE TO FACE/ FAITH TO FAITH

Young people from around the world learn about conflict resolution with music as on way to achieve understanding and fellowship. Musical artists include Lakota musician/speaker Tiokasin Ghost Horse and Amram, who will play duets, solo pieces and speak to the sixty young people about global consciousness and the importance of broadening cultural horizons.

The event takes place at the Social Hall at Union Theological Seminary 121st and Broadway in NYC


JUNE - 2009

June 21 8-10 pm DAVID AMRAM LEADS HUNDREDS OF MUSICIANS IN AN AMRAM JAM IN CENTRAL PARK
AS THE GRAND FINALE OF CITYWIDE FREE CONCERTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY


Amram has been selected by Make Music New York, Inc., to conduct and organize a grand finale after a day of free performances throughout the city. He will lead hundreds of players in a group performance based on the 12 bar blues, with audience participation, and everyone who attends is invited to bring an instrument.

By organizing a SIMPLE basis for group playing, a long piece will be done, with players and each of their individual styles incorporated reflecting the diversity of musical idioms of New York City, with all playing together in a harmonious gathering. Parents are encouraged to bring their children, and children are encouraged to bring their parents and friends for a joyous night of free music in Central Park

FREE ADMITTANCE at CENTRAL PARK SUMMER STAGE


For further details, access www.makemusicny.org

For the office of Make Music New York
call
917-779-9709


June 156-11 pm CARNEGIE HALL GALA FOR JUVENILE LAW CENTER, HONORING THEO BIKEL'S 85TH BIRTHDAY

Amram joins Alan Alda, Arlo Guthrie, Judy Collins, Barbara Cook, Susan Werner.The Klezmatics and many other artists from the music world and Broadway stage for a celebration of the work and life of Theo Bikel.

The Juvenile Law Center's mission is advancing the rights and well-being of children in jeopardy.

June 15tth 8 pm Carnegie Hall


June 145:30
Screening of the new documentary film The Frontier Gandhi: Badshah Khan, A Torch For Peace
Produced and directed by Teri McLuhan
Musical score composed and conducted by Amram


Presented at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Rose Theater at 5:30 p.m.

This dramatic documentary, shot in India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan by Teri McLuhan for the past 21 years, tells the extraordinary tale of Muslim peacemaker Badshah Khan, a reformer who helped shape India's modern political, social and spiritual landscape. Born into Pashtun warrior society, Khan managed to raise a nonviolent army of 100,000 men, women, and youngsters as he struggled for India


June2-7 Day and Night GUEST COMPOSER/PERFORMER AT THE 41st Annual INTERNATIONAL HORN SYMPOSIUM

Amram will conduct seminars and host events leading several hundred French horn players in learning the fundamentals of playing jazz and improvising, as well as how to collaborate with and create accompaniments for poets,dancers, actors and musicians of all genres, as well as creating original music for ensembles not familiar with the French horn's many possibilities.

He will also be in attendance to describe the process of composing some of his best known works for French horn,including a live performance of his Horn Concerto,to be played by virtuoso hornist Richard Todd. He will also speak about the process of composing a new piece, and how improvising can help to inspire formal cmpositions, before performances of his "Trio for horn, tenor Sax and bassoon" and his "Blues for Monk" for solo French horn.

And he will try to encourage all the hornists who attend the symposium to also compose for the concert hall. theater , films and dance, conduct and write about their experiences, as they continue to pursue their traditional classical careers.

Details of the entire event are listed on line
It is hosted in Macomb Illinois by....
Randall E. Faust, D.M.A.
Professor of Music-Western Illinois University
Hornist--The Camerata Woodwind Quintet and LaMoine Brass Quintet
www.wiu.edu/horn


June 1st8:30-11 p.m.FIFTY YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Amram's quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums, John Dewitt, bass and Adam Amram, drums are joined by guest artists John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos, singers Morley Kamen, Lodi Carr and Ekayani, and songriter/singers Alana and Adira Amram for a special night to be filmed as part of the documentary film by Larry Krayman being ma about Amram's life.

Musical selections will include compositions by Amram based on his collaborations in the Greenwich Village over the past half century with Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac, Charles Mingus, Elia Kazan, Joseph Papp and many of today's young creative artists.


MAY - 2009

May 30,31 -Day and night A WEEKEND WITH DAVID AMRAM AT THE BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY

Saturday, May 30, 2009, 8 pm AND Sunday, May 31, 2009, 5pm.

Amram leads a variety of ensembles performing his chamber music, choral music, jazz, Latin American and world music works, including classical compositions inspired by Native American traditional music.
This is his second appearance at the Conservatory, which honored him two years ago for his 29 years as Director of Free Parks, Community and Young People's concerts, which he conducted at BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

The conservatory presented him with an award from the Boro President and it was declared David Amram Day in Brooklyn..

PROGRAM OF EVENTS

Saturday May 30, 8pm
Amram's Jazz, Latin, Film, Poetry and World Music compositions


Theme from "Splendor In The Grass"
Kwahare (from Kenya. a sing-a-long in Swahli)
Home on The Range
Birds of Montparnasse
The Foxhunt from Cork Meets the Blues from New York
Gracias Amigos
Readings from "On the Road" with John Ventimiglia of "the Sopranos" reading the poetry of Jack Kerouac with Amram's music, celebrating their collaborations in 1957 for the first public jazz/poetry readings ever given in NYC.

Artists: David Amram, the Jazz & gospel Choir, Renee Manning voice, Earl McIntyre bass trombone, Kevin Louis trumpet, Cleave Guyton reeds, Patience Higgins reeds, Doug Booth keyboards, Jerome Harris bass, Hasan Bakr percussion,


Sunday May 31, 3-4pm

FREE

Simple roots of string improvisation (for students of the Suzuki method)

Sunday May 31, 5pm - Chamber music inspired by Native American music and American roots music.

The Indian Prayer by Victorio Roland Mousaa, performed for the opening at Madison Square Garden's celebration of Pete Seeger's 90th birthday.
Native American Portraits for violin, piano and percussion
Sioux Rabbit Song (Mastinchila Wachipi Olwan) Traditional Lakota round dance melody and
Song for Machito for children's choir, premiered at the Democratic National Convention '08.
Giants of the Night (slow movement of flute concerto written for Sir James Galway, in memory of Jack Kerouac)

Artists: David Amram, Victorio Roland Mousaa guitar and voice, Masha Lankowsky violin, David Wexler flute, Heidi Uptown piano, Nathan Davis percussion, Hasan Bakr percussion, K.P.I Children's Choir directed by Renee Manning


May 25-28 Day and Night RECORDING AMRAM DOCUMENTARY FOR NEWPORT CLASSIC FILMS

Amram performs his music, and is interviewed in Newport Rhode Island, for Larry Krayman's ongoing documentary film to be completed Nov 17 2010 for Amram's 80th birthday. He also is recording narrations, as the host of a new series of short musical bio-sketches filmed in the late 40s and early 50s. The groups include bands led by Duke Ellington, Gene Krupa, Erskine Hawkins, Cab Calloway, jimmy Dorsey and other gifted artists of the era.

In addition, he is doing the first in a series of recordings of readings from his three books, "Vibrations,"' "Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac" and "Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat," to be released as a Spoken Word album by Newport Classic Recordings on I-Tunes.


May 23 9:30 pm EIGHTH ANNUAL APPEARANCE AT THE FESTIVAL OF THE LOWER EAST SIDE
Amram returns to perform at the Theater of the New City's annual Festival of the Lower East Side, honoring the continuing history of one of New York's centers of creativity over the past hundred years.
Admission is Free
Go on line for details of this innovative three day festival.


MAY 23 5 -6:30 PM • [bCELEBRATION OF GRAMMY AWARD FOR PETESEEGER'S NEW RECORDING

Amram attends and plays as paft of a musical celebration in
Beacon New York, hosted by David Bernz, producer of the Grammy award winning album of Pete Seeger's latest recording. Amram will play on the current recording being made by Seeger, followng the Madison Square Garden tribute for his 90th birthday.


May 5-22 DAY AND NIGHT AMRAM COMPLETES NEW FORWARD TO THE NEW REISSUE OF HIS 1968 MEMOIR "VIBRATIONS"

Amram has been asked to write a Prelude for a new edition of his 1968 memoir "Vibrations to be released by Paradigm publishers in the Fall of 2009, in conjunction with his other two books [l] Offbeat:Collaborating with Kerouac and his latest book Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat

All three books represent a trilogy and are being used as course materials in many colleges and universities.


May 21 !2:so noon 28th ANNUAL AMERICAN EAGLE AWARDS

This year's event, sponsored by the American Music Council, honors Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock for their contributions to music education and the use of music as an ambassador to the world. Bill Cosby is the host.

Amram was the presenter for last years award to Maestro Loren Maazel, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Amram just completed a video for the American Music Council, demonstrating music as a way of transcending political differences and promoting understanding between nations and cultures throughout the world.

The Edison Ballroom
240 West 47th Street,
12:30 noon


May 4th 8:30-11pm FIFTY YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Cornelia Street Cafe hosts Amram and his quartet with surprise guests with whom he has collaborated in classical, jazz, Latin American music as well as actors, poets and vocalists.

John Ventimiglia, of The Sopranos reads Kerouac, accompanied by Amram, recreating Kerouac and Amram's first public jazz/poetry readings ever given in NYC in 1957. Amram's quartet of Kevin Twigg drums,John de Witt bass and Adam Amram congas has other musicians and singers joining him.


May 3rd 7-11 pm PETE SEEGER 90TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

Amram performs with the Native American Indian Cultural Alliance in a four hour tribute to Pete Seeger with 45 groups including Bruce Springsteen, John Melloncamp. Dave Matthews, Emmy Lou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez, Richie Havens and a stellar cast, all listed on Seeger90.com
All proceeds go to the Clearater Foundation. See Amram's tribute to his 50 ear riendship with Seeger on Amraam's home page.


APRIL - 2009

April 30 8-11 pm RECORD WITH MARLON SOBOL

Amram records with Marlon Sobol.leader fo [1] shem's Disciplesfor a new CD of Sobol's in Ardsley New York.


April 23-26 Day and nightANNUAL JAZZMOUTH FESTIVAL OF MUSIC AND POETRY

Amram returns for the fifth consecutive year to Portsmouth New Hampshire for concerts, readings from his books and performances with musicians featuring Mose Allison, Bob Durough, poet Donald Hall, the Larry Simon Ensemble and artists from around the country and overseas.

All events are listed on the webpage of Jazzmouth.

The festival is from Thursday thru Sunday.


April 21 all day AMRAM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE AT WARD MELVILLE HIGHCHOOL MUSIC FESTIVAL

Amram returns to one of Long island's repmiere public schools. where he first appeared in 1974, to spend the day working with the student Wind Symphony, jazz band, composition, theory and orchestration students, creative writing students and appear as guest solist that evening in a concert featuring his orchestral work In Memory of Chano Pozo
Hw will also solo in a composition of Dizzy Gillespie's with the student jazz ensemble.

Admission is Free.


MARCH - 2009

March 28 -7 pm til midnight SECOND ANNUAL LITERARY BEAT FESTIVAL:SPONTANITY AND FORMALITY

Presented by Bellamy Road (David Turner Warner Foundation, Inc.)
5910 Hampton St.
Melrose, Fl 32666
TEL (352) 475-3435 for all information.

Amram screens and discusses the chaotic creation of the Robert Frank/Kerouac narrated classic Beat documntary film Pull My Daisy
for which Amram composed the score, co-wrote the title song, with lyrics by Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Neal Cassady. Amram also appeared in the film. He will perform jazz and world music classics and demonstrate the roots of hip hop and rap, showing how spontanious scat rhyming was a part of the Era and now has become free-styling.
He will also play excerpts of a recording of his concerto for flute and orchestra "Giants of the Night" written for Sir James Galway and dedicated to Charlie Parker, Kerouac and Dizzy Gillespie, all of whom Amram performed with, and all of whom also combined Sponteaity and Formality in their work.


March 27 All day and night STETSON UNIVERSITY RESIDENCY AS JAMES TURNER BUTLER LECTURER IN DE LANDE FLORIDA


9:00 a.m Meeting with Dean Ballenger and others TBD;


10 - 10:50 Visit to a class of Prof. G. West & H. Blanchard in Presser 132

12:00 noon Lunch with School of Music Professors Syd Hodkinson, Manuel Martinez DeMurga, and Nathan Wolek;

2:30 - 3:30 Creativity, Spontanaity and Discipline: How to enrich your life and your community using these basic musical principals in everyday activities [/] -Open to the campus community and to the public.
Location: McMahan Hall

3:30 - 4:00 Meeting with School of Music composition students.
Location: Presser Room 112

5:15 Dinner with James Turner Butler Donor Committee and guests;



7:30 Student Composer Concert; program forthcoming
Location: Lee Chapel, Elizabeth Hall; Stetson campus

10:00 Discussion with students, faculty and members of the community of how we can all make a contribution by using our education throughout our lives and interacting with people from different disciplines to educate ona another.


March 18 5:30-6pm INTERVIEW AND FUNDRAISER FOR BOULDER COLORADO RADIO STATION KGNU-FM

Amram talks abut his participation aa the composer in residence for The Demcratic National Convention in Denverl last summer as well as his participation in musical events in Colorado over the past fifty years. He will also talk abiut his publisher Paradigm Publishers who are re-releasing his 1968 memoir i] Vibrations
this Spring in a new paperback edition to join his other two books Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat and Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac both of he which are published by Paradigm Publishers.
Amram will also discuss the importance of radio as a tool for community building and educating present day audiences with the inclusion of music not programmed by corporate stations.


March 10. 730-11 pm THE INFLUENCE OF JAZZ ON THE WRITING OF JACK KEROUAC

Colunmbia University's Department of Jazz Studies hosts a panel with Miles Davis biographer John Szwed, record producer George Avakian, Italian scholar Dr. Sara Villa and Amram, who will also demonstrate the roots of Bluss, early jazz, scat, and the improvising of words and music which became the foundation for rap and hip hop. He will also discuss how he, Kerouac and other classical composers. painters and poets all dealt with the relationship of spontenaity and its relationship to formal works, all of which were influenced by art of jazz on their respective work.


March 6th 3 pm-11 pm ANNUAL COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY HOWL TRIBUTE TO HONOR THE WRITINGS OF JACK KEROUAC AND ALLEN GINSBERG

Amram joins biogapher Bill Morgan,author Joyce Johnson and scholars and students for the third year to celebrate the writings of Columbia alumnae Kerouac and Ginsberg in a series of events, ending with a concert of music from the era as well as accompanying readings and a walking tour of the neighborhood where all the key members of the Beat Generation first met.
FREE ADMISSION


March 25-26 day nd night CELEBRATING THE LEGACY OF JACK KEROUAC IN ORLANDO FLORIDA

Amram does a series of events in Orlando for the Jack Kerouac Writer's Residence, with which he has been involved since it founding.
Programs will include the dedication of the grave where Kerouac's sister Caroline Blake is buried, and appearances at Rollins College and readings and concerts with artists and students from the community.


March 4th Noon -1pm- A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO ROBERT FRANK'S SHOW CELEBRATING "THE AMERICANS"

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC hosts a concert by David Amram, fsaturing his classical compositions Ode to Lord Buckley: a concerto for saxophone and orchestra,(1983) Trio for Saxophone,horn and bassoon(1958) Prelude and Scherzo for unaccmpanied saxophone(1996 )Theme and Variations on Amazing Grace (2007) and a jazz ensemble peformance of the title song Pull my Daisyfom the Robert Frsnk/ Kerouac film for which Amram co-wrote the title song, the score and in which he appeared.He will also discuss his work with Kerouac, Frank and the community of artists in NYC during the 50s in what later became known as the Beat Generation.

FREE ADMISSION


March 2 830 pm-11 FIFTY YEARS IN GREENWICH VILLAGE

Cornelia Street Cafe hosts Amram and his quartet with surprise guests with whom he has collaborated in classical, jazz, Latin American music as well as actors, poets and vocalists.

John Ventimiglia, of The Sopranos reads Kerouac, accompanied by Amram, recreating Kerouac and Amram's first public jazz/poetry readings ever given in NYC in 1957.


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