David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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JANUARY - 2010

Jan 4th -8:30-11pm NEW YEARS CELEBRATION: FIFTY FIVE 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 NYC 8:30 TO 11 PM

Between Bleeker and West 4th Street
Greenwich Village NYC


Jan5-Feb 5th -Day and night Writing 4TH book "DAVID AMRAM: THE FIRST 80 YEARS" and composing new orchestral work. Also archiving tapes, videos, photos, writings and recordings for the documentary film "David Amram" The First 80 Years" being made by Larry Kraman of Newport Classic Recordings, and organizing all music for Nov 20th concert at Symphony Space in NYC, celebrating Amram's 80th birthday.

The entire program will be posted shortly.


FEBRUARY - 2010

Feb 168 PM MEMBERS OF THE BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND CLASSICAL SAXOPHONE VIRTUOSO KEN RADNOFSKY PLAY AMRAM'S MUSIC IN BOSTON

The Boston Symphony's Jamie Sommerville, Principal Horn, Richard Svoboda principal bassoon and Ken Radnofsky, concert saxophonist (and also member of the BSO) will be playing Amram's 1958 Trio for Tenor Saxophone, French Horn and Bassoon in a concert to be filmed and recorded by Larry Kraman of Newport Classic Recordings as part of his documentary feature film David Amram: The First 80 Years

Ken Radnofsky will also play Amram's Prologue and Scherzo, for Unaccompanied Alto Saxophone well as Gunther Schuller's Sonata for Saxophone and Erwin Schulhoff 's 'Hot Sonate

8 P.M. at JORDAN HALL BOSTON
FREE ADMISSION



MAY - 2010

May 27th7:30 pm15th Annual East Side Festival at Theatre of the New City, New York, NY; Amram reads from his book Vibrations and performs for the fifteenth consecutive year at this grassroots community festival


May 27th7:30 pmJacob Burns Theatre in Pleasantville, NY; Amram introduces Intangible Asset #82, an Australian musician's study of the traditional music of South Korea; Amram also speaks about the influences of World Music and demonstrates several instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East


JUNE - 2010

June 3rd • Amram is interviewed for the Italian documentary film The Sound of Asphalt, which addresses the burgeoning careers of today's young musicians and composers


June 5th12 pm • Poughkeepsie, NY; Performing with Pete Seeger in a preview for the Clearwater Music Festival


June 7th7:30 pmGreenwich Village, NY; 50th Anniversary of Folk City, honoring its founder Mike Porco; Amram performs with guest multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, founder of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Native American singer/songwriter Roland Mousaa


June 7th8:30-11 pmCornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


June 8th9 pmSoul To Soul, 1196 Broadway & Lafayette St., New York City, NY; Amram joins daughter Alana's band The Rough Gems to be filmed for the new documentary The Sound of Asphalt


June 15th8:30 pmSymphony Space's Thalia Theatre, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Amram speaks prior to the performance of his Theme and Variation on Red River Valley with a text by Mark Twain narrated by New York Times journalist and radio host Robert Sherman


June 15th7:00 pmNuyorican Poet's Café, 236 East 3rd St., New York City, NY; Amram performs in a concert to benefit the earthquake survivors of Haiti


June 19th - 20th • 2010 Clearwater Music Festival in Croton Harmon, NY; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for several events including the Opening Ceremonies and a Young People's Concert with Pete Seeger


JULY - 2010

July 5th8:30-11 pmCornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


July 14-182010 Woody Fest in Okemah, Oklahoma; Amram and his son Adam perform for the sixth consecutive year at the festival dedicated to the legacy of Woody Guthrie; Amram also accompanies Oklahoma poets and gives a seminar on his orchestral composition Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie


July 23rd - 25th4-H Youth Fair in Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for the twenty-sixth consecutive year in his hometown's annual event, bringing the treasures of world music to the Fair; He will also, for the twenty-sixth consecutive year, be working as a Festival volunteer, roasting and selling fresh corn


July 30th8 pmBoston University Tanglewood Institute, Seija Osawa Hall; Amram speaks prior to the performance of his saxophone concerto Ode To Lord Buckley performed by Boston Symphony's classical saxophonist virtuoso Kenneth Randnofsky and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble, Robin Reynolds conducting


AUGUST - 2010

August 14th 9 pmBayport Long Island; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), From Cairo To Kerouac, Classics of Jazz & World Music


August 24th • Filming all day in Brooklyn for David Amram: The First Eighty Years, performance 8 pm at Goodbye Blue Mondays on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn with the bands of Alana, Adira & Adam Amram


August 28th8 pmNew London Music Festival at Hygienic Art Park, screening of Kerouac narrated film Pull My Daisy hosted by Amram who scored, as well appeared in the film, followed by a concert by the David Amram Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas)


SEPTEMBER - 2010

September 5thAnnual Bradstock Festival in West Sayville, Long Island; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for the tenth consecutive season at this festival, which raises funds for Youth Programs in Suffolk County, Long Island


September 6th8:30-11 pmCornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


September 14th8 pmNew York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Musical Director and violin virtuous Elmira Darvarov has scheduled Three Songs for Marlboro for Horn and Cello to be performed by New York Philharmonic cellist Maria Kitsopoulos and French Hornist Howard Wall


September 16th8 pmNew York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Musical Director and violin virtuous Elmira Darvarov has scheduled Blues & Variations For Monk to be performed by New York Philharmonic solo Hornist Phillip Myers


September 17thLake George NY; In a salute to Amram's comic opera 12th Night and his forthcoming 80th birthday, the Lake George Jazz Festival has arranged a cruise on Lake George where 12th Night received its world premiere in 1968 by the Lake George Opera Company; On the cruise there will be premiere of an hour long DVD of highlights from the opera filmed by Larry Kramen in April 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA; In addition to the screening, Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), will also perform classics of Jazz and World Music; For more information, click here.


September 18th • Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), are featured performers at the Annual Lake George Jazz Festival


September 19th9 am-noon • Amram is honeree at the Annual Clearwater meeting in Beacon, NY


September 30th8 pm • Amram performs for the opening of the 2010 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! festival in Lowell, MA


OCTOBER - 2010

October 2nd • Amram returns for the sixteenth time to Farm Aid to perform with Willie Nelson's band at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI


October 3rd3 pm • Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Amram Jam, Lowell, MA


October 24th3 pmAaron Copeland House at Merestead Estate, Mount Kisco, NY; Amram's chamber music composition Native American Portraits for Violin Piano and Percussion will be performed; Based on the traditional music of the Cheyenne, Seneca and Zuni Nations, Amram will demonstrates the instruments and vocal styles he has learned while playing with and for Native peoples over the past fifty years and how these many genres of music provide a rich new source for classical composers


October 25thPaley Center, New York premiere of Chris Felver's documentary film Ferlinghetti with music composer & performed by David Amram


October 30th • Latin Roots Celebration Amram is a guest soloist with percussionist/band leader/composer Bobby Sanabria and his orchestra; Also featuring Cuban drum master Candido


NOVEMBER - 2010

November 11th7:30 pmGala 80th Birthday Celebration, Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY


November 13th • Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, Amram & Oscar Brandt give a panel on 50 years of delving into the treasures of the world's folk music


November 12-16Amram At 80; Daily performances of Amram's music to be filmed and broadcast throughout New York City; Details TBA


November 17th2 pmCelebration of the actual date of Amram's 80th birthday; 2 pm in Queens, NY; Amram's Symphonic Variations On A Song by Woody Guthrie and In Memoria de Chano Pozo will be performed by the Queen College Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Peress and Amram, who will also be a guest soloist


November 19th - 20th7:30 pmPlaza Theatre in El Paso, Texas; As an 80th Birthday After Party, Amram attends two performances of his saxophone concerto Ode To Lord Buckley performed by Boston Symphony's classical saxophonist virtuoso Kenneth Randnofsky and the El Paso Symphony, Sarah Ioannides conducting


November 24th7:00 pmLong Island Pulse Singer Songwriter Series; Admission is free


DECEMBER - 2010

December 2nd5:00 pmDouglass campus of Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ at Cher Hall; Amram's Piano Sonata will be performed by pianist Allison Franzetti; Admission is free


December 3rd8:00 pmAustrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St; Amram's Blues & Variations for Monk for solo horn performed by John Clark


December 5th2-5:00 pmSt. Luke's Church, 850 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY; Amram headlines a concert with Pete Seeger for Art Kamel


December 5th7-11:00 pmThe Town Crier in Pawling, NY; Amram performs with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band


December 6th8:30-11 pmCornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


December 7th - 9thUniversity of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell, MA; Celebrating his 80th Birthday, Kay Roberts, Conductor and founder of both the New England Chamber Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of Lowell and Professor of Music at U. Mass. , leads a program of Amram's orchestral compositions for her new series Music On the Merrimack at U. Mass. Lowell; The concert the evening of Dec 9th features Amram's orhestral music. including his Travels For Trumpet & Orchestra, the second movement of his flute concerto Giants of the Night and excerpts of the scores for the classic films The Manchurian Candidate & Splendor in the Grass; The concert will include performances by Amram & his Quartet of some of his jazz works and his quartet will also be soloists in the finale: Martin Luther King from Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings.


December 28th - 30thNewport, RI; Editing film David Amram, The First 80 Years, with filmmaker Lawrence Kraman


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