David Amram
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JANUARY - 2012

January 2nd8:30-11 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


January 19-26Sarasota FL; Screenings of the documentary films Jack Kerouac Slept Here, (in which Amram appeared and scored), and A Chance To Live, the story of Holocaust survivor Pieter Kohnstam's friendship with Anne Frank


January 27th • The Kurt Sleigman Estate, Sugar Loaf NY; Screening of Kerouac narrated film Pull My Daisy for which Amram wrote the score and in which he appeared; Amram will discuss making the film, perform classics of jazz and world music of the 1950s and accompany readings of Jack Kerouac; For further details contact Janet Hamill @ hamill_janet@yahoo.com


FEBRUARY - 2012

February 2ndIndianapolis, Indiana; Accompanying reading of Jack Kerouac's On The Road at a special event prior to the 2012 Superbowl hosted by James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts; Mr Irsay is the owner of the original scroll manuscript of On The Road, which will be displayed at this gala reception; Following Amram's performance he will join John Mellencamp's all-star group for a celebratory jam session


February 2-9 • Denver, CO; February 3, Mercury Café, 8-11 pm, Amram performs classics of jazz & world music for Annual Neal Cassady Day • February 4, Mid-Afternoon On-Air Fundraising Concert @ KUVO Radio FM • February 4, Amram and his Denver-based Quartet perform two shows at Dazzle, 8-midnight; Amram will also give readings from his three books, perform at the Denver Academy, Southeast High School, the University of Colorado-Boulder Music School and locations in Boulder TBA; For complete information of Amram's Annual Rocky Mountain Tour, contact Douglas Yeager @ yeagerprod @ aol.com


February 12th1-5 pmCastello di Borghese Vineyards in Kutchogue, NY, Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), give their annual concert for Winterfest


February 19-25The Center for Art & Media, Karlsruhe, Germany; Amram attends ZKM's screening of filmmaker Teri McLuhan's prize-winning documentary The Frontier Gandhi, (for which Amram composed and conducted the score); Amram will also give a Concert for Peace with German musicians performing global roots music of countries in conflict; For further information contact Wolfgang Knapp @ knapp @ zkm.de


MARCH - 2012

March 22-25Amram In Austin! March 22, 8 pm Concert of Jewish, Middle Eastern & Jazz Music @ Congregation Agudes Achim Temple with musicians John Inmon (guitar), Glenn Fukunaga (bass), Paul Pearcy (drums/percussion) & special guest artists • March 24, 9 pm Screening of Lawrence Kraman's feature documentary David Amram, The First 80 Years @ The Regal Arbor Cinema, Austin • March 25, 2 pm Second screening of Lawrence Kraman's feature documentary David Amram, The First 80 Years @ The Regal Arbor Cinema, Austin • March 25, 8 pm From Abu Dhabi To Austin, At Home Around The World With David Amram & Friends, featuring John Inmon (guitar), Glenn Fukunaga (bass), Paul Piarcy (drums) at Casa Karen in Austin


March 1-11 • Woody Guthrie Centennial, Tulsa, OK; Amram rehearses and conducts his Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie, as well as works by Aaron Copeland and Duke Ellington (two of Guthrie's favorite composers). Amram will also perform with the Red Dirt Rangers and will feature an Oklahoma Stomp Dance Group and Gospel Choir to initiate the year long celebration of Woody Guthrie's 100th Birthday; This gala kick-off concert is under the auspices of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Woody Guthrie Foundation and the Grammy Museum. • March 9, Amram performs with the Red Dirt Rangers • March 10, Amram performs at a concert featuring Arlo Guthrie, John Mellencamp and other luminaries TBA • March 12, Amram leads a jazz tribute to Woody Guthrie with outstanding players from the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame • For further information contact Doug Yeager @ yeagerprod@aol.com or Anna Canoni @ acanoni@woodyguthrie.org


APRIL - 2012

April 2nd8:30-11 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 guest


April 21st7 pmQueens NY, Guest solist with Carol Suddhalter's Mix And Match Music • For further info click here.


April 22nd7 pmClearwater's 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration, Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown NY; Amram performs in a concert including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, the Klezmatics, Tom Chapin, Toshi Reagon, Lucy Kaplanski, Garland Jeffreys, Cheryl Wheeler & others


April 26-29 • Annual Jazzmouth Festival, Portsmouth NY; Amram returns for the sixth time to New England's premier festival of words and music as a featured performer along with Eric Mingus • April 26, 7pm @ The Music Hall, Screening of the 1962 film The Manchurian Candidate, starring Frank Sinatra - Amram will share with the audience his adventures in composing the score for this classic film • April 27, 7:30 pm, Amram & Eric Mingus will perform & accompany a variety of guest poets and musicians, Details TBA • April 28, 11 am @ The River Run Bookstore, Local teenage poets will read their work accompanied by the Larry Simon Ensemble and Amram • April 28, 8 pm @ The Press Room, Jazzmouth Jazz Night, Amram will join other artists performing classics of jazz • April 28, 3 pm @ The Loft Theatre, Screening of filmmaker Lawrence Kraman's feature documentary David Amram, The First 80 Years, followed by a Q& A with Kraman and Amram


MAY - 2012

May 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


May 8th8:00 pm-1 am • The City Winery, 155 Varick St., NY; Amram performs his new song Time To Occupy and also performs with filmmaker Michael Moore to celebrate the release of Occupy This Album; The performance at the Winery will also feature Nancy Griffith, Tom Chapin, Joel Rafael and surprise guests; All funds for this event and all royalties from the new recording will go to support the many young people who are advocating for a more equitable America


May 9th5:30-8 pmThe Great Hall At Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NYC; A Celebration of the Life and Work of Barney Rosset; Amram will perform and speak


May 20-273 pmAmram in Toronto! Music In The Barns, Classical Music for Kids, At Home Around the World, The Global Roots of Classical Music, Amram performs music on authentic instruments from 35 countries and shows how they are the sources of today's orchestral instruments He also shows how the roots musics of so many cultures remain influential to the creation of classical music of the 21st Century, just as it was as a source pf inspiration for the great composers of the past. This was the approach which Amram pioneered in his celebrated children's program's which he did for thirteen seasons as a guest conductor for Young People's Concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, eight seasons with the Montreal Symphony and for for folk and jazz festivals across Canada, the USA and around the world for the past 50 years. Following a week of appearances at schools and musical venues throughout Toronto (TBA), Amram will attend two performances of his Horn Concerto with soloist Olivia Brayley and the York Symphony on May 26 @ 8:30 pm @ the Trinity Anglican Church on 79 Victoria Street, Aurora and May 27th @ 7:30 pm @ The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Toronto


May 30th • Complete recording of original music for director Michael Kelly's feature film Isn't It Delicious starring Keir Dullea, Mia Dillon, Kathleen Chelfant, Malachy McCourt & Alice Ripley


JUNE - 2012

June 2nd8 pmMilford Theatre, Milford, PA; Screening of Kerouac narrated film Pull My Daisy for which Amram wrote the score and in which he appeared; Amram will discuss making the film, perform classics of jazz and world music of the 1950s and accompany readings of Jack Kerouac along with his quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Don Miller on bass, Adam Amram on congas)


June 10th6 PM690 E 18th St., Brooklyn, NY; Amram is the guest composer for the OMNI Ensemble's 30th Anniversary Gala; Performances of Amram's music will include Dirge For Piano Trio and Variations on Red River Valley with flautist David Wechsler


June 10th11 pm • Arlene's Kitchen, Lower Manhattan; Benefit Concert for Job Creation and support of Municipal Employees of New York City: Sponsored by Occupy Wall Street


June 15thFundraiser for Pete Seeger's Clearwater Festival; Amram performs with Tom Chapin, special guest Raffi and others as a preview to the Clearwater Festival; Access Clearwater website for details


June 16 & 17 • Croton Harmon, NY; Amram returns to the Clearwater Festival performing with his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), special guest Raffi, Pete Seeger and others


JULY - 2012

June 29-July 3San Diego, CA; World Premiere of Canción de Verano (Summer Song) For Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello, A Friends of Today Music Commission for the Music Teachers Association of California


July 4th4 pm till 11 • Headlining 35th Anniversary of Cornelia St Cafe with an outdoor free concert on the block of Cornelia St with David Amram Quartet and Friends; At 6 pm there will also be a sneak preview screening of Lawrence Kraman's documentary new documentary film David Amram:The First 80 Years in the Café; An Amram Jam will follow.


July 11-15 • Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration in his hometown of Okemah, OK; Details TBA


July 17th2-4 pm1270 5th Ave, The Historical Landmark Preservation Society will be unveiling the Odetta Cultural Medallion Plaque on the face of the building of where she lived for more than thirty years; Amram will speak and perform a tribute


July 18th7-7:20 pm • Performing for Coalition to save Greenwich Village form over-development


July 18th • Bryant Park, 42nd St. and 5th Ave performing with Pete Seeger to celebrate the release of his new book Pete Seeger In His Own Words for which Amram wrote the forward


July 18-21 • Queen College, NY; Composer In Residence for Annual Conductor's Seminar hosted by Maurice Peress; Details TBA


July 27-29 • 28th Annual Performance at Putnam County 4H Fair at both the Corn and Band Stand


AUGUST - 2012

August 11th 8-11 pmSedgewood Club, Carmel NY; An Evening With David Amram; Performances of Violin Sonata and The Wind and the Rain for Viola and Piano and classics of jazz and world music with Amram and his Trio performing


SEPTEMBER - 2012

September 2nd2:30-3:45 pmBradstock XIX, Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck, Center Moriches, Long Island; Amram appears with his Quartet for 11th Year! in Annual Fundraiser for Young People's Programs in Suffolk County and the Food & Rescue Oragnization


September 3rd8:30-11 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 5thAnnual New York Chamber Music Festival; Symphony Space, NYC; Amram is one of the 12 narrators readings texts from Henry David Thoreau in composer John Cage's Lecture on the Weather. celebrating Cage's 100th Birthday


September 6th • Rehearse with Josh White Jr. for upcoming concerts with the Colorado Symphony


September 7thAnnual New York Chamber Music Festival; Symphony Space, NYC; The Chamber Music of David Amram • Violin Sonata (performed by violinist Elmira Darvarova, President and Artistic Director of the New York Chamber Music Festival) • Performance of Native American Portraits for Violin, Piano and Percussion (performed by violinist Elmira Darvarova, Greg Zuber, Metropolitan Opera principal percussionist and Tomoko Kanamaru, pianist) • Theme and Variations on Red River Valley For Flute and Strings (performed by flutist Carol Wincenc) • the second movement of Giants of the Night (performed by flutist Carol Wincenc) • Blues and Variations for Monk (performed by the New York Philharmonic's French Hornist Howard Wall) • Portraits (performed by the New York Piano Quartet) • the New York premiere of Summer Song, a piano quartet for young musicians • and 5 readings from Jack Kerouac's On The Road accompanied by David Amram and his Quartet (Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel; John DeWitt, bass, Adam Amram, congas)


September 8-11New York City; Amram performs in filmmaker Matthew Barney's film River of Fundament based on Norman Mailer's novel Ancient Evenings


September 14-227:30 pmDenver; Amram conducts rehearsals with the Colorado Symphony, appears at schools and colleges and performs with his Denver-based Quartet at Dazzle for radio KUVO and does special programs with singer/songwriter Josh White Jr., who will be the guest soloist for the concerts; 7:30 pm; Symphonic Variations of a Song by Woody Guthrie, Composed by David Amram (Commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Publications) will be performed and recorded for a Master Recording Release by the internationally renowned Colorado Symphony Orchestra • Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street (and Curtis Street) Denver, CO 80202


September 24th • Theatre of the New City Gala, NY; Details TBA


September 25-29Austin, TX; The Texas premiere of Amram's Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie will be performed by the Austin Civic Orchestra on September 29; Amram will also do a series of concerts, seminars and readings during this week; Details TBA


September 30th9 & 11 pmBirdland, 315 W, 44th St; Amram debuts special work for Saxophone and String Quartet dedicated to the memory of his long time musical partner baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams in a Tribute to Birdland


OCTOBER - 2012

October 1st8:30-11 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


October 2-5British Library, London - England; Amram performs at the opening of the exhibit of the Original Scroll Manuscript of Jack Kerouac's On The Road, which will be on view in London for the first time


October 11-14Lowell, MA; Amram returns to the Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Festival for screenings of Lawrence Kraman's feature documentary David Amram, The First 80 Years, seminars, readings and his annual Amram Jam; Go to Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! website for more details


NOVEMBER - 2012

November 5th 8:30-11 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


November 9th7:30 pmSymphony Space, 95 & Broadway NYC; Amram will be the recipiant of the Second Annual Pete & Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award; The first half of the evening of the official world premiere of Lawrence Kraman's documentary feature film David Amram The First 80 Years; The second half with be a concert featuring luminaries from the worlds of folk, jazz and world music and a performance of Amram's latest chamber work Cancion de Verano (Summer Song), a chamber music composition for young performers.


November 10th • Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance in Kershonken, NY; Amram will be a special guest to share world music and classical techniques with today's young singer/songwriters


November 21-26Festival de Jazz de Québec, Québec City - Canada; Amram performs classic of jazz, world music and does programs (in French) about his close friend and collaborator Jack Kerouac and gives readings (in English) from his book Off Beat Collaborating With Kerouac


DECEMBER - 2012

Nov 27-Dec 1Brown University, Providence, RI - Amram appears and does programs in conjunction with two performances of his Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie conducted by Paul Philips; There will also be a special concert of Amram's chamber music music composition performed by Consuelo Sherba and Charles Sherba


December 3rd8:30-11 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 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 14th8:00 pmPhiladelphia, 8:00 pm, at The Pslam Salon, 5841 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, 215-477-7578; David Amram and his Quartet will perform;


December 15th8:00-11 pm117 McDougal St, 57 Years in the Village; At the site of the old Gaslight Café Amram and others give a concert for Friends of Mike Porco, Legendary Founder of Folk City


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