David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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JANUARY - 2013

January 7thNew Year's Celebration, Amram's 58th Year in Greenwich Village
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


January 10 • The Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education, New York
Amram will speak about the ways that music can achieve peace among people and will share some of his experiences drawn from his travels around the world where music has served as a passport for understanding; He will give some brief musical demonstrations from Egypt, Africa, Israel, the Khyber Pass, Sri Lanka, China, Ireland, Native America, Guatemala and across the United States and Canada


Jan 28 -Jan 30 • Denver, CO
Amram edits live recordings for a new cd of his Symphonic Variations On A Song By Woody Guthrie and Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for Flute and Strings, performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Amram in September of 2012


FEBRUARY - 2013

February 1Annual Neal Cassady Day
Denver, CO
Amram returns as the featured guest performing classics of jazz and world music for the Annual Neal Cassady Day


February 2-9Artist In Residence at Millsaps College
Jackson, MI
Amram has been selected to be the Artist In Residence at Millsaps College where he will host an evening of his classic chamber music compositions, screenings of two of the classic films he scored, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Pull My Daisy (1959), a screening his opera The Final Ingredient, An Opera of the Holocaust, (commissioned and premiered in 1965 by ABC Network Television), and highlights from his comic opera, 12th Night • Amram will also be holding a seminar on the artists from Mississippi with whom he has collaborated and a jam session honoring the Mississippi roots of 20th century blues, jazz, folk, rock and country music and be on hand to answer questions after the Mississippi premiere of Lawrence Kraman's new documentary about his life and work, David Amram, The First 80 Years


February 10-18Composer and Artist In Residence
New Mexico State University in Las Cruces
Amram will appear as the Composer and Artist In Residence hosting formal concerts of his chamber music, leading an Amram Jam Session, speaking of the gifts of New Mexico's Mexican American and Native American musical cultures to the world at large, and speaking about his collaborations with leading figures in the arts during the last fifty seven years • There will also be screenings of two of the classic films he scored, The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Pull My Daisy (1959), as well as the New Mexico premiere of Lawrence Kraman's new documentary about his life and work, David Amram, The First 80 Years


MARCH - 2013

March 8-10Kerouac's 91st Birthday
Lowell, MA
Amram leads and participates in a series of concerts, seminars, jam sessions and readings with music, celebrating his friendship and musical collaborations with Jack Kerouac as part of Lowell's honoring of Kerouac's 91st Birthday • Following the success of their recent presentation at the Québec Festival du Jazz et Kerouac, Amram will accompany Lowell's leading authority on Lowell's Francophone culture Roger Brunelle in readings with music of recently published works by Kerouac which were written in French;


March 18 + 19 • Far Brook School, Short Hills, NJ
Programs for its students about the folkloric roots of music as a basis for contemporary classical composition; Violinist Ashley Horne, pianist Erasmia Voukelatos and percussionist Glen Fittin will perform with Amram his Native American Portraits for Violin, Piano and Percussion among other works


March 29Guest Speaker for the symposium presented by the Fales Library in Celebration of NYU's Acquisition and Processing of the Larry Rivers Papers
New York University
Amram's will discuss visual artist Larry River's work as a musician and their collaborations from 1955 until Rivers' death


APRIL - 2013

April 1 • Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


April 3-5 • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Amram will give seminars for the English Department about creative writing and interdisciplinary collaborations, including his work with Jack Kerouac, Arthur Miller and others • Amram will also give a concert at the Carrboro Arts Center American Roots Series and other activities


April 18 • Portsmouth, NH • The Press Room


April 22 Interview with Sara Fisko for her Jazz Loft documentary film, Lumiere Productions
New York City


April 23Interview for Brattleboro Radio Station


April 25 Afternoon concert w The Amigos
New York City


April 26 Amram headlines and performs with The Amigos
Philadelphia, PA
An evening of folk, jazz and world music at the Pslam Salon hosted by WXPN's Gene Shay


April 28 Headlining folk music concert
Putney, Vermont
Headlining folk music concert and performing with his daughter Alana Amram and her band The Rough Gems


MAY - 2013

May 2 • NYC
Meeting with Jacques D'Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute


May 3Salem State University's 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Kerouac Symposium
Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA
Amram is a featured participant in Salem State University's 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Kerouac Symposium, hosting a screening of the film Pull My Daisy (1959)


May 5 Amram reads from his books for Literary Manhattan
On the rooftop of the Library Motel, NYC
Amram reads from his books for Literary Manhattan along with readings by prizewinning author Joyce Johnson


May 6Amram's Quartet
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


May 12Interview for feature film Wisdom Keepers: Life, Longevity and the Pursuit of Happiness
Other interviewees include Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Stephen Sondheim, Yoko Ono, Joel Gray, Warren Buffett and others


May 25Annual Festival of the Lower East Side
NYC, Theatre For The New City
Amram's tenth appearance at the Annual Festival of the Lower East Side


May 30Morley and her band
Joe's Pub, NYC
Guest appearance with Morley and her band



May 31-June 13 • Composing Greenwich Village Sketches for Boston Symphony's classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky • The three movements of this pieces are in memory of three of Amram's collaborators and close friends Arthur Miller, Odetta and Frank McCourt • Amram will also be working on his new piece Three Excerpts from Jack Kerouac's On The Road for baritone and piano to be premiered by singer James Martin at the New York Festival of Song in the Spring 2014


JUNE - 2013

June 14-16 Clearwater Festival
Croton-On-Hudson, NY
Amram returns for his 12th appearance at the Clearwater Festival held in Croton-On-Hudson after being awarded the Pete and Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award last fall, to perform with Pete Seeger, Josh White Jr and Amram's own Quartet


June 17-20Guest Composer for Maurice Peress' Annual Conductor's Workshop
Queen's College
Amram returns for third time as Guest Composer for Maurice Peress' Annual Conductor's Workshop at Queen's College


June 20 Benefit Concert
Museum of the City of New York, Hosack Hall, Folk Music Museum


June 22Mount Beacon Fire Tower Grand Opening Ceremony
Beacon, NY
Performing at the Mount Beacon Fire Tower Grand Opening Ceremony


June 23 Filmmaker Michael Donahue's new feature film Isn't It Delicious
Quad Theatre, 13th St. Greenwich Village
Quad Theatre, 13th St. Greenwich Village • Filmmaker Michael Donahue's new feature film Isn't It Delicious with an original score by David Amram will be screened • Amram will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A afterwards


JULY - 2013

July 1Amram's Quartet
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests


July 2-8 Series of concerts, seminars
Center For Arts and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany
Amram returns to the Center For Arts and Media Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany for a series of concerts, seminars and the European debut of Lawrence Kraman's documentary film David Amram, The First 80 Years


July 10-14 Annual Woody Guthrie Festival
Okemah, OK
Amram returns for the ninth time to perform at the Annual Woody Guthrie Festival in Okemah, OK


July 24Screening of Lawrence Kraman's documentary feature film David Amram, The First 80 Years
Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY
Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kraman and David Amram moderated by concert pianist and Aaron Copeland House Artistic Director Michael Boriskin, as well as a concert by David Amram and his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas)


July 26-8 Putnam County 4-H Fair
Putnam County, NY
David Amram makes his 28th appearance at the Putnam County 4-H Fair roasting corn at the Corn Stand and performing with his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas) on the Concert Stage


July 26Global Roots For Today's Symphonic Composers
Seven Arrows, Putnam Valley, NY


AUGUST - 2013

August 1 Fourth Annual Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, NY
David Amram performs with his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas)


August 3Two Row Wampum Festival
Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY
Amram performs alongside Pete Seeger, Matoaka Little Eagle, Pow Haton Eagle, Tiokashin Ghosthorse and others


August 16-18Philadelphia Folk Festival
Schwenksville, PA
Amram performs with The Amigos and gives workshop on the global roots of folk music for his 12th appearance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival


August 25Eco Fest
Times Square, NY
Amram performs at a free outdoor concert for one of the oldest ecological groups in New York City for Eco Fest


SEPTEMBER - 2013

September 1 Annual Bradstock Festival
2 Chet Swezey Rd, Center Moriches, Long Island, NY
Amram performs for the 11th time at the Annual Bradstock Festival, which raises money for young people of Suffolk County, Long Island


September 2Amram's Quartet
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and featuring Guest Poet Joe Pacheco


September 21Farm AID
Saratoga, NY
Amram returns to play this legendary benefit for the 12th time alongside singer/songwriter and activist Willie Nelson


September 22Annual Festival of New Trumpets
New York City
Amram performs alongside Trumpet virtuoso Hugh Ragin


September 23 • New York City
Amram presents an award to Pete Seeger


September 25David Amram's Quartet
Stella Adler Studio of Acting, 31 W 27th St
David Amram's Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass and Eliot Pepper on bongos) and poet Grace Shulman perform • Amram returns to share music and anecdotes of his collaborations in New York theatre with Elia Kazen, Harold Klurman, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp and other playwrights, directors and authors


September 29Jack Kerouac: The Florida - New York Connection • A Celebration of The Jack Kerouac Writers-In-Residence Project of Orlando, FL
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NY
Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), will perform music of Jack Kerouac's era and accompany Kerouac biographer Joyce Johnson, actors Michael Shannon and John Ventimiglia, poet Frank Messina, Kerouac Project, co-founder Summer Rodman, and recent Kerouac Project resident Monica Wendel


OCTOBER - 2013

October 7 Amram's Quartet
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos)


October 10-13Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Literary Festival
Lowell, MA
Amram returns to perform at the Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Literary Festival


October 17-20David Amram and John McEuen
Palladium Theatre, St. Petersburg, Orlando, 253 5th Ave N St Petersburg
Amram and John McEuen perform in a special concert celebrating the Native American, folk, blues and jazz roots of American music • Amram will appear at local colleges and at the annual celebration of Jack Kerouac's time in spent in St. Petersburg


October 25-27Festival du Jazz
Québec City, Québec
Amram returns as a featured performer in a concert with members of the Québec Symphony Orchestra and outstanding French Canadian jazz artists at the Festival du Jazz • He will also give seminars in French • All performances and concerts also narrated in French


October 31"Harlem Speaks Series"
The National Jazz Museum in Harlem
Amram appears for the "Harlem Speaks Series" to recount stories of his interactions, collaborations and friendships with some of the 20th Centuries legendary Jazz (and Latin Jazz) artists, such as Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Mary Lou Williams, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, Nina Simone, Thelonious Monk, Betty Carter, Earl `Fatha' Hines, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Pepper Adams, Roy Haynes, Randy Weston, Mark Murphy, Jimmy Heath, Percy Heath, Paul Desmond, Mongo Santamaria, Candido, Arturo Sandovahl, Stan Getz, Paquito d'Rivera, Ray Barretto, Tito Puente, Candido, Los Papines, and Antonio Carlos Jobim


NOVEMBER - 2013

November 4Amram's Quartet
Cornelia St. Café, New York City
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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos)


November 7 Caffè Lena Book launch!
37 Main St, Powerhouse Arena, DUMBO - Brooklyn, NY
Amram performs and helps celebrate the iconic Caffè Lena where he first performed in 1972


November 7 + 8Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Annual Conference
Kerhonkson, NY
Amram returns for the fourth time to participate in the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Annual Conference


November 9David Amram & The Amigos
Queens NY
Amram returns to perform at the Sunnyside Reform Church (on the corner of Stillman Ave and 48th St.) with The Amigos


November 10Concert honoring US veterans
Carmel, NY
Amram, French Hornist Abby Mayer and violist Midhat Serbigi give a special concert honoring US veterans and celebrate their own 60th Anniversary of their service in Europe as members of 7th Army Symphony Orchestra


November 11 Fundraiser for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting
31 W 27th St, NYC
Amram returns to share music and anecdotes of his collaborations in New York theatre with Elia Kazen, Harold Klurman, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp, Paddy Chayefsky and other playwrights, directors and authors


November 13 • Recording music for singer/songwriter John Flynn new cd


November 14WBAI Radio fundraiser
The Cutting Room, NYC
Amram joins Pete Seeger and Native American singer/flutist/radio host Tiokasian Ghosthorse for a WBAI Radio fundraiser


November 19Benefit for Baraka Women's Center, Nairobi Kenya
Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford St., Fort Green
Amram performs chamber music including the second movement of his flute concerto Giants of the Night composed for Sir James Galway, performed by flutist David Wechsler and pianist Heidi Upton and leads the Layfayette Inspiration Ensemble Choir and audience in his arrangement of the Kenyan folk classic Kwahare


November 23BAM Tribute to Earl McIntyre
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Amram hosts the BAM's Tribute to trombonist, composer and educator Earl McIntyre


November 25 • Generations In Jazz Festival
Lincoln Center, NY
Amram appears with The Amigos for their Generations In Jazz Festival, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center


DECEMBER - 2013

December 1 - 31 • Amram will also be working on his 4th book David Amram: The Next 80 Years, a commissioned classical work for the Boston Symphony's saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky and a new series of recordings of his chamber, orchestral and jazz/world music compositions


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