David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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“He’s one of the most talented
musicians in the universe!”
...Pete Seeger

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JANUARY - 2015

January 48:30-11:00 PM61 Years in Greenwich Village • Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village, New York City • David Amram and his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) perform music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac with whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity, and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries


January 6-31 • Amram orchestrates Greenwich Village Portraits for alto saxophone and strings, and works on his fourth book David Amram, The Next 80 Years


FEBRUARY - 2015

February 2New Year Celebration 60 years in Greenwich Village
Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City
David Amram and his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) perform music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Alan Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac, whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity , and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries


February 5- 14Ten days + nights in the Rockies
Fifth Annual Neal Cassady Day
David Amram's America
E Town
interviews on radio stations KUVO-FM and KGNU-FM
Various locations in Denver + Boulder, Colorado honoring the voices of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac • In his first program, Amram headlines the Fifth Annual Neal Cassady Day, honoring the life of the Denver native who was the real life hero of author Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road • Amram also participates in a series of programs celebrating the release of his new composition CD This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie, a live recording with Amram conducting the Colorado Symphony Orchestra in Denver • Amram also appears in a program at Chautauqua in Boulder Colorado, entitled David Amram's America • He also hosts a screening of Lawrence Kraman's new documentary feature film David Amram the First 80 Years at E-town Hall + appears on the national radio show E Town co-billed with singer-songwriter Steve Earle • In addition to interviews on radio stations KUVO-FM and KGNU-FM Amram completes the final music for Wayne Ewing's new documentary film Dancing on the Water recounting Matt Moseley's record-breaking twenty five mile swim across Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans where Amram accompanied Mosely's 15-hour swim, providing music while aboard a small boat in order to bolster the swimmer's spirits


February 18-22 Day + Night Annual Folk Alliance International
Kansas City, Missouri
Amram hosts several events, including a tribute to Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger + Kansas City's own legendary Charlie Parker, all of whom he knew • He also will present seminars about global music as a rich source for composing classical concert music as well as adding invaluable musical ingredients for the work of today's singer-songwriters + instrumentalists • And he will join young musicians from Kansas City + around the world who attend this unique event to emphasize the power of community music making and the enduring value of all sincere music built to last


MARCH - 2015

March 212th Annual benefit for The Theater of the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program
National Arts Club, 16 Grammercy Park South, New York City
David Amram is receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution for the cultural life in New York City, as a classical composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, pioneer of World Music and jazz/poetry, and his work in the theater and films • Actress Tammy Grimes is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for her stellar performances on Broadway and in the films, and her support of the arts and role model for young actors as a star who always delivers her very best • Performers from the worlds of opera, Broadway, jazz and dramatic productions of new emerging playwrights will perform during the Gala


March 212th Annual benefit for The Theater of the New City's Emerging Playwrights Program
National Arts Club, 16 Grammercy Park South, New York City
David Amram is receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution for the cultural life in New York City, as a classical composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, pioneer of World Music and jazz/poetry, and his work in the theater and films • Actress Tammy Grimes is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award for her stellar performances on Broadway and in the films, and her support of the arts and role model for young actors as a star who always delivers her very best • Performers from the worlds of opera, Broadway, jazz and dramatic productions of new emerging playwrights will perform during the Gala


March 5-8Day + NightLowell Celebrates Kerouac Tribute to Native Son Jack Kerouac
Moody Street Revisited
Lowell, Massachusetts
Amram gives a series of programs including All Roads Lead To Lowell, a survey of world music reflecting the poly-cultural past and present of Lowell in two concert-workshops for young people at the United Teen Equality Center • He will also be a speaker at the dedication of the Kerouac Corner at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell where Jack Kerouac read almost every book in their collection • Amram will also give a concert at th Sac Club, one of Kerouac's old haunts, in a program of some of the favorite music of Kerouac's youth, in a program called Moody Street Revisited, honoring the locale where the jazz luminaries of the 40's all performed when they came to Lowell • He will also lead a group of young musicians from Lowell as well as having veteran attendees of the annual festival read excerpts of Kerouac's work with musical accompaniment he will provide as he did when he began collaborating with Kerouac in the 1950s


March 20Remembering Steve Post
Symphony Space, Broadway and 95 Street, New York City
Amram will perform and speak about the legendary radio host who along with Bob Fasse helped to create free form radio in New York City and continued a distinguished career on the air waves for fifty years • His unique sense of humor and ability to improvise on the air, even when he worked for commercial radio, serve as a role model for today's broadcasters


March 27 An Evening for Connie Hogarth
Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY
The renowoned civil rights advocate, ecological activist, educator and tireless leader for human rights is being honored for her lifetime of commitment in helping to create a more compassionate and humanistic society • Amram is invited to perform a special piece for her as well as join with a group of other musicians and speakers who all have worked with her over the years


March 28 A Public Tribute for Robert Knight
Riverside Church, The Riverside Church Theater, New York City
Amram is invited to perform for an evening celebrating the unique life of journalist, scientist + broadcaster Robert Knight, whose brilliant radio programs for WBAI fm in New York are preserved and re-broadcast nation-wide • His vast knowledge of music from around the world and his understanding of the people and the cultures who created the music, as well as his scientific knowledge of the solar system and his ability to educate listeners, have set a new standard for radio • Today , there is a larger audience than ever for re-broadcasts of his iconic program Earthwatch/Five O'Clock Shadow


APRIL - 2015

April 6 • Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City
David Amram and his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) perform music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Alan Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac, whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity , and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries • This month’s special guest, singer /songwriter Alana Amram, will perform some of her latest songs


April 202015 Annual Legacies Award Gala
475 Riverside Drive • New York City
Amram has been chosen to receive this years award, hosted by LiLY (Life Force in Later Years) and Dick Cavett • The organization provides home care for elderly people in New York City in need of assistance • Amram is being honored for "his musical gifts, generous spirit and collaborations with over three generations of new artists" • He will perform with his children Adam and Adira Amram and special surprise guests


April 22The making of Amram’s Holocaust Opera The Final Ingredient
Community Church, 40 E. 35 Street, New York City
In 1965, eighteen years before the film Schindler’s List was screened in 1993, David Amram’s opera of the Holocaust The Final Ingredient was telecast nationally by ABC Network TV • It was re-broadcast nationally every Passover for four seasons • The opera was based on the true story of a group of prisoners in a concentration camp who found a way to celebrate Passover and was adapted as a libretto by poet and author Arnold Weinstein • Amram will discuss the challenges of creating this work for network television with composer Leonard Lehrman, the founder of this series.


April 24European Premier of Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk for unaccompanied French Horn
The American Church in Paris, 77 Quai D'Orsay, Paris, France
New York Philharmonic hornist Howard Wall performs the European premiere of Amram’s composition in a concert Masterpieces for Violin and Horn with violin virtuoso Elmira Darvarova, founder and artistic director of the New York Chamber Music Festival


April 25 • Hudson River Sloop Celebrates Earth Day
St. John’s Church Getty Square, Yonkers, NY
David Amram is the host, introducing and performing with West African musical master Abdoulay Diabaté and his musicians and dancers, The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and the Andean Agua Clara Ensemble from Peru, Ecuador and Chile • The evening will end with a traditional Kenyan Farewell song Kwahare with all the three ensembles participating with the audience singing in Swahili in a short traditional Kenyan chant taught to them by Amram


MAY - 2015

May 1Amram conducts the Tulsa Symphony in a performance of his new composition The Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa Oklahoma
Amram conducts the Tulsa Symphony in a performance of his new composition The Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie • Amram will conduct the Tulsa Symphony on May 1 in a free concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of Woody Guthrie’s iconic anthem "This Land is Your Land," which is the basis for Amram's new 32 minute symphonic composition, This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie - commissioned by the Guthrie family • The new CD of the symphony was recorded live in Denver Colorado with Amram conducting the Colorado Symphony and released by Newport Classic Recordings.


May 2-360 years in Greenwich Village
Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City
David Amram and his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) perform music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Alan Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac, whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity , and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries.


May 5-26 • At home in Beacon, NY • Amram orchestrates Greenwich Village Portraits for Alto Saxophone and Strings works on his fourth book David Amram, The Next 80 Years and organizes highlights of his major film scores from previously unreleased tapes for a new box set to be released in the U.K. this coming November of 2015 celebrating Amram’s 85th birthday


May 27 • Brooklyn College, Brooklyn NY • Amram will be awarded an Honorary Doctor of the Arts for his contributions as a composer, conductor and performer in bringing together the multi-cultural mosaic of the musical life of New York City over the last 60 years • He is also invited to be the keynote speaker for the graduating class of 2015


JUNE - 2015

June 1Sixty Years in Greenwich Village
Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village, NYC
David Amram Quintet performs classics of jazz, world music, Amram’s own compositions as well as music for Spoken Word recitations with poets Jose Pacheco, Lydia Cortez, vocalist Renee Manning and surprise guests • The evening celebrates the first-ever jazz-poetry readings done in NYC with Jack Kerouac and Amram in the Village in 1957, as well as Amram’s collaborations with musicians and artists of all genres over the last 60 years since his first appearance in the Village in the Fall of 1955 as a member of the Charles Mingus Quintet, at the old Cafe Bohemia, two blocks from the Cornelia Street Cafe • Amram’s quintet includes Kevin Twigg - drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart - bass, Adam Amram - congas and Elliot Peper - bongos


June 16Opening reception for the museum's new exhibition: Folk City: New York + the American Folk Revival
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NYC
This exhibition, accompanied by a companion book, examines the folk revival that emanated in New York City and spread across America and the world from 1935 to 1965 • The exhibit runs till November 29th, June 16, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Museum of the City of New York, New York City• Opening reception for exhibition of Gerde’s Folk City at 50 • Amram will attend the opening of this historic acknowledgement of Gerde’s Folk City as a cultural center which opened up the door for folk music of all varieties • Gerde’s Folk City was a major link in forwarding the acceptance and appreciation of indigenous music from around the world, as well as a place where a new generation of singer-songwriters changed the face of American popular music • Amram will comment on the variety of performers and styles of music which were created and shared during the historic cultural changes during the 1960s and how they continue world-wide today


June 19-21All-DayClearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Croton Point Park
Amram returns for the 16th time to the annual festival founded by Pete and Toshi Seeger • He will participate in the opening ceremonies in a tribute to Pete and Toshi, who awarded him the Pete and Toshi Seeger Annual Power of Song Award • He will also play for the annual Blessing of the River as well as the closing ceremony and present concerts and workshops with his son Adam Amram and daughter Adira Amram, and also perform with other artists on Saturday and Sunday


June 22Lead Belly, Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger's New York Folk Scene - concert with David Amram, Josh White, Jr., Tom Chapin, Happy Traum and Bethany & Rufus
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, NYC


June 26David Amram & The Amigos
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, NYC
Amram joins the innovative young band The Amigos for a workshop in conjunction with Lehigh University in a celebration of roots music of the Americas and the influence of these forms today as a source for classical composers and musicians of all genres to enhance their musical vocabulary • Amram leaves to fly to San Francisco later that afternoon


June 26-29Day + Night Still Beatific: The Enduring Values of the 1950s in 2015
Fort Mason Center, North Beach, San Francisco, California
Amram gives a series of concerts, seminars, hosts a screening of the classic 1959 short film Pull My Daisy for which he composed the jazz/chamber music score to accompany the narration by its author Jack Kerouac • He will also share with young people attending, first hand information about the influences which he and Kerouac shared, which are documented in letters and notes by Kerouac and so many others of their generation, but which remain under the radar of the Beat cliche • The classical music treasures from the works of Bach to Stravinsky, Poulenc, Bartok, Gershwin and Puccini as well as the poetry of Dylan Thomas, Hart Crane, Langston Hughes, Verlaine and Baudelaire, the paintings of El Greco, Renoir, de Kooning, Franz Kline, Joan Mitchell and Dody Müller and a treasure-chest of jazz, Latin, blues and country artists as well as all things French Canadian were huge influences on Kerouac’s work and everyday life • Amram will read short excerpts from his critically acclaimed book Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac to give first-hand information to young people attracted to Kerouac’s writing, sharing the yea-saying open hearted spirit of the era in which so much work of lasting value was created • Amram will also accompany anyone and everyone who wishes to share their talents with all in attendance • See below for the complete schedule of Amram’s three planned events which are definitely scheduled and open to all ages


June 27 Collaborating with Kerouac: Live Musical Performance with Storytelling
Fort Mason Center, North Beach, San Francisco, California
Since Kerouac + Amram’s first public jazz/poetry readings ever presented in NYC in 1957, the spirit of their 12 years of collaboration and friendship has continued up to the present time • Amram will share stories and music from the era of the 50s and his work with today’s new generation of artists from around the world who share the same open-ended spirit of collaboration that Kerouac and Amram did • Other speakers from earlier in the day will read highlights of Jack’s work with Amram’s music; Amram will also perform classics of Jazz, Latin, Native American and Global Music


June 28This is The Beat Generation with Jerry Cimino & David Amram - Storytelling, Poetry & Jazz
Fort Mason Center, North Beach, San Francisco, California
A fresh look at an old story, highlighting the work of enduring value and those who set the standards for us to try to become better artists and celebrate the spirit of sharing and creative thinking with all who crossed our paths


June 28Spontaneous Commotion: Inside the Chaotic Making of Pull My Daisy
Fort Mason Center, North Beach, San Francisco, California
David Amram hosts a screening and shares stories of the three weeks of crazy carousing and merry-making that became the classic silent film Pull My Daisy, filmed and directed by Robert Frank and Alfred Leslie • Kerouac free-styled the spontaneous narration and Amram composed the jazz/chamber music score as well as the title song with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg • The cast included poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, artists Peter Orlovsky, Larry Rivers and Alice Neal, French actress Delphine Seyrig and Amram himself playing Mezz McGillicuddy, the deranged French Hornist • Amram will also perform a scat version of the song "Pull My Daisy" and answer questions from attendees


JULY - 2015

July 6thAmram and his Quintet
Cornelia St Cafe • Greenwich Village New York
Amram and his Quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper bongos and Adam Amram. congas and percussion, perform classics of jazz and world music, celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy with Jack Kerouac's narration in which Amram also appeared as well as composing the score and co-writing the title song with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg • Friends from the theater and films like John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos often come and read from works of Jack Kerouac, who with Amram, pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity, and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries. Surprise guests also appear to perform


July 8-12Day and Night Woody Guthrie Music Festival
Okemah, Oklahoma
Amram returns for the 11th consecutive season to perform a concert at the Crystal Theater, as well as perform with songwriters John Fullbright, Radoslav Lorković, The Red Dirt Rangers and others * He also will provide music for the annual Oklahoma Poetry readings and giving a two hour presentation at the History Center, recounting his first meeting with Woody in 1956 and fifty years later completing composing This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie premiered in 2007 by Symphony Silicon Valley in San Jose and recorded with Amram conducting the Colorado Symphony in Denver Colorado in 2012. Amram will play his new recording of each variation and discuss how each reflects the venues Woody traveled from his birth place in Okemah throughout the country until his walks through the various neighborhoods of New York City in the early 1940s. He will also indicate how the theme appears and is developed and orchestrated in each variation, reflecting the cultural venue of each community honored in Woody’s travels.


July 12 • Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Amram leads a group of outstanding jazz artists from Tulsa in a tribute to Okmulgee Oklahoma’s master bassist Oscar Pettiford • Amram will recount he and fellow improvising jazz french hornist Julius Watkins performed, toured and recorded with Oscar’s big band from 1956-1958. Amram was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with Pettiford and his inclusion of jazz in his classical compositions, film and theater scores and pioneering work with author Jack Kerouac in New York City’s first-ever public jazz poetry readings in 1957.


July 19Dylan Perrillo 12-piece orchestra
Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs New York
Amram joins the Dylan Perrillo 12-piece orchestra as a guest soloist and leads his own program of the classics of world Music, jazz, and describes his meetings in Saratoga Springs when performing at the Café Lena with solo oboist John De Lancie of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1974, and how their meetings formed the basis of Amram’s work Trail of Beauty for solo oboe, mezzo-soprano and orchestra which was commissioned and premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Eugene Ormandy in 1977. Amram will also recount how Saratoga Springs and the Cafe Lena remain a perfect environment for bringing together the worlds of European classical music, jazz and global folkloric music together


July 20 Lincoln Center's Centennial Salute to Frank Sinatra
Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza New York City
Amram hosts the screening of Frank Sinatra’s classic film The Manchurian Candidate and describes his experiences as the composer of the score of the film in 1962 and the events that occurred following its release. Amram’s archive was acquired by the Lincoln Center Library of Performing Arts in 2013 and he will detail where to find materials archived by the Library in order to study the original manuscript of the score and correspondence with director John Frankenheimer • He will also discuss how the film, after being withdrawn from circulation in 1963, following the assassination of President Kennedy, was re-released in 1988, and how the original score - including outtakes - will finally be available November of 2015 as part of a box set of Amram’s music for films from 1956-2015


July 24-25 Putnam County 4-H Fair
Veteran’s Park, Carmel New York
Amram appears for the 31st consecutive year performing at the opening ceremonies, roasting corn and presenting a 3:00 PM concert with his quartet at the annual Putnam County 4-H Fair



July 25 Amram and his Quintet
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center, Tompkins Corners New York
Amram and his Quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper bongos and Adam Amram congas and percussion, perform classics of jazz and world music for the opening event of this new community cultural center which will serve all of Putnam County and surrounding areas as a venue for local artists and young people to have a place to study, perform and attend all-ages programs celebrating all the arts in a welcoming environment


July 28-August 13 concerts at ZKM in Karlesruhe
Karlsruhe Museucity of Karlesruhe Night
ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlesruhe Germany
Amram returns for the fourth year to ZKM in Karlesruhe for three concerts • The first concert, July 29 at 8 PM will be presented at the ZKM Kubis Hall with the European premieres of four of his classical chamber music compositions • The Violin Sonata will be performed by violinist Elmira Darvarova and pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek. Prelude and Scherzo for unaccompanied alto Saxophone, Finale from Ode to Lord Buckley and Greenwich Village Portraits, will be performed by classical saxophone master Kenneth Radnofsky and pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek • The second concert, July 30, 8:00 PM, will be presented at the ZKM Media Theater • Amram will conduct the KIT Orchestra in Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and three European premieres of his own orchestral works • The third concert, July 31 at midnight will be presented at The Pavillonour Pavillon with Amram soloing and leading a group of Germany's finest jazz artists in a free closing concert for KAMUNA - Karlsruhe Museucity of Karlesruhe Night - in a celebratory finale honoring the 300th anniversary for the city of Karlesruhe


AUGUST - 2015

Month of August • For the month of August, David Amram will be working full time composing three new classical pieces as well as editing and compiling material for his fourth book David Amram: The Next 80 Years • He will also be preparing the programming and schedules for nine events for the fall and winter, all of which celebrate his 85th birthday, which occur before and after the actual date of November 17, 2015


Month of August • For the month of August, David Amram will be working full time composing three new classical pieces as well as editing and compiling material for his fourth book David Amram: The Next 80 Years • He will also be preparing the programming and schedules for nine events for the fall and winter, all of which celebrate his 85th birthday, which occur before and after the actual date of November 17, 2015


SEPTEMBER - 2015

September 6 • Bradstock Annual Festival
1 Chet Swezey Center Moriches, NY
Amram returns for the fifteenth year to the annual family festival of music and art in Eastern Long Island • Amram’s sextette features Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper bongos, Robbie Winterhawk, percussion and Adam Amram, congas and percussion, perform classics of jazz and world music with special surprise guests joining them


September 7 Labor Day Special
Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village, New York
Amram and his Quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper bongos and Adam Amram. congas and percussion, perform classics of jazz and world music, celebrating Amram's sixty years in Greenwich Village, from his earliest collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 to his own music composed for symphony orchestras, operas, chamber music and the theater, including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy, with Jack Kerouac's narration in which Amram also appeared as well as composing the score and co-writing the title song with lyrics by Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg • Friends from the theater and films like John Ventimiglia of The Sopranos often come and read from works of Jack Kerouac, who with Amram, pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity, and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries • Surprise guests also appear to perform


September 17 • Stella Adler Studio of Acting • 31 West 27th St New York City
Amram returns, as the recipient of the Harold Clurman Spirit Award to present a program for student actors and members of the community, showing the relationship of formal composing, improvising and harmonious collaborations with artists of all genres • His quintet, with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper bongos and Adam Amram. congas and percussion, will be joined by singer-songwriter Janis Ian, poet and actor Anbessa Tawani and all the students who join to create a spontaneous dance at the end of the program • Amram will also play music from his collaborations with directors Elia Kazan and Harold Clurman as well as playwrights Arthur Miller, William Inge and Paddy Chayefsky


September 19Annual Farm Aid Concert
Chicago, Illinois
Amram joins Willie Nelson’s band for the twenty-third time at the annual fund-raiser for America’s family farmers


September 21United Way Award for Community Service in the Arts
187 Hill Street, Mahopac New York
Amram is being awarded for his years of contributions to the cultural life of Putnam County as a composer, performer and advocate for the arts


OCTOBER - 2015

October 10-12Day and NightLowell Celebrates Kerouac!
Lowell, Massachusetts
Classical saxophonist and soloist with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic Ken Radnofsky, pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek and violist Consuelo Sherba are confirmed for an evening performing Amram’s classical chamber music, in addition to Amram speaking and reading from his three books and leading programs related to his collaborations with Jack Kerouac which will include locals artists all performing together


October 15-17Day and Night Folk Music Ontario’s 29th Annual Conference
Westin Bristol Place, Toronto Canada
Amram will participate in a panel "Wisdom of the Elders" celebrating his 60 years of championing global roots of folk music and how they contribute to all forms of music; He will also play with a new generation of musicians at the conference and share the rudiments of the many worlds of music which he calls his home and discuss his years in Canada as a guest conductor of symphonies, multi-instrumentalist at folk, jazz, Native and world music festivals and how the Canadian concept of the mosaic as opposed to the American concept melting pot is the key for a new generation of acoustic music performers to help create a whole new musical environment for the world


October 17 • Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Bardavon Theater, Poughkeepsie NY
Amram is scheduled to speak, prior to the Philharmonic’s 2015-16 season opening concert, which will feature Amram’s THIS LAND: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie and Theme and Variations on Red River Valley For Flute and Strings • Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, will also speak about commissioning the piece to celebrate Woody’s 100th birthday


October 25The New York Philharmonic Ensembles
Merkin Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center 129, West 67th Street
The New York Philharmonic Ensembles series will begin on October 25, featuring works by Poulenc, David Amram, Rachmaninoff, Handel and Mendelssohn • Amram’s Trio for Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, and Bassoon will be performed by classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky, soloist with the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic, Kim Laskowski, bassoon and Howard Wall, horn, both members of the New York Philharmonic celebrating both Amram’s 85th birthday and his appointment 49 years ago when Leonard Bernstein chose him as the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever composer-in-residence for their 1966-67 season


October 28 + 29Annual Nuclear-Free Future Awards
The Rayburn House Office Building of the U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC
Austrian Embassy
Free and open to the public • David Amram and Paul Winter perform music in the House of Representatives, and at the Austrian Embassy on the 29th • The program honors people from around the world who have advocated a responsible use of Nuclear energy •


October 30Third Annual Benefit of the Kerouac Writers Residence of Orlando Florida
Joe’s Pub 425 Lafayette St, New York, NY Greenwich Village New York
David Amram and his Quintet will perform some of the music which he performed in the first-ever public jazz poetry readings with Kerouac in 1957, as well as "Pull my Daisy” the song which they wrote together. His quintet will also accompany actor John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos), poets Bob Holman and Frank Messina, and guitarist Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) as they read the works of Jack Kerouac. The evening will also feature guest speaker, author and biographer Joyce Johnson, and musical guest Tyrone Cotton • Proceeds will support the Kerouac Project of Orlando, Florida, home to more than 50 writers since 2000


NOVEMBER - 2015

November 2 60 years in Greenwich Village
Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City
David Amram and his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) perform music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac, whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity , and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries


November 12-15 Day and NightNorth East Regional Folk Alliance
Amram Day 85th Birthday Bash
Kerhonkson NY
After three days of performing and mentoring young musicians, Sunday afternoon Nov 15 from 2:30 until early evening, there will be an Amram Day 85th Birthday Bash, celebrating his lifetime of collaborations with musicians of all genres with a concert and jam session, including as many musicians as possible to give each of them a chance to shine • The event will be presented by the North East Regional Folk Alliance, which brings programs of live music to school children and encourages young singer-songwriters to continue to be creative, and celebrates the musical treasures of the past as well of as the exciting new music being created today


November 21David Amram Birthday Tribute
Lincoln Center Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York City
Amram conducts his Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for Flute and Strings in a free concert for the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts Library, who have recently acquired Amram’s complete archive • The program will also include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Alexander Wu and compositions by Copland and Stravinsky with the Millennium Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniela Candillari


November 21Amram Jam 85th Birthday Salute
Mark Morganelli’s Jazz Forum of the Arts Tarrytown, NY
Amram and his quintet will be joined by guest artists from the worlds of jazz, Latin, European classical, Native American and Middle Eastern music as well as global folk music • The concerts will also celebrate Morganelli and Amram’s musical collaborations over the past 40 years for Morganelli’s Jazz Forum of the Arts series


November 29BBC Radio 6 Music
Cerys Matthews Show
99 Great Portland Street, London UK W1A 1AA
Cerys Matthews Show - BBC On 6 • This is a LIVE BBC Radio show • Amram will appear from 10:30-11:30 am


November 29The Electric Carousel Cabaret Club
215 Piccadilly, London, St James's W1J 9HN
David Amram with Guy Barker & full band


November 30The Manchurian Candidate
ICA on The MALL, Institute of Contemporary Arts, 12 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH
Screening of the classic film The Manchurian Candidate followed by a Q&A with Amram, composer of the classic film score


DECEMBER - 2015

December 1Album launch
Ray's Jazz/Foyles Bookshop, 107 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DT
Amram will give 30 minute musical performance - including his signature song, "Pull My Daisy" - followed by a Q&A with the audience, and an autograph signing of the new box set in addition to his three books.


December 2+3David Amram Quintet
La Gitane Club, Bridge Street, Manchester, England
David Amram Quintet will perform two shows each night


December 785 years on the Planet 60 years in Greenwich Village
Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City
David Amram celebrates the beginning of his eighty-fifth year on earth and his sixtieth year of artistic adventures in the Village with his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) performing music from classics of jazz and world music celebrating Amram's collaborations with Charles Mingus and Dizzy Gillespie in 1955 as well as his own music composed for the theater including his score for Arthur Miller's After the Fall, his film scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Robert Frank's classic film Pull My Daisy for which novelist Jack Kerouac provided the narration and Amram composed the score, co-wrote the lyrics to the title song with Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg and also appeared in a cameo role • Friends from the theater and film like John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos) often come and read from works of Kerouac, whom Amram pioneered the first public jazz/poetry readings ever done in New York City beginning in 1957 • Amram also recounts stories of the artists of all genres he has known who have made Greenwich Village a hotbed of creativity and a role model for other cities to celebrate their own artistic visionaries


December 21Back To Where All Began, Amram At 85
Theater for the New City 155 1st Avenue, New York
Amram’s final 85th birthday event will be celebrated in the neighborhood where he lived for the first two years after he arriving in New York City 60 years ago in 1955 • Actress and producer Crystal Field, the founder of the Theater for the New City and Amram first worked together in Joe Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park in the late 50s and in 1960 for Elia Kazan in his classic film Splendor in the Grass • Amram has played every one of the 20 annual Festivals of the Lower East Side presented by the Theater for the New City, as well as receiving their Love and Courage Award

The first half of this 85th birthday celebration will include performances of Amram’s chamber music compositions with performances of the Finale of Ode to Lord Buckley, a saxophone concerto and Greenwich Village Portraits for alto saxophone and piano, whose three movements are dedicated respectively to Arthur Miller, Odetta and Frank McCourt • Both of these pieces are were composed for and premiered by saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, who will be joined by pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek

The Violin Sonata will be performed by Elmira Darvarova, the first woman to ever be concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the founder of the annual New York Chamber Music Festival • Blues and Variations for Monk for Unaccompanied Horn will be performed by the New York Philharmonic’s french horn virtuoso Howard Wall, composed in memory of Thelonious Monk, who was a mentor to Amram in the 50s, encouraging him to continue to pursue his path as both an improvising jazz french hornist and a composer of formal classical music • The Wind and Rain for viola and piano will be performed by Consuelo Sherba. The music, based on a score written for Joe Papp’s production of 12th Night in Central Park was later included in Amram's opera 12th Night, commissioned by the New York Shakespeare Festival with a libretto by Joe Papp

The second half of the gala evening will include Amram’s quintet, who will be joined by guest artists from the many worlds of music which Amram calls his home, as well as friends and collaborators from the theater, film and dance • There will also be readings from On the Road with music, which Kerouac and Amram pioneered in 1957 at the first-ever jazz poetry readings presented in New York City, a few blocks from where the Theater for the New City is located today • It was here in this same neighborhood that Amram also met Woody Guthrie in 1956, as well as the same year and same neighborhood where he met Kerouac and Joe Papp, so it is a perfect place to conclude the series of 85th birthday celebrations


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