David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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“He’s one of the most talented
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...Pete Seeger

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JANUARY - 2017

January 28:30-11:00 PMCornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village, New York City • 62 Years in Greenwich Village

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 83:00-4:00 PMNew School of New York. New York City

Winter Jazz Fest Tribute to Thelonious Monk on his 100th birthday. David Amram appears on a panel discussing his friendship and collaborations with the jazz master from 1955 until his passing, with Monk’s son T.S. Monk, journalist Bob Blumenthal, Cuban pianist and composer David Virelles and others, hosted by author Ashley Kahn.


FEBRUARY - 2017

January 9-February 4 • Composing day and night at home • Amram works on his new symphonic composition, Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra - due to be premiered in the Spring of 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan - while also completing a string orchestra version of his Greenwich Village Portraits for Alto Saxophone & Strings to be premiered in February of 2018 in a new orchestral setting with soloist Ken Radnofsky, the classical saxophone master who premiered this piece in its original version for saxophone and piano in 2014 • Both pieces will also be recorded in 2018


February 57:00-10:30 PMFalcon Center for the Arts, Marlboro, New York

The David Amram Quartet with Kevin Twigg drums and glockenspiel , Rene Hart bass, and Adam Amram congas and percussion perform classics of jazz, Latin and Native American music, Global music acquired by Amram in his decades of touring the world and his own compositions for the concert hall, film and the theater • Guest artists of all genres always join him as surprise guests • The concert will be filmed by prize-winning documentarian Michael Patrick Kelly, who is spending a year recording Amram’s various events for a new feature documentary film


February 68:30-11:00 PMCornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village, New York City • 62 Years in Greenwich Village

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.


February 76:30-10:30 PMThe Village Underground Greenwich Village New York City

Fundraiser for Sophie Gerson Healthy Youth • David Amram and Middle Eastern guitar and bouzouki virtuoso Aram Pengas headline a program featuring a young teen age dance group for the Bronx, mentored by the National Dance Institute’s outreach program, created by NDI’s founder Jacques D’Amboise, with whom Amram collaborated with for three years.


February 14-19Day and NightAnnual Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City, Missouri

Amram is awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in bringing roots music of global folk music and jazz into the all the arts as well as as integrating these musics into his classical concert compositions and his scores for films and the theater • He will also play with a variety of musicians and share his knowledge and experience with everyone in attendance • Guest artists also appearing are Kris Kristofferson, Ani DiFranco, Billy Bragg and hundreds of musicians from around the world.


February 207:30-9 PMLincoln Center, The Film Society of Lincoln Center's 17th Annual Film Comment Selects Series, New York City

Amram will participate in the screening of Anton Chekhov's The Harmfulness of Tobacco • The film was produced and directed in 1959 by actor Paul Newman, starred Michael Strong, and Amram composed and conducted the score • The only copy of the film has now been rediscovered after 58 years • Amram will participate in a panel discussion following the screening joined by the Actors Studio veteran director Jack Garfein and actress Lee Grant, recounting the independent creation by Paul Newman of the first film he ever directed and of the collaborative spirit of artists of all genre in the late 50s and how that spirit is reflected today by a new generation's adoption of Indie creations.


MARCH - 2017

Feb 21 - Mar 1 • Composing day and night at home • Amram works on his new symphonic composition, Double Concerto for Violin, Cello & Orchestra, to be premiered in the Spring of 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan while also completing a string orchestra version of his Greenwich Village Portraits for Alto Saxophone & Strings to be premiered in February of 2018 in a new orchestral setting with soloist Ken Radnofsky, the classical saxophone master who premiered this piece in its original version for saxophone and piano in 2014.


March 2 • Woody Guthrie Center explores future Tulsa/New York City collaborations • New York City • Deana McCloud, the executive director of the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa meets with supporters of the Center in New York City to plan future cultural and educational events • Amram will perform with Tom Chapin and others who also support this outstanding center for the arts in the state where Woody Guthrie was born, before he left for his years of travel and then made New York City his home.


March 4 and 51:00-5:00 PM • Documentary film about Gunther Schuller Beacon New York Amram is interviewed for a documentary film about his old friend and supporter from 1954 until his passing and will discuss their shared interest and incorporation of jazz and global music in their formal compositions and early attempts to one up the doors for all musicians to become aware of the treasures which jazz artists have bestowed upon all opus in the last 100 years.


March 68:30-11:00 PMCornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village, New York City

62 Years in Greenwich Village • 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.


March 98:00-10:00 PMTribeca Performing Arts Center of Borough of Manhattan Community College, 199 Chambers Street, NYC

Jack Kleinsinger - Highlights In Jazz 44th Anniversary Gala Awards David Amram as the musician of the year • Guest artists who will join his quartet include former awardees and old friends Paquito d’Rivera and Jimmy Heath, as well as bandleader leader Bobby Sanabria, pianist Norman Simmons, trombonist Earl Mcintyre, vocalist Rene Manning, and surprise guests. In addition to Paquito d’Rivera and Jimmy Heath, former awardees were Lionel Hampton Dizzy Gillespie, Maxine Sullivan, and Roy Eldridge • The series is the longest running jazz series in New York’s history and Amram is being honored for his pioneering work, along with that of fellow French Hornist Julius Watkins to bring the French Horn as an improvising instrument into the mainstream of jazz • Amram is also being honored for creating the first-ever public jazz/poetry readings ever presented in New York City with author Jack Kerouac • Amram is also being honored for his 29 years at the Brooklyn Academy of Music where he incorporated major jazz artists like Wynton Marsalis, Betty Carter, Paquito d’Rivera, Nina Simone and many others to perform as soloists with the symphony, as well as including jazz and global music in his presentations and in his formal symphonic and chamber music compositions and film scores.


March 128:00-11:00 PMIndian River Arts Series • A Night with David Amram Indian River Florida

Amram will read from his three books, recount his adventures with author Jack Kerouac and luminaries all the areas of music which he calls home from being Leonard Bernstein choice as the first ever composer in residence with the New York Philharmonic to his scoring of major motion picture films like Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate, his adventures all around the world, detailed composing two operas and conducting symphonies at Carnegie Hall, accompanying Floyd Red Crow Westerman at the Mikasossie all Indian Arts Festival, providing music for Johnny Depp’s memorial for author Hunter Thompson and performing with prisoners at Attica Prison • He will play music from many of the countries he has visited as well as songs of his own composed for films and the theater, classics from his Greenwich Village friends Phil Ochs, Thelonious Monk, Woody Guthrie and include one created on the spot, based on ideas suggested by the audience.


MAY - 2017

March 13-May 31Composing day and night at home

Amram works on his new symphonic composition, Double Concerto For Violin, Cello & Orchestra to be premiered in the Spring of 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan while also completing a string orchestra version of his Greenwich Village Portraits for Alto Saxophone & Strings to be premiered in February of 2018 in a new orchestral setting with soloist Ken Radnofsky, the classical saxophone master who premiered this piece in its original version for saxophone and piano in 2014.


JUNE - 2017

June 46:30-10:00 pmThe Jazz Kitchen - 5377 N College Ave, Indianapolis Indiana

Amram performs music he has composed over the past 65 years, with outstanding musicians from Indiana and his son Adam Amram, hosted by award-winning author and journalist Dan Wakefield. Wakefield and Amram have maintained a friendship since the 1950s and have collaborated over the years in films, seminars and concerts celebrating the rich heritage of the collaboration among artists of all genres which was a hallmark of New York City’s artistic life in post World War Two America. In two evenings of programs, based on the documentary film of Wakefield’s best selling book New York in the 50s. The opening evening concert will highlight jazz, world music classics and some of arm’s own compositions. The band of Indiana musicians will include popular young saxophonist and bandleader Sophie Fought, bassist Nick Tucker, drum master Kenny Phelps and Amram's son, percussionist Adam Amram. Amram and Wakefield will also give selected readings with jazz accompaniment, as pioneered by Amram and Jack Kerouac in the 1950s for the first jazz poetry readings ever done in NYC. They will include excerpts from Kerouac, Wakefield, James Baldwin and Amram’ own writings, all accompanied with music • This show is sold out

Amram will be a special guest of Dan Wakefield's popular radio show Uncle Dan’s Story Hour, Amram will recount the continuing adventures of his life as an 86 year old still touring the world and including his everyday experiences in his formal classical composition and books as well as his excursions into spontaneous improvised music of all genres and scat-rap and free-styling lyrics in several languages. He will also recount highlights of his trips to Indiana from 1952 when as a soldier stationed in Camp Breckinridge Kentucky he first visited Indianapolis at the legendary Indiana Avenue jazz clubs and how he returned years later, guest conducting the Indianapolis Symphony at Conner Prairie, playing Farm Aid with Willie Nelson at the Hoosier Dome and performing at the Indianapolis Museum when the original scroll of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was exhibited there with the support of its owner James Irsay. And provide highlight of sixty+ years of friendship and collaborations with Dan Wakefield


June 1212-6 pm • Rehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya • At the invitation of Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons, Amram, in addition to providing music, will appear in Chekhov’s classic play in the role of Ilya Ilitch Telegin, joining the cast of outstanding actors who are all members of the Actors Studio. After almost seventy years of composing music for theatrical productions of classic dramas for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Repertory Theater and Broadway, as well as for feature films, and admiring the work of several generations of world-class theatrical performers, this will be Amram’s debut as an actor, in a production to be presented for the public in October of 2017.


June 162:00-4:00 pmActors Studio

Performance for Actor’s Studio members of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya • At the invitation of Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons, Amram, in addition to providing music, will appear in Chekhov’s classic play in the role of Ilya Ilitch Telegin, joining the cast of outstanding actors who are all members of the Actors Studio. After almost seventy years of composing music for theatrical productions of classic dramas for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Lincoln Center Repertory Theater and Broadway, as well as for feature films, and admiring the work of several generations of world-class theatrical performers, this will be Amram’s debut as an actor, in a production to be presented for the public in October of 2017.


June 167-11 pmAnnual Friday Night Summer Sail for Clearwater Festival • Amram will join Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Josh White Jr, Guy Davis and other Clearwater performers for the annual benefit evening sail with dinner aboard as well as music to kick off the Festival.


June 17 - 18All DayAnnual Clearwater Festival Croton Point, NY

All day and night • From the opening of the festival at 11 am for the yearly prayer held at the main stage, where Amram and Native American Joanne Shenandoah perform the opening ceremony until the final event where Amram, Margot Thunderbird, Josh White Jr and others play for the closing Blessing of the River, Amram performs through both days in a myriad of events including tributes to Leonard Cohen, Pete and Toshi Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Oscar Brand, the members of the Standing Rock community, a concert with Josh White Jr and Amram's Quartet and other events TBA.


June 206:30 pmBoston University’s Tanglewood Institute • Trinity Church, 88 Walker St., Lenox, MA

The Amram Ensemble (violinist Elmira Darvarova, saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky and pianist Thomas Weaver) will perform David Amram's composition: Three Lost Loves, based on fictional characters created by authors Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Jack Kerouac. It was commissioned by Ken Radnofsky, Elmira Darvarova and the New York Chamber Music Festival, for the newly formed Amram Ensemble. Three lost loves will be recorded by the Amram Ensemble in Boston as part of a new all-Amram CD for the New York Chamber Music Festival, who have chosen him as their composer-in-residence for this year • This June 20th program for the Tanglewood Institute will include oboist Ben Fox and others in an evening of Amram’s chamber music.


June 21 -27 • Amram works around the clock on his new composition Partners, a Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra.


JULY - 2017

June 28-July 1Aaron Copland School of Music Queen s College NY

Mornings and afternoons • Amram returns for the fifth year as a guest composer-conductor for the annual International Conductor’s Workshop under the direction of its founder Maurice Peress. Amram’s Kokopeli. a Symphony in Three Movements, will be performed by twenty young conductors from around the world who attend this unique event.


July 42-7 pmCornelia Street Cafe Street Fair

Greenwich Village • Amram’s quartet and friends headline the Cafe’s 40th Anniversary concert outdoors celebrating both Independance Day and the Cornelia Street Cafe’s four decades of their dazzling variety of shows, emblematic of the rich history of Greenwich Village as a joyous community of artistic expression, which continues to flourish today in spite of the outrageous rents which have forced the closing of many small businesses. A family event, where people of all ages are welcome.


July 66:00-8:00 pmJoe’s Pub LaGuardia Place, New York City

Amram joins Richard Barone’s touring concert series in an evening celebrating songwriters of the 1960s, in Greenwich Village fifty years ago, Included in the program are songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Janis Ian, Lou Reed, John Sebastian, Paul Simon, Phil Ochs, Eric Anderson, Tim Hardin, Richard Farina, Fred Neil and other luminaries.


July 107:00-11:00 pmBlue Door, Oklahoma City. Oklahoma

Amram performs roots music of Western Swing, Native American social songs, classic jazz and all the forms for musical expression which are unique to Oklahoma’s rich and varied musical culture by Amram highlights his association with Woody Guthrie in 1956 and how these musical cultures influenced his recently recorded classical orchestral work This Land: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie • Amram will play with a group of Stellar Oklahoma artists chosen by Terry Buffalo Ware who are billed as the Okie Geniuses. They will also perform together in other programs during the following week for WoodyFest in a festival honoring Woody Guthrie’s legacy.


July 11-16Day and NightWoody Fest, Day + Night, Okemah Oklahoma

Amram returns for the thirteenth consecutive year to perform with scores of musicians in addition to his own concert and accompany readings by Oklahoma poets and discuss his own experiences with Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger in 1956 and the enduring value of global folk roots in all the arts


July 23 • Mountain Stage concert, filming and recording for National Public Radio at Charleston Culture Center, Day + Night, Charleston West Virginia • Amram performs American roots music, as well as songs by Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and his own "Pull My Daisy" co-written with lyrics by Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady and Allen Ginsberg. He will also accompany other artists, celebrating music by Jimmy Cliff. His interview for Charleston’s classical station may be accessed by clicking here.


AUGUST - 2017

July 24-August 10Day and Night • St. Augustine, Florida, Day + Night • Composing and orchestrating Partners, A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra • This new work will be premiered in 2018 by soloists Jolyon Pegis and Maria Schleuning • The three sets of partners honored in each of the three movements are Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Billie Holiday and Lester Young and for the last movement Machito and Celia Cruz • Amram knew all six of the artists honored and will use their friendship and egalitarian spirit as the basis of the concerto and not orchestrate what they already did so perfectly • Five orchestras are already scheduled to perform it.


August 127:30-10:30 pmStony Brook, Long Island New York, The Jazz Loft

The Amram Quartet performs classics of jazz, World Music and arm’s own compositions for theater, films and songs of folk masters and his collaborations with author Jack Kerouac • The ensemble includes drummer -glockenspiel virtuoso Kevin Twigg, bassist Rene Hart and percussionist Adam Amram.


August 148:30-11:00 pmGreenwich Village, NY Cornelia Street Cafe

The Amram Quartet performs classics of jazz, world music, special guests will include legendary jazz singer Yolande Bavan, from Lambert, Hendricks and Ross and surprise guests from the theater reading excerpts from Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, celebrating the first ever public Jazz/poetry readings in NY presented by Kerouac and Amram in 1957 in Greenwich Village. There will also be musical accompaniment created by Amram for the poetry of Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and Dylan Thomas.


August 18-20Day and NightSchwenksville, Pennsylvania, Old Poole Farm The Philadelphia Folk Festival

Amram appears at the festival for the 14th time since 1974 as a featured performer in a concert on the main stage with his quartet as well as workshops demonstrating the folkloric roots of Global music and their influence on all genres of music today, infusing his own symphonic compositions • He will perform using most of his 35 instruments and share global rhythms with the audience participating as well inviting old and new friends to join him on stage. His quartet (in addition to mystery guests) includes drummer - glockenspiel virtuoso Kevin Twigg, Bassist Rene Hart and percussionist Elliot Peper.


August 23-25Day and NightNewport, Rhode Island

Amram performs with his Trio with Kevin Twigg and Rene Hart as well as hosting a screening of Lawrence Kraman’s documentary feature film David Amram The First 80 Years • Kraman also issued Amram’s symphonic compositions on four different CDs on Newport Classic • Recordings, and some of the compositions are documented in the film • Amram will also lead an Amram Jam to celebrate Newport’s leadership in supporting jazz and classical music for the past 70 years as a way of building a community through celebration of the arts.


August 27 7:00-9:00 pmBeacon, NY, The Town Crier

Amram joins Richard Barone, The Kennedys, Steve Abbado + other outstanding performers in a musical tribute celebrating the enduring work of the gifted singer-songwriters of the 50s and 60s in Greenwich Village who helped to create a world-wide interest in a new way of writing and performing songs that have influenced a new generation to do the same in their own way • Richard Barone has made a new CD of these marvelous songs and all the participants at the tribute concert, including Amram, performed on the recording.


SEPTEMBER - 2017

August 28-Sept 1Beacon, NY + St. Augustine, Florida

Amram will be composing around the clock for his new composition, Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra • The three sets of musical partners honored in the three movements of this new concerto are Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, Lester Young and Billie Holiday, and Machito and Celia Cruz • The concerto will be premiered and recorded in 2018 and five orchestras have already scheduled performances of it.


September 3 3:00-4:00 pmAnnual Bradstock Music Festival Center, Moriches, Long Island, NY

Amram and his quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, Bass, Elliot Peper, bongos and special guest Robbie Winterhawk, congas and Latin percussion play a program celebrating classics of jazz, Latin, Middle Eastern and Native American music as well as Amram’s own compositions and iconic songs by Woody Guthrie, Phil Ochs and readings of Jack Kerouac with music • The festival raises money for young people who live in Suffolk county Long Island to enable them to study the arts and participate in events which they themselves create.


Sept 4 8:30-11:30 pmLabor Day, Salute Celebrating 62 years Greenwich Village, Cornelia Street Cafe, Greenwich Village NY

Amram’s quartet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper, bongos and Adam Amram,congas,play music celebrating Amram’s 62 years of performing and composing music since 1955 when he moved to New York • This program celebrates his musical associations in Greenwich Village with musicians Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito d'Rivera and Odetta, writers Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, songwriters Phil Ochs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, authors Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes and from the world of theater and film, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Joe Papp and Estelle Parsons. Often, guest artists from all genres of the arts sit in spontaneously and perform with the band, honoring the free-wheeling, wide-open inclusive spirit that defined Greenwich Village in the 50s as a hotbed of creativity.


September 6-15 • Amram hides out to compose Beacon, NY, Day and Night • Amram completes the first draft of his orchestration for the first two movements of his newest symphonic composition Partners: A Double Concerto for violin, cello and piano • Scheduled for a World Premiere and recording in the Fall of 2018, there are already subsequent performances by five other orchestras • Partners is a three movement work with each movement celebrating the partnership of six iconic musicians, all of whom Amram knew • The three sets of partners for the three movements of the concerto are Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Lester Young and Billie Holiday and Machito and Celia Cruz • Amram begins work on the final movement of the concerto.


September 15-18Day and Night • Annual Farm Aid Concert, Pittsburgh, PA, Day and Night • Amram returns to Farm Aid for the 25th time to perform as a guest artist with Willie Nelson and his band, since first appearing at Farm Aid III thirty years ago in Lincoln Nebraska • On Sept 15, Amram attends Farm Aid Eve, as the recipient of the first annual Spirit of Farm Aid Award • Sept 16, he performs with Willie Nelson and other artists as well as doing interviews for Sirius Radio, the Smithsonian Institute and performs with young musicians who invite him to participate with them.


September 187:00 -9:30 PMThe Stella Adler Studio for Acting, New York City

The Amram Ensemble performs an evening of Amram’s classical chamber music. The annual Harold Clurman Festival of the Arts presents the Amram Ensemble with violinist Elmira Darvarova, saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, pianist Thomas Weaver and special guest Howard Wall of the NY Philharmonic • The evening will highlight the interpretive gifts of these these outstanding soloists in a FREE concert, prior to a recording of Amram's works for a CD to be issued by Toccata Classics Recordings • Violinist Elmira Darvarova, the first woman to be ever chosen as the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, international soloist, recording artist + founder of the New York Chamber Music Festival is producing the recording as well as performing and will be joined by the co-founder of the Amram Ensemble, Kenneth Radnofsky, the classical master saxophonist, known as the Segovia of the classical saxophone, and pianist/composer Thomas Weaver, recently appointed professor at the Curtis Institute of Music • The musicians will also answer questions from the audience after the concert about what it is like to be a classical musician in today’s world and discuss the relationship of the classical performance of music where the musicians must bring to life the notes written on the score by the composer for a concert and the actors role of bringing to life the words written on paper the playwright for the stage • Amram will host the concert and discuss how he composed each piece.


September 217:30-10:00 pmSony Pictures Classics New York Premiere of Mark Felt-The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Sony Pictures Classics New York Premiere of Mark Felt-The Man Who Brought Down the White House • As a new member of AMPAS, Amram is invited to see this new film, hosted by writer/director Peter Landesman and actor Liam Neeson


September 239:00 -11:00 pm • Sony Pictures Classics New York Premiere of Mark Felt-The Man Who Brought Down the White House

Guest artist with Particle Kid (J. Micah Nelson) Quinns Main Street Beacon New York

As a new member of AMPAS, Amram is invited to see this new film, hosted by writer/director Peter Landesman and actor Liam Neeson


September 244:00-6:00-pmA Memorial Tribute to the Weaver’s co-founder Fred Hellerman Merkin Hall New York City

Amram joins Peter Yarrow, Noel Stookey, Tom Chapin, The Chapin Sisters, David Bernz & Work of the Weavers and others in tribute to the life and music of one of the most influential and dedicated musicians whose work with the Weavers and an ambassador for peace and justice for all set the stage for today’s singer songwriters.


September 26 7:30 PMBoston premiere and recording of Amram’s chamber music composition Three Lost Loves, Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music, Boston Massachusetts


In addition to the Boston premiere of Amram’s Three Lost Loves, saxophone master Kenneth Radnofsky faculty recital at Jordan Hall will include two premieres by fellow composers Jakov Jakoulov and Lyle Davidson • Three Lost Loves is based on characters in books by authors Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Jack Kerouac • It was commissioned by Kenneth Radnofsky and Elmira Darvarova and premiered in Karlsruhe Germany and became the reason why Radnofsky and Darvarova decided to form the Amram Ensemble • With the young pianist and composer Thomas Weaver, (professor at the Curtis Institute of Music), the Amram Ensemble, in conjunction with Elmira Darvarova New York Chamber Music Festival, is performing internationally • Three Lost Loves is being recorded in Boston as part of an all-Amram CD of chamber works to be issued, produced by Elmira Darvarova for Toccata Classical Recordings to be released in 2018.


September 28-30 • Actor’s Studio rehearsals of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, directed by Oscar-winning Estelle Parsons Actors Studio New York Day and night • Estelle Parsons Co-Artistic Director of the Actors Studio chose Amram to provide music and to appear as an actor in the role of Telegin in her production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya • There will be a two-week run at the Actors Studio in the first two weeks of November • In a recent interview, Amram stated that after 65 years of composing music for the theater, it is a special thrill as well as an honor for him to be a member of a cast of such distinguished and accomplished actors.


OCTOBER - 2017

Month of OctoberDuring the entire month of October, between events listed, Amram is composing the final movement of Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra to be premiered in 2018 and subsequently performed by five orchestras


October 28:30-11:30 pm Celebrating 62 years Greenwich Village Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village NY

Amram’s quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper, bongos and Adam Amram,congas, play music celebrating Amram’s 62 years of performing and composing music since 1955 when he moved to New York • This program also celebrates his musical associations in Greenwich Village with musicians Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito d'Rivera and Odetta, writers Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, songwriters Phil Ochs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, authors Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes and from the world of theater and film, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Joe Papp and Estelle Parsons • Often, guest artists from all genres of the arts sit in spontaneously and perform with the band, honoring the free-wheeling, wide-open inclusive spirit that defined Greenwich Village in the 50s as a hotbed of creativity.


October 5-8Day and NightAnnual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival Lowell Massachusetts, Day and Night.

As one of the very last active members of what was branded as "The Beat Generation", Amram always includes in his symphonic, chamber music, jazz, folk and world music programs his collaborations with Lowell’s native son, author Jack Kerouac.

As Kerouac’s musical collaborator, Amram co-led the first public Jazz/Poetry readings ever done in New York City in the Fall of 1957. At the Festival in Lowell, Amram and his Quartet, with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, and Adam Amram, congas, play music celebrating classics of jazz, world music and compositions of Amram which Kerouac was most fond of • Amram also accompanies readings of Kerouac’s writings, hosts a screening of the Kerouac-narrated film Pull My Daisy in which he appeared as well as scoring the soundtrack, speaks at various events and concludes the festival with his annual Amram Jam, where anyone and everyone is invited to perform a work of their own, accompanied by the quartet. This is a free event and open to all ages.


October 102 pmInterview with Ken McCarthy of Jazz on the Tube Beacon, New York

Amram will be interviewed by Jazz on the Tube’s Kevin McCarthy about his involvement with Afro-Cuban , Caribbean and indigenous music of Latin America since 1950, and discuss how all these forms of music are now an influence today for all listeners as well as musicians of every genre • McCarthy’s own research and documentation of some of the treasures from these various cultures are an invaluable treasure to enable viewers from around the world to see as well as hear so much music which has survived the test of time, and remains classical as well as inspirational to everybody


October 131-6 pmActor's Studio Rehearsal of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Actors Studio New York

Oscar Winning actress Estelle Parsons, Co-Artistic Director of the Actors Studio chose Amram to provide music and to appear as an actor in the role of Telegin in her production of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya • There will be a two-week run at the Actors Studio in the first two weeks of November • In a recent interview, Amram stated that after 65 years of composing music for the theater, it is a special thrill as well as an honor for him to be a member of a cast of such distinguished and accomplished actors.


October 228:00 pmNew York Shakespeare Festival’s Opening Preview of Richard Nelson’s Illyria, Joe's Pub New York City

Amram attends the performances of a new play built on actual events which occurred in 1958, the second year of Joe Papp’s Free NY Shakespeare Festival. The real life characters portrayed in the new play by Richard Nelson include the then 27-year old Amram,who was Papp’s composer for the first twelve years of the Festival • He will be portrayed on stage fifty nine years later by actor Blake DeLong


October 234-7 pmRehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya Actors Studio New York

Benefit for Puerto Rican families decimated by the Hurricane Poisson Rouge Greenwich Village New York 8-11 PM • Amram appears as a special guest soloist with Bobby Sanabria’s award -winning Afro-Cuban Ensemble in a fundraiser to help the families of fellow citizens from Puerto Rico who are now trying to rebuild their homes and their lives.


October 297:30-11:00 pm • 80th Birthday Concert celebrating the life and legacy of Tom Paxton Pace University New York City 7:30-11:00 pm • Amram joins Steve Earle, Tom Chapin, the Chapin Sisters, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, and others in a musical salute to one of America’s greatest living songwriters


NOVEMBER - 2017

November 27:00-10:00 pmDress Rehearsal and Opening night for Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya Actors Studio, New York City

The final dress rehearsal of Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, directed by Oscar-winning Estelle Parsons, co-artistic director of the Actor’s Studio is from 2-5 pm • The opening night performance is 7:00-10:00 pm • This is the first of ten FREE public performances of Uncle Vanya. Amram was chosen by Estelle Parsons to provide music as well as act in the Russian classic in the role of Telegin.


November 68:30-11:30 pmCelebrating 62 years Greenwich Village Cornelia Street Cafe Greenwich Village NY

Amram’s quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper, bongos and Adam Amram,congas, play music celebrating Amram’s 62 years of performing and composing music since 1955 when he moved to New York • This program also celebrates his musical associations in Greenwich Village with musicians Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito d'Rivera and Odetta, writers Jack Kerouac, Frank McCourt and Langston Hughes, songwriters Phil Ochs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and from the world of theater and film, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Joe Papp and Estelle Parsons • Often, guest artists from all genres of the arts sit in spontaneously and perform with the band, honoring the free-wheeling, wide-open inclusive spirit that defined Greenwich Village in the 50s as a hotbed of creativity. This night, as a prelude to Amram’s 87th birthday. trumpeter David Schneck will perform the chamber music version of the third movement of Amram’s concerto Travels for Trumpet and Orchestra.


November 71:00-2:00 PMAmram is chosen as keynote speaker and performer for the Music Educators Annual Conference, Smithtown, Long Island

For his keynote address "Global Musical Roots As a Gateway For A Richer Life," Amram will demonstrate some of his 35 instruments from various countries and describe how a life of traveling around the world as a multi-instrumentalist, improvisor, and classical composer and conductor has enriched his life and enabled him to share the knowledge he acquired with others.all of which provide information for music educators
Hw will be joined by the members of his quartet Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, and Adam Amram, congas


November 84:00-8:00 PMNew recording produced by Elmira Darvarova of Amram’s classical Chamber Music Mount Vernon New York

Elmira Darvarova, the first woman ever to be concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the founder of the New York Chamber Music Festival is producing as well as soloing in a second CD she has created of Amram’s classical chamber music. Following the recent recording in Boston of Three Lost Loves For Alto Saxophone, Violin and Piano, this first session in New York will include Sonata for Violin and Piano, Elegy for Violin and Piano and three excerpts with musical accompaniment drawn from Jack Kerouac’s novel On the Road • The words of Kerouac will be narrated by Estelle Parsons and Adira Amram with Amram playing the piano


November 912:00-4:00 PM • Completion of new recording of Amram’s classical chamber music. Mt. Vernon, New York, 12:00-4:00 PM • Elmira Darvarova and outstanding musicians she has chosen will record Portraits for Piano Quartet and The Wind and The Rain for Viola and Piano • The new CD will be released by Toccata Classical Recordings


November 9-17Performances of Uncle Vanya at the Actors Studio, New York City


November 17 + 187:00 PM-1:00 AMAmram’s 87th Birthday Bash at The Jazz Forum at 1 Dixon Lane, Tarrytown, NY

Amram and the the Jazz Forum’s founder Mark Morganelli have celebrated Amram’s birthdays with Amram Jams for the last 37 years. Amram Amram quintet with Kevin Twigg, drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Elliot Peper, bongos and Adam Amram,congas,will be joined by guitarist Vic Juris, trombonist Earl McIntyre, vocalist Renee Manning, trumpeter Mark Morganelli, actress Adira Amram and musicians, actors and dancers for two nights of spontaneous merrymaking


November 20-30 • Amram in seclusion composing last movement of Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, Day and Night • Amram works around the clock on the final movement of Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra, due to be premiered in the Fall of 2018 in Ann Arbor Michigan and scheduled for subsequent performances by five orchestras


DECEMBER - 2017

December 1st8:00-10:00 PMCelebrating Walt Whitman Walt Whitman Birthplace Association 246 Old Walt Whitman Road Huntington Station NY

Amram will discuss Walt Whitman's influence on arts in America and overseas, his influence on Jack Kerouac and the lyric artists of today's generation. and conclude with a live recording of the finale of his critically acclaimed cantata A Year in Our Land (The Four Seasons In America), for soloists, chorus and orchestra, conducted by Amram, which uses the text of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass. Amram will also read excerpts from his own three books, and lead a jam session with local musicians, followed by a brief a Q & A with the audience, and a book signing. This is an all ages event with members of the community participating prior to the event.


December 38:00-10:00 PMHudson Valley Jazz Salute for David Amram's 87th Birthday • The Falcon Arts Center 1348 Route/9W Marlboro NY, Tel 845-236-7970)

Amram leads his quintet with Kevin Twigg(drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas)


December 48:30-11:00 PMA Greenwich Village Farewell To 2017: Sixty Two Years in New York City • Cornelia Street Cafe New York

Amram’s quintet with Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas), play music celebrating Amram’s 62 years of performing and composing music since 1955 when he moved to New York • This program also celebrates his musical associations in Greenwich Village with musicians Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D'Rivera and Odetta, writers Jack Kerouac, Frank McCourt and Langston Hughes, songwriters Phil Ochs, Jerry Jeff Walker, Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie, and from the world of theater and film, Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Joe Papp and Estelle Parsons. Often, guest artists from all genres of the arts sit in spontaneously and perform with the band, honoring the free-wheeling, wide-open inclusive spirit that defined Greenwich Village in the 50s as a hotbed of creativity.


December 11 8:00-11:30 PMThird Annual Amram Birthday Bash • Theater for the New City, 151st Ave (between 9th and 10 streets), New York City,

The first half of the program will be four of Amram’s classical chamber music compositions • The featured piece on the first half of the evening will be Three Lost Loves for violin, alto saxophone and piano , based on romances of characters in the novels of Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston and Jack Kerouac • The soloists are violinist Elmira Darvarova, saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky (both of whom commissioned the piece) and pianist Thomas Weaver. Three Lost Loves was recently recorded in Boston as the highlight of a new CD of Amram’s classical chamber music compositions, produced by Elmira Darvarova.

Special guest artist Howard Wall, french hornist with the New York Philharmonic, will perform Amram’s Blues and Variations for Monk • The second half of the night will be an Amram Jam with Amram’s jazz quintet with Kevin Twigg,Rene Hart, Adam Amram and Elliot Peper, joined by Jazz virtuoso trombonist Ken Mcintyre, vocalist Renee Manning,Israeli bazookie and guitar soloist Avram Pengas, plus surprise guest luminaries from the worlds of Latin, folk, jazz, and Native American music • There will also be readings by friends from the theater and films of Jack Kerouac's prose with music, which Kerouac and Amram pioneered for the first-ever public jazz & poetry readings presented in New York City in 1957, and other surprises.


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