David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-instrumentalist

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

2022 Calendar
David on Piano

JANUARY - 2022

January 4th • David Amram will be filmed for a new documentary. Subjects include recent concerts and his role as the Artist-Emeritus for the annual Village Trip Festival. At the festival he gives a walking tour of Greenwich Village from the 50s through today as well as playing jazz and global folk music. His classical chamber pieces are also performed at the festival.

January 12, 20227:00 EST • David is special guest for the entire Jim Masters TV Live Show. Watch at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQaWgwalcPI
Jim Masters is a multi-award-winning, TV & radio personality, host, presenter, journalist, actor, emcee, entertainer, voice talent, writer, executive producer, marketing & lifestyle expert and a motivational speaker seen and heard on national television, radio and multimedia. Including on PBS, CBS, NBC, ABC, CW, FOX Television and I Heart Radio.

(If you miss watching the show live, it will be available in the archives, just search YouTube for THE JIM MASTERS SHOW LIVE!)

January 14th 4:30 to 6:30NYC book launch for Matthew Mosely
Arthouse Hotel 2178 Broadway
David will be playing piano and speaking. Matthew Mosely, author and maritime swimmer,swam across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans to the other side of the lake while David accompanied him for 15 hours, playing piano aboard a small boat. A prize winning documentary film was made of his swim, which raised money for young people as well as to increase awareness in saving the Lake. Mosely is on a national tour for his new book Ignition.

Thursday, January 208 pm ESTPostmambo Movie Night presents Pull My Daisy (Robert Frank, 1959). We'll talk to the film's composer, David Amram, who sat next to Kerouac in the studio as he improvised the voice-over narration. David is still gigging at the age of 91! We'll talk with him about his scores for The Manchurian Candidate and Splendor in the Grass, his friendship with Thelonius Monk, his visit to then-forbidden Cuba on the path-breaking 1977 "jazz cruise," and lots more.

"Host Ned Sublette is the BEST scholar of jazz as far as the Afro-Cuban-Haitian-New Orleans connection as well as all roots musics" ... David Amram

MARCH - 2022

March 4thWorld Premiere of Amram's
Global Suite for Winds, Brass and Percussion
commissioned by the Harvard Wind Orchestra
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Free admission

March 12th • Private Event:
Gala Tribute to Jack Kerouac Centennial
Includes David and Adam Amram
Los Angeles, CA

Monday, March 14th7:30 - 11:30 • David Amram presents a 4 hour
Tribute to Jack Kerouac celebrating his Centennial at Zebulon Cafe Concert in West Hollywood.
2478 Fletcher Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90039
The extravaganza will feature Adam Amram and a bevy of poets, musicians and mystery guests. There will be a screening of Pull My Daisy, which Kerouac narrated and asked Amram to play the part of Mezz McGillicuddy, a deranged french horn player. Amram also composed the title song and a jazz-chamber music score for the film.
Amram will read from his book Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac and other guest artists will read from excerpts from Kerouac's On The Road in the spirit of Kerouac and Amram's first ever public jazz poety readings in NYC back in 1957.
$15 ticket

Fri, March 19, 2022Luna Theater, Lowell, MA
Acclaimed composer and jazzman David Amram– now in his 92nd year – will reflect on his days with Kerouac as he recounts them in his book Offbeat – Collaborating with Kerouac. There will also be a screening of the legendary and unforgettable Robert Frank/Al Leslie film, Pull My Daisy

March 22, 20227:30The National Arts Club
Presenting David Amram and Friends
He appears with an ensemble consisting of Kenneth A. Radnofsky on saxophone, Elmira Dararova on violin, Howard Wall on French horn, Thomas Weaver on piano, and Adira Amram as narrator. Together, they perform Amram’s compositions and chamber works.


APRIL - 2022

April 6thSpecial Tribute to Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie Center, Tulsa, OK
Amram will perform at this event
Details TBA https://woodyguthriecenter.org

April 8th • Amram performs at the Paladium in St. Petersburg, FL

Towne Crier 379 Main Street, Beacon NY
The Towne Crier Cafe and friends are making a community statement to show support for Ukrainians.. Several notable performers from the Mid-Hudson Valley have been confirmed, including David Amram, Tom Chapin, John Sebastian, Joe Louis Walker, and Vanaver Caravan. Proceeds will go to support military hospitals and civilians in Ukraine, as well as displaced children. Tables will only be reserved for dinner guests. Please call 845 855-1300

MAY - 2022

May 5-6 • David will be recorded reading Pat Fenton's new book
SEARCHING FOR HARRY CHAPIN'S AMERICA published by Heliotrope Books. The audiobook will be out in July, 2022.

May 7thJanis Ian Concert
New York Society For Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street, New York, NY

David will be a special guest playing with singer/songwriter Janis Ian

May 18 - 20The 2022 Folk Alliance International Conference
Kansas City, Missouri
David Amram, a Recipient of The Folk Alliance Lifetime Achievement will be performing and enjoying the conference

May 22New England Conservatory 151st Commencement
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Amram will awarded his 8th Honorary Doctorate, alongside other honorees,
James Taylor (who will deliver the commencement address at Jordan Hall) and and
Ella Jenkins, regarded as the “First Lady of Children’s Music.”
The ceremonies will take place in historic Jordan Hall and will be streamed on NEC’s website (necmusic.edu).
For info at:

May 27th, 2022Lower East Side Festival of the Arts
Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue New York, NY 10003

The 27th Annual Festival returns!May 27 - 29, Theater, Music, Dance, Video, Film, Poetry, Cabaret, Kids Stuff, Fun!
David will be performing with his son Adam Amram at 9:20
(1st Ave between 9th and 10th street)

JUNE - 2022

June 12th, 2022Kerrville Folk Festival Day 18
David Amram will be conducting the Symphony of the Hills on the final day of the 18 Day Kerrville Folk Festival. David's "Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for Flute and Strings," dedicated to Hondo Crouch, will be performed with soloist Meaman Meissenback, alongside other works by The Flyin' A's, The Texicana Mamas and Bobby Bridger.
The Kerrville Folk Festival will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Known for its celebration of the songwriter, David has been performing there since the 1970's. Aside from his stage appearances, he will be hanging out, jamming and appreciating all the great songwriters who attend the festival.

JULY - 2022

Amram's New Works • More work for the New Year includes:
* Working on composing and recording score for the film Laurina
* Composing two new chamber music compositions to be premiered in 2022
* Recording Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac as the first of three audible books
* Working film maker Lawrence Kraman and director Dillon Poole for the new documentary feature film Amram@90: Still a Promising Composer as a sequel to Kraman's prize winning feature doc David Amram: The 1st 80 Years.
* Completing Amram@90:Notes from a Promising Young Composer, his 4th book for publisher Routledge Francis/Taylor.

July 13 - 17Woodyfest 2022
Okemah, OK
A festival honoring Woody Guthrie in his hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma
David performs and jams every day of this iconic festival.


Sept. 43:30 - 4:30Bradstock 2022
Camp Pa Qua Tuck, Center Moriches, NY
Bradstock is a two-day multi-stage music and arts festival in its’ 29th year showcasing local performers & artisans.

September 10 -248:00 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
David Amram is the Artist Emeritus for this two-week-long festival that celebrates arts and activism in downtown Manhattan from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park, Sept. 10 to Sept. 24.

September 10thThe Village Trip Festival, New York City

Annual Opening Free Concert
2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
(Corner of 8th Street and McDougal)
David Amram Septet and Pianist Dave Keyes and guest artists

World Premier of Amram's
Ah, take me back to the Village
for mezzo-soprano and two classical guitars
8:00 - 9:00 pm
St Johns Church in the Village (218 West 11th St)
Also: Pull my Daisy Re-imagined
Featuring mezzo-soprano and twenty-two classical guitars And David Amram on percussion

September 11th3:00-5:00 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City

Classical Jack: Chamber music which inspired Kerouac
and chamber music inspired by him

St Johns Church in the Village (218 West 11th St)
Music of J.S.Bach, Claude Debussy ,Eric Satie and David Amram

New York Chamber Music Festival
Christ & Saint Stephen’s Church
120 W. 69th St.

David will be joined by hornists Phil Meyers and Howard Wall, former members of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Elmira Darvarova, the first woman concertmaster of the Metropolitan Orchestra, and outstanding chamber music soloists violist Ron Carbone and pianist/composer Thomas Weaver.
Here is the whole program:
AMRAM: Blues & Variations for Monk (PHILIP MYERS, horn)
AMRAM: Violin Sonata (ELMIRA DARVAROVA, violin & THOMAS WEAVER, piano)
SCHULLER: Duets for Unaccompanied Horns (PHILIP MYERS & HOWARD WALL, horns)
AMRAM: The Wind and The Rain (RONALD CARBONE, viola & THOMAS WEAVER, piano)
AMRAM: Excerpts from JACK KEROUAC’s “On the Road”, in honor of Kerouac’s centennial (DAVID AMRAM, piano & ADIRA AMRAM, narrator)

There is no charge for this event, but you need to register to reserve your seat:

September 16th7:00 – 8:15 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
Children of the American Bop (and Mambo) Night!
Joe's Pub (425 Lafayette Street)
David Amram and Bobby Sanabria perform jazz and Latin classics which influenced Kerouac and a whole generation

September 17thThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
Lunchtime Concert: Native American Portraits
1:15 – 2 pm
Anna Maria Kellen Concert Hall (235 East 11th Street, NY)
David Amram demonstrates traditional Native American musical idioms and instruments as a source of inspiration before the performance of his composition Native American Portraits for violin, piano and percussion.

Readings from On the Road with Music
3:00 – 5:15 pm
The Strand rare books room (828 Broadway at 12th St)
The David Amram Quartet
accompany artists reading from Jack Kerouac's On The Road

September 181.00 - 3:30 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
A Walking Tour with David Amram: Sixty-five joyous years in the Village
Washington Square Arch (Fifth Avenue & Washington Square North)
Memories of hanging out and collaborating with Jack Kerouac, Charles Mingus, e.e. cummings, Woody Guthrie, Dustin Hoffman, Anna Sokolov and the new voices that they still inspire today.
David’s alternate title for this unmissable ramble through time:
The Beatific Spirit of the Village: An oasis for lovers of Bach and Beethoven, Bartok and Bird, Bohemians and Beaudelaire, The Beatles and Borsht.

September 196:00 - 8:00 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
Jack Kerouac: THEN and NOW
Jefferson Market Library (425 Sixth Ave)
Holly-George Warren, Joyce Johnson, Anne Waldman and David Amram discuss the legacy and true value of Kerouac as an author of major distinction whose work has endured!

September 207:00 – 9:00 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
Now’s the Time! – An Evening with the David Amram Trio and Friends
Presented by La Sala de Pepe at The NUyorican Poets Cafe
Screening of the Kerouac narrated short film Pull My Daisy (featuring David Amram, and other Lower East residents Allen Ginsberg, Larry Rivers, Gregory Corso, and the film's director Alfred Leslie)
Film tribute to Charlie Parker

September 216:15 - 8:30 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
CHORDS OF FAME:A Salute to Phil Ochs
A tribute to the great poet-singer-songwriter
with Reggie Harris, Magpie, Our Band and David Amram. Emcee: Danny Goldberg

September 227:00 – 9 :30 pmThe Village Trip Festival, New York City
Charlie Parker & Stefan Wolpe
St John’s in the Village (218 W 11th St)
William Anderson invited David Amram to speak as well as to play Parker's Now's the Time
Charlie Parker was crucial to the development of bebop. Composer Stefan Wolpe fled the Nazis and settled in the Village, teaching avant-gardists and jazz musicians alike, forming a friendship with the jazz radical.

Sept. 24thFarm Aid 2022
Raleigh, North Carolina

David performs with the Willie Nelson and Family band at this all-day festival helping to keep family farmers on the land. David has been a featured performer at Farm Aid for 31 of its 37 years!

Sept. 27Can't Stop The Music
Panel Discussion and Concert
at The Jazz Kitchen
5377 N. College Avenue, Indianapolis, IN
sponsored by the Kurt Vonnegut Museum Library

OCTOBER - 2022

October 6 - 10Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival
Lowell, Massachusetts
David will join Jack Kerouac's hometown of Lowell, Massachusetts celebrating Jack in this year of Jack Kerouac’s 100th Birthday. There will be music, poetry and tours of Kerouac's most notable locations in Lowell.
On Friday, Oct. 7th, the David Amram Band with Adam Amram, Kevin Twigg, and Rene Hart will be performing 9-11 pm at 437 Market Street.
ON Sunday, October 9th, the Annual Amram Jam will take place 1:30-4:00 pm at The Old Worthen (141 Worthen Street).


Nov. 11 - 13
David Amram is keynote speaker at NERFA

David Amram, NERFA’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, will be one of the three people chosen to speak at the Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference Saturday night Saturday night November 12 in Asbury Park Amram will deliver his keynote address at the historic Stone Pony where Bruce Springfield began his storied career.

During Amram's three days at the conference, he will conduct workshops, play with young singer-songwriters, and encourage them to become familiar with the treasures of Jazz harmonies, Latin, African, & Middle Eastern rhythms, and explore the treasure chest of global folk roots and improvising words and music

David is no stranger to NERFA and is delighted to return to Asbury Park, NJ for their annual conference

https://nerfaconference.org/ for more info

Nov. 18-19
Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, NY
David's post-birthday concert with a few friends...

November 28th
Amram interviewed
for film about his collaborations with poet Langston Hughes when composing the Cantata Let Us Remember


Dec. 1st
The Falcon
1348 Rt. 9W, Marlboro, NY 12542
The David Amram Quartet @7:00

Dec. 3rd8:00 pm
The Annual David Amram concert
Selected Chamber Music Compositions

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003

An evening of Amram's prize-winning classical chamber music compositions over the last 65 years from his music for the opening night of the NY Shakespeare Festival in the Park in 1957 through his newest work Ah Let's Go back to the Village as just premiered for the Greenwich Village Trip Festival of the the Arts this past September of 2022.
Performers include:
alto saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, violist Consuelo Sherba, pianists Yoshiko Kline & Joan Forsyth, soprano Elizabeth Farnum, percussionists Scott Still & Adam Amram, violinist Inna Langerman, guitarists William Anderson & Oren Fader, The Sheer Pluck Guitar Orchestra, narrator Adira Amram, AND surprise special guests!

Dec.17th7:00 & 8:30
David Amram 92nd Birthday Celebration
Zinc Jazz
82 West 3rd Street,
New York, NY 10012

For more info, visit https://www.zincjazz.com.

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