David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist






David Amram started his professional life in music as a French Hornist in the National Symphony Orchestra (Washington, D.C.) in the early 1950s, as well as playing French horn in the legendary jazz bands of Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. Appointed by Leonard Bernstein as the first Composer In Residence for the New York Philharmonic in 1966, he also composed the scores for the films Pull My Daisy (1959), Splendor In The Grass (1960) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). He composed the scores for Joseph Papp's Shakespeare In The Park from 1956-1967 and again worked with Papp on the comic opera 12th Night in 1968. He also wrote a second opera, The Final Ingredient, An Opera of the Holocaust, for ABC Television in 1965.

From 1964-66, Amram was the Composer and Music Director for the Lincoln Center Theatre and wrote the score for Arthur Miller's play After The Fall (1964). A prolific composer for over 50 years, his most recent symphonic compositions include This Land, Symphonic Variations On A Song By Woody Guthrie (2007), commissioned by the Guthrie Foundation and recently performed by the Colorado Symphony with Amram conducting and recorded by Newport Classics in 2015; Giants of the Night (2002) commissioned and first premiered by flutist Sir James Galway; Kokopeli, A Symphony in Three Movements (1995), premiered by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra with Amram conducting; and Three Songs, A Concerto for Piano and Orchestra (2009). He has also collaborated as a composer with Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Eugene Ormandy, Langston Hughes and Jacques D'Amboise and as a musician with Thelonious Monk, Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Betty Carter, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Paquito D’Rivera and Tito Puente.

In 1957, he created and performed in the first ever Jazz/Poetry readings in New York City with novelist Jack Kerouac, a close friend with whom Amram collaborated artistically for over 12 years. Since the early 1950s, he has traveled the world extensively, working as a musician and a conductor in over thirty-five countries including Cuba, Kenya, Egypt, Pakistan, Israel, Latvia and China. He also regularly crisscrosses the United States and Canada. Amram is the author of three memoirs all published by Paradigm-Routledge Press, Nine Lives of a Musical Cat (2009), Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac (2005) and the highly acclaimed Vibrations (1968, 2007). His archive of professional and personal papers were recently acquired by the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts Branch of the New York Public Library. And, he was recently the subject of the full-length feature documentary David Amram: The First Eighty Years, which is available on Vimeo On Demand.

In 2011, Amram was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame as recipient of the The Jay McShann Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 he was presented with Clearwater’s Pete and Toshi Seeger Annual Power of Song Award. In 2015, The Theater For The New City honored him with their annual Love & Courage Award. And in recognition of his enormous achievements and continuing contributions to the cultural life of New York City, Brooklyn College presented David Amram with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts and chose him as their commencement speaker.

In 2016 he received several awards for his lifetime of work as a classical composer, improvising multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of World Music. as well as touring internationally and premiering Three Lost Loves for alto saxophone, violin and piano, commissioned and performed by the New York Chamber Music Festival who have chosen him as their composer in residence for their 2016-2017 season. In 2017, he is composing a double concerto for violin, cello and orchestras and making a string orchestra version of his Greenwich Village Portraits for saxophone and orchestra as well as composing a ballet piece for choreographer Jacques d’Amboise.

While composing, he continues to perform as a guest conductor, soloist, multi-instrumentalist, band leader and narrator in five languages. To contact David Amram click here. For his upcoming schedule, click here.

Photograph above right by Chris Felver


Calendar



January 2 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

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

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

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

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

February 12 -- Castello di Borghese Vineyards in Kutchogue, NY, 1-5 pm; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), give their annual concert for Winterfest

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

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

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

April 2 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guest

April 21 -- 7 pm, Queens NY, Guest solist with Carol Suddhalter's Mix And Match Music • For further info click here

April 22 -- Clearwater's 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration, Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown NY, 7 pm; Amram performs in a concert including Janis Ian, Tom Paxton, the Klezmatics, Tom Chapin, Toshi Reagon, Lucy Kaplanski, Garland Jeffreys, Cheryl Wheeler & others

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

May 7 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

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

May 9 -- 5:30-8 pm, The Great Hall At Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square, NYC; A Celebration of the Life and Work of Barney Rosset; Amram will perform and speak

May 20-27 -- Amram in Toronto! 3 pm, Music In The Barns, Classical Music for Kids, At Home Around the World, The Global Roots of Classical Music, Amram performs music on authentic instruments from 35 countries and shows how they are the sources of today's orchestral instruments He also shows how the roots musics of so many cultures remain influential to the creation of classical music of the 21st Century, just as it was as a source pf inspiration for the great composers of the past. This was the approach which Amram pioneered in his celebrated children's program's which he did for thirteen seasons as a guest conductor for Young People's Concerts with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, eight seasons with the Montreal Symphony and for for folk and jazz festivals across Canada, the USA and around the world for the past 50 years. Following a week of appearances at schools and musical venues throughout Toronto (TBA), Amram will attend two performances of his Horn Concerto with soloist Olivia Brayley and the York Symphony on May 26 @ 8:30 pm @ the Trinity Anglican Church on 79 Victoria Street, Aurora and May 27th @ 7:30 pm @ The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts 10268 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Toronto

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

June 2 -- 8 pm, Milford Theatre, Milford, PA; Screening of Kerouac narrated film Pull My Daisy for which Amram wrote the score and in which he appeared; Amram will discuss making the film, perform classics of jazz and world music of the 1950s and accompany readings of Jack Kerouac along with his quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Don Miller on bass, Adam Amram on congas)

June 10 -- 6 pm, 690 E 18th St., Brooklyn, NY; Amram is the guest composer for the OMNI Ensemble's 30th Anniversary Gala; Performances of Amram's music will include Dirge For Piano Trio and Variations on Red River Valley with flutist David Wechsler

June 10 -- 11 pm, Arlene's Kitchen, Lower Manhattan; Benefit Concert for Job Creation and support of Municipal Employees of New York City: Sponsored by Occupy Wall Street

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

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

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

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

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

July 17 -- 2-4 pm, 1270 5th Ave, The Historical Landmark Preservation Society will be unveiling the Odetta Cultural Medallion Plaque on the face of the building of where she lived for more than thirty years; Amram will speak and perform a tribute

June 18 -- 7-720 pm Performing for Coalition to save Greenwich Village form over-development

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

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

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

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

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

September 3 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

September 5 -- Annual New York Chamber Music FestivalSymphony Space, NYC; Amram is one of the 12 narrators readings texts from Henry David Thoreau in composer John Cage's Lecture on the Weather. celebrating Cage's 100th Birthday

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

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


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

September 14-22 -- Denver; Amram conducts rehearsals with the Colorado Symphony, appears at schools and colleges and performs with his Denver-based Quartet at Dazzle for radio KUVO and does special programs with singer/songwriter Josh White Jr., who will be the guest soloist for the concerts; 7:30 pm; Symphonic Variations of a Song by Woody Guthrie, Composed by David Amram (Commissioned by the Woody Guthrie Publications) will be performed and recorded for a Master Recording Release by the internationally renowned Colorado Symphony Orchestra • Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Boettcher Concert Hall, Denver Performing Arts Complex, 1000 14th Street (and Curtis Street) Denver, CO 80202 • Box Office - phone lines open Monday-Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday Noon to 6pm (303) 623-7876 or (877) 292-7979 Toll Free, Box office email: tickets@coloradosymphony.org; For more information click here

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

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

September 30 -- 9 & 11 pm, Birdland, 315 W, 44th St; Amram debuts special work for Saxophone and String Quartet dedicated to the memory of his long time musical partner baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams in a Tribute to Birdland

October 1 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

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

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

November 5 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

November 9 -- 7:30 pm Symphony Space, 95 & Broadway NYC; Amram will be the recipiant of the Second Annual Pete & Toshi Seeger Power of Song Award; The first half of the evening of the official world premiere of Lawrence Kraman's documentary feature film David Amram The First 80 Years; The second half with be a concert featuring luminaries from the worlds of folk, jazz and world music and a performance of Amram's latest chamber work Cancion de Verano (Summer Song), a chamber music composition for young performers; For the full line up of performers click here

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

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

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

December 3 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

December 14 -- Philadelphia, 8:00 pm, at The Pslam Salon, 5841 Overbrook Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131, 215-477-7578; David Amram and his Quartet will perform; Ticket information here

December 15 -- 8:00-11 pm, 117 McDougal St, 57 Years in the Village; At the site of the old Gaslight Café Amram and others give a concert for Friends of Mike Porco, Legendary Founder of Folk City


Calendar -- End of 2010
May 27 -- 7:30 pm at the Jacob Burns Theatre in Pleasantville, NY; Amram introduces Intangible Asset #82, an Australian musician's study of the traditional music of South Korea; Amram also speaks about the influences of World Music and demonstrates several instruments from Africa, Asia and the Middle East

May 27 -- 7:30 pm at 15th Annual East Side Festival at Theatre of the New City, New York, NY; Amram reads from his book Vibrations and performs for the fifteenth consecutive year at this grassroots community festival

June 3 -- Amram is interviewed for the Italian documentary film The Sound of Asphalt, which addresses the burgeoning careers of today's young musicians and composers

June 5 -- 12 pm in Poughkeepsie, NY; Performing with Pete Seeger in a preview for the Clearwater Music Festival

June 7 --  7:30 pm, Greenwich Village, NY; 50th Anniversary of Folk City, honoring its founder Mike Porco; Amram performs with guest multi-instrumentalist John McEuen, founder of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Native American singer/songwriter Roland Mousaa

June 7 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

June 8 -- 9 pm at Soul To Soul, 1196 Broadway & Lafayette St., New York City, NY; Amram joins daughter Alana's band The Rough Gems to be filmed for the new documentary The Sound of Asphalt

June 15 -- 7:00 pm at the Nuyorican Poet's Café, 236 East 3rd St., New York City, NY; Amram performs in a concert to benefit the earthquake survivors of Haiti

June 15 -- 8:30 pm at Symphony Space's Thalia Theatre, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Amram speaks prior to the performance of his Theme and Variation on Red River Valley with a text by Mark Twain narrated by New York Times journalist and radio host Robert Sherman

June 19 & 20 -- 2010 Clearwater Music Festival in Croton Harmon, NY; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for several events including the Opening Ceremonies and a Young People's Concert with Pete Seeger; For complete schedule, click here

July 5 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

July 14-18 -- 2010 Woody Fest in Okemah, Oklahoma; Amram and his son Adam perform for the sixth consecutive year at the festival dedicated to the legacy of Woody Guthrie; Amram also accompanies Oklahoma poets and gives a seminar on his orchestral composition Symphonic Variations on a Song By Woody Guthrie

July 23-5 -- 4-H Youth Fair in Veterans Memorial Park in Carmel, NY; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for the twenty-sixth consecutive year in his hometown's annual event, bringing the treasures of world music to the Fair; He will also, for the twenty-sixth consecutive year, be working as a Festival volunteer, roasting and selling fresh corn
July 30 -- 8 pm at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Seija Osawa Hall; Amram speaks prior to the performance of his saxophone concerto Ode To Lord Buckley performed by Boston Symphony's classical saxophonist virtuoso Kenneth Randnofsky and the Young Artists Wind Ensemble, Robin Reynolds conducting

August 14 -- 9 pm, Bayport Long Island; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), From Cairo To Kerouac, Classics of Jazz & World Music

August 24 -- Filming all day in Brooklyn for David Amram: The First Eighty Years, performance 8 pm at Goodbye Blue Mondays on Broadway in Bushwick, Brooklyn with the bands of Alana, Adira & Adam Amram

August 28 -- 8 pm, New London Music Festival at Hygienic Art Park, screening of Kerouac narrated film Pull My Daisy hosted by Amram who scored, as well appeared in the film, followed by a concert by the David Amram Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas)

September 5 -- Annual Bradstock Festival in West Sayville, Long Island; Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), perform for the tenth consecutive season at this festival, which raises funds for Youth Programs in Suffolk County, Long Island

September 6 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

September 14 -- 8 pm, New York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Musical Director and violin virtuous Elmira Darvarov has scheduled Three Songs for Marlboro for Horn and Cello to be performed by New York Philharmonic cellist Maria Kitsopoulos and French Hornist Howard Wall 

September 16 -- 8 pm, New York Chamber Music Festival at Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; Musical Director and violin virtuous Elmira Darvarov has scheduled Blues & Variations For Monk to be performed by New York Philharmonic solo Hornist Phillip Myers

September 17 -- Lake George NY; In a salute to Amram's comic opera 12th Night and his forthcoming 80th birthday, the Lake George Jazz Festival has arranged a cruise on Lake George where 12th Night received its world premiere in 1968 by the Lake George Opera Company; On the cruise there will be premiere of an hour long DVD of highlights from the opera filmed by Larry Kramen in April 2010 in Baton Rouge, LA; In addition to the screening, Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), will also perform classics of Jazz and World Music; For more information, click here

September 18 -- Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), are featured performers at the Annual Lake George Jazz Festival

September 19 -- 9 am-noon, Amram is honeree at the Annual Clearwater meeting in Beacon, NY

September 30 -- 8 pm, Amram performs for the opening of the 2010 Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! festival in Lowell, MA

October 2 -- Amram returns for the sixteenth time to Farm Aid to perform with Willie Nelson's band at Miller Park in Milwaukee, WI

October 3 -- 3 pm, Annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! Amram Jam, Lowell, MA

October 24 -- 3 pm at the Aaron Copeland House at Merestead Estate, Mount Kisco, NY; Amram's chamber music composition Native American Portraits for Violin Piano and Percussion will be performed; Based on the traditional music of the Cheyenne, Seneca and Zuni Nations, Amram will demonstrates the instruments and vocal styles he has learned while playing with and for Native peoples over the past fifty years and how these many genres of music provide a rich new source for classical composers

October 25 -- Paley Center, New York premiere of Chris Felver's documentary film Ferlinghetti with music composer & performed by David Amram

October 30 -- Latin Roots Celebration Amram is a guest soloist with percussionist/band leader/composer Bobby Sanabria and his orchestra; Also featuring Cuban drum master Candido

November 11 -- 7:30 pm, Gala 80th Birthday Celebration,  Symphony Space, 95th & Broadway, New York City, NY; To buy tickets, click here 

November 12-16 -- Amram At 80Daily performances of Amram's music to be filmed and broadcast throughout New York City; Details TBA

November 13 -- Annual Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference, Amram & Oscar Brandt give a panel on 50 years of delving into the treasures of the world's folk music

November 17 -- Celebration of the actual date of Amram's 80th birthday; 2 pm in Queens, NY; Amram's Symphonic Variations On A Song by Woody Guthrie and In Memoria de Chano Pozo will be performed by the Queen College Orchestra, conducted by Maurice Peress and Amram, who will also be a guest soloist

November 17 -- 11:30 pm at the Cornelia Street Café in Greenwich Village, NY; All Night Celebration of Amram's 80th Birthday; Amram joins Cornelia St. Café owner, Robin Hirsch, for a joint birthday celebration; This will also commemorate Amram's sixth year as a once-a-month performer at this New York City landmark

November 19 & 20 -- 7:30 pm at the Plaza Theatre in El Paso, Texas; As an 80th Birthday After Party, Amram attends two performances of his saxophone concerto Ode To Lord Buckley performed by Boston Symphony's classical saxophonist virtuoso Kenneth Randnofsky and the El Paso Symphony, Sarah Ioannides conducting

November 24 -- 7:00 pm at the Long Island Pulse Singer Songwriter Series; Admission is free: For more information, click here

December 2 -- 5:00 pm on the Douglass campus of Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ at Cher Hall; Amram's Piano Sonata will be performed by pianist Allison Franzetti; Admission is free

December 3 -- 8:00 pm at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 E 52nd St; Amram's Blues & Variations for Monk for solo horn performed by John Clark

December 5 -- 2-5:00 pm at St. Luke's Church, 850 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY; Amram headlines a concert with Pete Seeger for Art Kamell

December 5 -- 7-11:00 pm at the Town Crier in Pawling, NY; Amram performs with John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

December 6 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; 55 Years In Greenwich Village, Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, John DeWitt on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

December 7-9 -- University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Lowell, MA; Celebrating his 80th Birthday, Kay Roberts, Conductor and founder of both the New England Chamber Orchestra and the Youth Orchestra of Lowell and  Professor of Music at U. Mass. , leads a program of Amram's orchestral compositions for  her new series Music On the Merrimack at U. Mass. Lowell; The concert the evening of Dec 9th features Amram's orhestral music. including his Travels For Trumpet & Orchestra, the second movement of his flute concerto Giants of the Night and excerpts of the scores for the classic films The Manchurian Candidate & Splendor in the Grass; The concert will include performances by Amram & his Quartet of some of his jazz works and his quartet will also be soloists in the finale: Martin Luther King from Duke Ellington's Three Black Kings

December 28-30 -- Newport, RI; Editing film David Amram, The First 80 Years, with filmmaker Lawrence Kraman


Contact

To contact David Amram directly for interviews, research, personal or artistic matters e-mail him at amramdavid@aol.com

To book David Amram to perform, conduct, speak or do seminars or workshops, contact his representative Douglas Yeager; 300 West 55th Street, Suite #15E, New York, NY 10019; Tel: (212) 245-0240; Fax: (212) 245-6576; Skype: DouglasYeager; E-mail: yeagerprod@aol.com

To order Amram's symphonic, operatic, chamber, choral and wind orchestra compositions, contact The C.F. Peters Corporation; Attention, Gene Caprioglio; 70-30 80th Street, Glendale, NY 11385; Voice Mail: (718) 416-7822; Fax: (718) 416-7823; E-mail: gene@cfpeters-ny.com

For information about Amram's four books Vibrations, Off Beat: Collaborating With Kerouac, Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat, and David Amram: The First Eighty Years, contact Routledge Press

For information about Larry Kraman's new documentary feature film, David Amram, The First Eighty Years, contact filmmaker & recording executive Larry KramanNewport Classic Ltd. Recordings and Films11 Willow Street, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: (401) 848-2442; E-mail: newportclassic@gmail.com

For David Amram's upcoming performance and appearance schedule, click here.


Performance Schedule for the 2010 Clearwater Festival


David Amram & Pete Seeger

Saturday, June 19
  • 12:00-12:45, Sloop Stage, with Roland Moussa, A Prayer for Clearwater
  • 1:15-2:15, Hudson Stage, with Amram Quartet, Folk Roots/World Rhythms
  • 3:50-4:05, By the River, with Pete Seeger & Roland Moussa, Blessing of the River

  • 4:15-4:55, Sloop Stage, with Steve Earle &Sarah Lee Guthrie, Remembering Odetta 
  • 5:00-5:40, Family Stage, with Amram Quartet, At Home Around The World
Sunday June 20

  • 4:15-4:55, Sloop Stage, with Adam Amram, From Cario To Croton, World Dance Rhythms
  • 5:00-5:40, Family Stage, with Pete Seeger & Tomorrow's Children
Amram will also accompany other musicians during both days.  

Video above of David Amram & Pete Seeger performing together at a backyard Bar-B-Que in Beacon, New York in the Spring of 2009, two weeks after performing together at Pete's 90th Birthday Party Concert in Madison Square Garden.