David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist

Highlights of 2013 Calendar



January 7 - 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; New Year's Celebration, Amram's 58th Year 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, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and special surprise guests

January 10 - 7:30 pm, The Buddhist Association for Peace, Culture and Education, New York; Amram will speak about the ways that music can achieve peace among people and will share some of his experiences drawn from his travels around the world where music has served as a passport for understanding; He will give some brief musical demonstrations from Egypt, Africa, Israel, the Khyber Pass, Sri Lanka, China, Ireland, Native America, Guatemala and across the United States and Canada


January 28 - February 1 - Denver, CO • January 29 & 30, Amram edits live recordings for a new cd of his Symphonic Variations On A Song By Woody Guthrie and Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for Flute and Strings, performed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Amram in September of 2012 • February 1, Amram returns as the featured guest performing classics of jazz and world music for the Annual Neal Cassady Day • More to be announced • For complete information of Amram's Annual Rocky Mountain Tour, contact Douglas Yeager at yeagerprod@aol.com


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

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

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

March 18 + 19 -- Far Brook School, Short Hills, NJ; Programs for its students about the folkloric roots of music as a basis for contemporary classical composition; Violinist Ashley Horne, pianist Erasmia Voukelatos and percussionist Glen Fittin will perform with Amram his Native American Portraits for Violin, Piano and Percussion among other works
 
March 29 -- New York University; Guest Speaker for the symposium presented by the Fales Library in Celebration of NYU's Acquisition and Processing of the Larry Rivers Papers • Amram's will discuss visual artist Larry River's work as a musician and their collaborations from 1955 until Rivers' death

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

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


April 22 -- 12 pm, New York City • Interview with Sara Fisko for her Jazz Loft documentary film, Lumiere Productions

April 23 -- Interview for Brattleboro Radio Station

April 25 -- New York City • Afternoon concert w The Amigos

April 26 -- 8:00 pm • Philadelphia, PA • Amram headlines and performs with The Amigos for an evening of folk, jazz and world music at the Pslam Salon hosted by WXPN's Gene Shay

April 28 -- 8 pm, Putney, Vermont • Headlining folk music concert and performing with his daughter Alana Amram and her band The Rough Gems

May 2 -- 12 pm, NYC • Meeting with Jacques D'Amboise, founder of the National Dance Institute

May 3 -- 4-6 pm at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA • Amram is a featured participant in Salem State University's 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Kerouac Symposium, hosting a screening of the film Pull My Daisy (1959)

May 5 -- 12 pm, On the rooftop of the Library Motel, NYC • Amram reads from his books for Literary Manhattan along with readings by prizewinning author Joyce Johnson • Free admission!

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

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

May 25 -- 9 pm, NYC, Theatre For The New City • Amram's tenth appearance at the Annual Festival of the Lower East Side • Free admission!

May 30 -- 8:30 pm, Joe's Pub, NYC • Guest appearance with Morley and her band

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

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

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

June 20 -- 8 pm, Museum of the City of New York, Hosack Hall, Folk Music Museum, Benefit Concert

June 22 -- 2 pm Mount Beacon, Beacon, NY • Performing at the Mount Beacon Fire Tower Grand Opening Ceremony

June 23 -- 8:30 pm, Quad Theatre, 13th St. Greenwich Village • Filmmaker Michael Donahue's new feature film Isn't It Delicious with an original score by David Amram will be screened • Amram will attend the screening and participate in a Q&A afterwards

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

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

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

July 24 -- 7:30 pm, Jacob Burns Film Center, Pleasantville, NY • Screening of Lawrence Kraman's documentary feature film David Amram, The First 80 Years • Screening will be followed by a Q&A with Kraman and David Amram moderated by concert pianist and Aaron Copeland House Artistic Director Michael Boriskin, as well as a concert by David Amram and his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas)

July 26-8 -- David Amram makes his 28th appearance at the Putnam County 4-H Fair roasting corn at the Corn Stand and performing with his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas) on the Concert Stage (2 pm, July 28)

July 26 -- 8 pm, Seven Arrows, Putnam Valley, NY • Global Roots For Today's Symphonic Composers

August 1 -- 6:30-8 pm, Tarrytown, NY • Free concert! at the Fourth Annual Sunset Jazz at Lyndhurst • David Amram performs with his Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas)

August 3 -- 12 pm-8, Riverfront Park, Beacon, NY • Two Row Wampum Festival • Amram performs alongside Pete Seeger, Matoaka Little Eagle, Pow Haton Eagle, Tiokashin Ghosthorse and others

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

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

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

September 2 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos) and featuring Guest Poet Joe Pacheco

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

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

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

September 25 -- 7-9 pm, Stella Adler Studio of Acting, 31 W 27th St • David Amram's Quartet (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass and Eliot Pepper on bongos) and poet Grace Shulman perform • Amram returns to share music and anecdotes of his collaborations in New York theatre with Elia Kazen, Harold Klurman, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp and other playwrights, directors and authors

September 29 -- 8:30 - 11 pm, Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, NY • Jack Kerouac: The Florida - New York Connection • A Celebration of The Jack Kerouac Writers-In-Residence Project of Orlando, FL • Amram and his Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), will perform music of Jack Kerouac's era and accompany Kerouac biographer Joyce Johnson, actors Michael Shannon and John Ventimiglia, poet Frank Messina, Kerouac Project, co-founder Summer Rodman, and recent Kerouac Project resident Monica Wendel • More info: www.kerouacproject.org

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

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

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

October 25-7 -- Québec City, Québec • Amram returns as a featured performer in a concert with members of the Québec Symphony Orchestra and outstanding French Canadian jazz artists at the Festival du Jazz • He will also give seminars in French • All performances and concerts also narrated in French

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

November 4 -- 8:30-11 pm, Cornelia St. Café, New York City; Amram performs and tells stories about the music he has composed celebrating a half century of collaborations with playwrights, choreographers, authors, poets and musicians from the 1950s through today's innovative young artists; Featuring Amram's Quartet, (Kevin Twigg on drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart on bass, Adam Amram on congas), actor John Ventimiglia (of HBO's The Sopranos)

November 7 -- 7-9 pm • 37 Main St, Powerhouse Arena, DUMBO - Brooklyn, NY • Caffè Lena Book launch! • Amram performs and helps celebrate the iconic Caffè Lena where he first performed in 1972 • For more information please call 718-666-3049

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

November 9 -- 7 pm - Queens NY • Amram returns to perform at the Sunnyside Reform Church (on the corner of Stillman Ave and 48th St.) with The Amigos

November 10 -- 1 pm - Carmel, NY • Amram, French Hornist Abby Mayer and violist Midhat Serbigi give a special concert honoring US veterans and celebrate their own 60th Anniversary of their service in Europe as members of 7th Army Symphony Orchestra

November 11 -- 7 pm, Fundraiser for the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, 31 W 27th St • Amram returns to share music and anecdotes of his collaborations in New York theatre with Elia Kazen, Harold Klurman, Arthur Miller, Joseph Papp, Paddy Chayefsky and other playwrights, directors and authors

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

November 14 -- 7 pm - The Cutting Room, NYC • Amram joins Pete Seeger and Native American singer/flutist/radio host Tiokasian Ghosthorse for a WBAI Radio fundraiser

November 19 -- 8 pm - Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 S. Oxford St., Fort Green • Benefit for Baraka Women's Center, Nairobi Kenya • Amram performs chamber music including the second movement of his flute concerto Giants of the Night composed for Sir James Galway, performed by flutist David Wechsler and pianist Heidi Upton and leads the Layfayette Inspiration Ensemble Choir and audience in his arrangement of the Kenyan folk classic Kwahare • For ticket information click here

November 23 -- 8 pm - Brooklyn Academy of Music • Amram hosts the BAM's Tribute to trombonist, composer and educator Earl McIntyre • For more information click here

November 25 -- 8 pm, Lincoln Center, NY • Amram appears with The Amigos for their Generations In Jazz Festival, hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center

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