David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist

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Fall 2014 - Residency At Harvard University

"My hope is that any undergraduate - whether an art history student or pre-med major - can feel at home with and learn from a fellow undergraduate who plays with or performs with one of Harvard's excellent musical ensembles, so that when I leave campus, they will be able to form a life time bond and educate one another."

Tuesday, December 2

7-9:15 PM - 74 Mt. Auburn St. • Rehearsal with the Harvard Wind Ensemble of Amram's saxophone concerto Ode To Lord Buckley and En Memoria de Chano Pozo for Latin Jazz Trio and Orchestra

Wednesday, December 3

8-9:30 PM - 74 Mt. Auburn St. • Conversation and Jam Session with the Harvard Monday Jazz Band (even though it's Wednesday!) • Amram discusses 70 years of his adventures with and mentoring by jazz and world music masters of the past and present including Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Tito Puente and Betty Carter 

Thursday, December 4

3:30-4:30 PM - Farkas Hall, 74 Mt. Auburn St. • Learning From Performers • David Amram will speak with Professor Mark Olson with questions from the audience as his recounts his adventures as a composer in the worlds of symphonic, operatic, choral, theatrical, film and chamber music, as well as his work as a multi-instrumentalist in the world of jazz, folk, blues, country, Latin and Native American music, Middle Eastern music and his pioneering poetry and musical collaborations with novelist Jack Kerouac in 1957; He will also describe what it is like today at the age of 84 to continue composing new music while touring the world as a composer, guest conductor, band leader and narrator in five languages; And finally, will discuss how the internet and YouTube make it possible for every young person to have access to different forms of art of lasting value and to communicate globally with one another; This event is free and open to the public

5:00-6:30 PM - 74 Mt. Auburn St. • Rehearsal with the Harvard Wind Ensemble

9:00-12 PM - Harvard Epworth Church, 1555 Massachusetts Avenue, Just north of Harvard Square • Solo performance at the Squawk Coffee House • Amram will play instruments from around the world he has acquired in his 60 years of global touring and perform a few of his own compositions, including his classic song "Pull My Daisy," - with lyrics by Jack Kerouac, Neal Cassady + Allen Ginsberg - which he composed as the title song for Alfred Leslie and Robert Frank's classic 1959 film of the same name; This event is open to the public

Friday, December 5

8:00-9:30 PM - Lowell Hall • Harvard Wind Ensemble Concert • Two of Amram's most popular concert works will be performed: His saxophone concerto, Ode To Lord Buckley - with soloist Ken Radnofsky - and En Memoria de Chano Pozo for Latin Jazz Trio and Orchestra - with Amram, himself as soloist • This event is open to the public

Saturday, December 6

10:00 AM - Noon - Harvard Square Hotel • Final interviews with Amram 

12:30 PM - Amram leaves Boston and drives to New Jersey to perform that evening with Josh White Jr. celebrating the music and legacy of his father Josh White Sr. on his centenary