David Amram
Composer, Conductor & Multi-Instrumentalist


David Amram 85th Birthday Celebrations

OCT 10-12 • Lowell Celebrates Kerouac! • Lowell, Massachusetts Day and Night • Classical saxophonist and soloist with the Boston Pops and New York Philharmonic Ken Radnofsky,  pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek and violist Consuelo Sherba are confirmed for an evening performing Amram’s classical chamber music, in addition to Amram speaking and reading from his three books and leading programs related to his collaborations with Jack Kerouac which will  include locals artists all performing together

OCT 15-17 • Folk Music Ontario’s 29th Annual Conference, Westin Bristol Place, Toronto  Canada Day and Night • Amram will participate in a panel "Wisdom of the Elders" celebrating his 60 years of championing global roots of folk music and how they contribute to all forms of music; He will also  play with a new generation of musicians at the conference and share the rudiments of the many worlds of music which he calls his home and discuss his years in Canada as a guest conductor of symphonies, multi-instrumentalist at folk, jazz, Native and world music festivals and how the Canadian concept of the mosaic as opposed to the American concept melting pot is the key for a new generation of acoustic music performers to help create a whole new  musical environment for the world

OCT 17 • Hudson Valley Philharmonic, Bardavon Theater, Poughkeepsie NY, 7 pm • Amram is scheduled to speak, prior to the Philharmonic’s  2015-16 season opening concert, which will feature  Amram’s THIS LAND: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie and Theme and Variations on Red River Valley For Flute and Strings • Woody Guthrie’s daughter, Nora Guthrie, will also speak about commissioning the piece to celebrate Woody’s 100th birthday

OCT 25 • New York Philharmonic Ensembles at Merkin Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center 129, West 67th Street, 3 PM • The New York Philharmonic Ensembles series will begin on October 25, featuring works by Poulenc, David Amram, Rachmaninoff, Handel and Mendelssohn • Amram’s Trio for Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, and Bassoon will be performed by classical saxophonist Ken Radnofsky, soloist with the Boston Pops and the New York Philharmonic, Kim Laskowski, bassoon and Howard Wall, horn, both members of the New York Philharmonic celebrating both Amram’s 85th birthday and his appointment 49 years ago when Leonard Bernstein chose him as the New York Philharmonic’s first-ever composer-in-residence for their 1966-67 season

NOV 12-15 • North East Regional Folk Alliance Kerhonkson NY Day and Night • After three days of performing and mentoring young musicians, Sunday afternoon Nov 15 from 2:30 until early evening, there will be an Amram Day 85th Birthday Bash, celebrating his lifetime of collaborations with musicians of all genres with a concert and jam session, including as many musicians as possible to give each of them a chance to shine • The event will be presented by the North East Regional Folk Alliance, which  brings  programs of live music to school children and encourages young singer-songwriters to continue to be creative, and celebrates the musical treasures of the past as well of as the exciting new music being created today

NOV 21 • David Amram Birthday Tribute at the Lincoln Center Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Bruno Walter Auditorium, New York City 2:30-4 pm • Amram conducts his Theme and Variations on Red River Valley for Flute and Strings in a free concert for the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts Library, who have recently acquired Amram’s complete archive • The program will also include Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with piano soloist Alexander Wu and compositions by Copland and Stravinsky with the Millennium Chamber Orchestra conducted by Daniela Candillari

NOV 21 • Amram Jam at Mark Morganelli’s Jazz Forum of the Arts 85th Birthday Salute, Tarrytown, NY, 8-11 pm • Amram and his quintet will be joined by guest artists from the worlds of jazz, Latin, European classical, Native American and Middle Eastern music as well as global folk music • The concerts will also celebrate Morganelli and Amram’s musical collaborations over the past 40 years for Morganelli’s Jazz Forum of the Arts series

NOV 23-DEC 2 • Tour of London and the UK  for Amram’s new box set of his film music highlights of the last 59 years • London, Scotland and other venues throughout the U.K. Day and night, click here for details • British producer  Jason Lazell is releasing a box set of recordings of jazz compositions composed by Amram for his  film scores and two Broadway dramas from 1956 to 2015 • Many of the pieces included  in the box set  were never used in the final productions and have never been heard before • These recordings feature the work of major jazz soloists as well as performances by Amram himself • Previously unreleased music from films will include highlights from Amram’s scores for Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, Pull My Daisy and the theatrical production of Arthur Miller’s After the Fall • There will also be concerts, interviews and a documentary made of the tour

DEC 7 • 8:30-11 pm • Cornelia Street Cafe • Greenwich Village, New York City • 85 years on the Planet 60 years in Greenwich Village - David Amram celebrates the beginning of his eighty-fifth year on earth and his sixtieth year of artistic adventures in the Village with  his Quintet - Kevin Twigg (drums and glockenspiel), Rene Hart (bass), Elliot Peper (bongos) and Adam Amram (congas and percussion) performing 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, 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

DEC 21 • 8 PM to Midnight • Back To Where All Began, Amram At 85 • Theater for the New City 155 1st Avenue, New York • Back To Where All Began, Amram At 85 will be Amram’s final 85th birthday event and will be celebrated in the neighborhood where he lived for the first two years after he arriving in New York City 60 years ago in 1955 • Actress and producer Crystal Field, the founder of  the Theater for the New City and Amram first worked together in Joe Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park in the late 50s and in 1960 for Elia Kazan in his classic film Splendor in the Grass • Amram has played every one of the 20 annual Festivals of the Lower East Side presented by the Theater for the New City, as well as receiving their Love and Courage Award

The first half of this 85th birthday celebration will include performances of Amram’s chamber music compositions with performances of the Finale of Ode to Lord Buckley, a saxophone concerto and Greenwich Village Portraits for alto saxophone and piano, whose three movements are dedicated respectively to Arthur Miller, Odetta and Frank McCourt • Both of these pieces are were composed for and premiered by saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, who will be joined by pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek

The Violin Sonata will be performed by Elmira Darvarova, the first woman to ever be concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the founder of the annual New York Chamber Music Festival • Blues and Variations for Monk for Unaccompanied Horn will be performed by the New York Philharmonic’s french horn virtuoso Howard Wall, composed in memory of Thelonious Monk, who was a mentor to Amram in the 50s, encouraging him to continue to pursue his path as both an improvising jazz french hornist and a composer of formal classical music • The Wind and Rain for viola and piano will be performed by Consuelo Sherba. The music, based on  a score written for Joe Papp’s production of 12th Night in Central Park was later included in Amram's opera 12th Night, commissioned by the New York Shakespeare Festival with a libretto by Joe Papp

The second half of the gala evening will include Amram’s quintet, who will be joined by guest artists from the many worlds of music which Amram calls his home, as well as friends and collaborators from the theater, film and dance • There will also be  readings from On the Road with music, which Kerouac and Amram pioneered in 1957 at the first-ever jazz poetry readings presented in New York City, a few blocks from  where the Theater for the New City is located today • It was here in this same neighborhood that Amram also met Woody Guthrie in 1956, as well as the same year and same neighborhood where he met Kerouac and Joe Papp, so it is a perfect place to conclude the series of  85th birthday celebrations