Highlights of the 2018 CalendarJANUARY
Jan 1-14 · Beacon, NY · Day and night
Composing last movement of Partners:This final movement honors the musical partnership of the iconic Cuban band leader Machito, a pioneer of combining the beauties of Afro-Cuban music and jazz and with his vocalist Celia Cruz, opening up a door in the 1940s to welcome the world into sharing the genius of these two forms of music and celebrating those who have continued to contribute to their symbiotic relationship
A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra
Jan 15-21 · Havana, Cuba · Day and night
Annual Havana International Jazz Plaza FestivalAmram performs with musicians from around the world, as well as being a guest soloist with the Festival's founder Bobby Carcasses for the opening gala · Amram will also be the featured guest in the Festival's tribute to Gilberto Valdez for his lifetime in Cuba for the past 70 years and as a supporter, performer and pioneer drummer of Jazz combined with Afro-Cuban roots; Valdez was responsible for Amram's returning to Cuba for the first time since 1977 when Valdez welcomed and organized concerts and jam sessions with the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Earl "Fatha" Hines and Amram when they came to Havana in 1977 · These historic collaborations were the first time that North American musicians came to perform publicly with musicians in Cuba since 1961 · Amram has also been invited perform in Matanzas with Los Munequitos de Matanzas, the legendary masters of the Rhumba and the Guaguanco and will be doing seminars and workshops with young musicians during his week at the Festival
Jan 28 · Vero Beach, Florida, 4-8 pm
The Indian River Arts & Concert seriesAmram and Croatian virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Radoslav Lorkovic perform together as a duo for the first, debuting their global music in a special concert celebrating the kids for Head Start, who will sing with members of the community joined at the end by Amram and Lorkovic, prior to their 70 minute set together
Feb 5 · Cornelia Street Cafe New York City · 8:30-11 pm
62 Years in Greenwich VillageDavid Amram and his quartet (Kevin Twigg , drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Adam Amram, congas and percussion) are joined by actors, poets, singers, and musicians of all genres to celebrate the creative work done by Amram as an award-winning classical composer for the concert hall, multi-instrumentalist, collaborator with Jack Kerouac for the first public jazz/poetry readings ever presented in NYC in 1957, creator of scores for films and the theater and tireless advocate and pioneer of World Music decades before the term existed. The performances celebrate countless events since Amram's arrival in the Village as a member of Charles Mingus Quintet in 1955 up to his current adventures of 2018 · No two shows are ever the same!
Feb 9th · Mercury Cafe 2188 California St Denver Colorado · 8:30-11:00 p.m.
Neal Cassady Ninth Annual Birthday BashAmram makes his annual appearance to celebrate the legacy of Denver´s native son Neal Cassady, the real-life hero of Jack Kerouac´s novel On the Road · His Rocky Mountain Quartet (Tony Black, drums, Artie Moore, bass and Hugh Ragin trumpet) are joined by surprise guest artists who are familiar with the great days of Five Points in Denver when Kerouac was introduced by Cassady to a whole new world of jazz and those who created it, and how this influenced Kerouac's writing. There will also be readings with musical accompaniment from Kerouac´s On the Road, as Amram and Kerouac did together for years, Amram will also read excerpts from his book Offbeat Collaborating with Kerouac and will perform with his quartet at Denver´s prize-winning radio station KUVO-FM for their annual fundraiser.
Feb 10 · Alamo Drafthouse Cinema: 4255 W Colfax Ave, Denver · 7:15-11:00 pm
Pull My Daisy 60 Years laterAmram will host a screening of Robert Frank´s classic short film Pull My Daisy narrated by Jack Kerouac for which Amram created the jazz and chamber music score, and in which Amram also appeared, at the request of Kerouac. Following the screening, Amram and Neal Cassady´s daughter Jami Cassady, will discuss how when it was released in 1959, it was considered a home movie for a tiny audience. And how today it is now considered by many to be an iconic film and major influence on many contemporary filmmakers
Feb 13 ´ Radio station KCUR Kansas City Missouri · 10:15-11 am
Up To Date Amram celebrates K.C.Amram recounts his adventures and creative energy shared with Kansas City greats Mary Lou Williams, Charlie Parker. Lester Young, Roy Eldridge, Buddy Tate, Jimmy Witherspoon and his work with the Kansas City Symphony as a commissioned composer, guest conductor and soloist
Feb 13 · Olathe Public Library 201 E. Park Street, Olathe, Kansas · 7-10 pm
A Composer´s CollaborationsAmram will be interviewed for an hour by author, journalist and historian Chuck Haddix. He will discuss his work with authors Jack Kerouac and Langston Hughes, jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Mary Lou Williams and Thelonious Monk, folk and country artists Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, Odetta and Bob Dylan, film directors John Frankenheimer and Elia Kazan, playwright Arthur Miller, and poets Lawrence Ferlinghetti and W.H. Auden · Chuck Haddix will also interview Amram about his life and his ties to the Kansas City music scene. Amram will close the evening playing with local musicians Victor && Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra, and include music by Kansas City greats Charlie Parker, who mentored Amram in 1952, Lester Young, Count Basie and of his own compositions.
Feb 14-18 · Folk Alliance International Annual Conference · Kansas City · Day and Night
Folk Music: The Root of the TreeDavid Amram, recipient of the 2017 Folk Alliance International Lifetime Achievement Award, returns for the fifth consecutive year to give mentoring classes to musicians of all ages about how to incorporate world rhythms, harmonies and global music into every singer-songwriter´s vocabulary, how to create their own techniques to engender audience participation, and how to accompany spoken word artists and create rhymed raps on the spot · He also will play with anyone and everyone who asks him to, sharing the egalitarian spirit of all those artists who encouraged and mentored him throughout his forty years living in Greenwich Village
Feb 22-25 · Indian Hill School of Music
Amram returns for the world premiere of a new work, hosting an evening of jazz and talks · The first highlights of his residency Friday night Feb 23 at the Fitchburg Art Museum 183 Elm Street at 7 pm. Amram will lead members of the Indian Hill Music School faculty, local high school students and members of the community in an evening of jazz and world music. He will also discuss how spirit of all sincere forms of music built to last and how the rich tapestry of the multi-cultural life and creative energy that living in Greenwich Village New York City all enabled him to compose Greenwich Village Portraits for his friend , the virtuoso classical saxophone master Ken Radnofsky.
Amram will speak to the audience during the open rehearsals and preview talks given prior to the concert · The three movements of Greenwich Village Portraits are entitled MacDougal Street (for Arthur Miller), Bleeker Street (for Odetta) and Christopher Street (for Frank McCourt). Each movement honors three friends and artistic collaborators of Amram´s and their favorite streets in the Village. Written originally for alto saxophone and piano and premiered in New City, Amram hoped to have the chance to make a string orchestra version. Bruce Hangen as well as Ken Radnofsky made it possible to commission and schedule the world premiere of this version of Greenwich Village Portraits with the excellent musicians of the Indian Hill Symphony
Feb 26 · classical music radio station WWFM by its music director David Osenberg · 6-7 pm
Amram will be interviewed for an hour by David Osenberg and will discuss the new vistas of 2018 for all composers, and how increased technology has made it possible for musicians of every genre to create their venues and outlets for their creativity · Amram wIll also discuss his ongoing collaborations with virtuoso violinist Elmira Darvarova classical master saxophonist Ken Radnofsky and comment on their new CD of Amram´s chamber music So in America, featuring works composed from 1958 until today performed by outstanding chamber music players and soloists chosen for the recording by Elmira Darvarova. The CD ends with two excerpts from author Jack Kerouac´s On the Road, narrated by Oscar-winning actress Estelle Parsons with Amram accompanying her as he with did Kerouac in New York City´s first-ever public jazz/poetry readings in 1957.
March 1 · Westchester Community College · Davis Auditorium · 11:00-3:00 PM
Opening up the doors to your own creativityAs the final guest speaker for the poets and author series, David Amram will read from his three books, improvise a freestyle song made up on the spot from suggestions from the audience, and stress the importance of reading and writing as a gateway to understanding the world in which we live · He will also explain how developing verbal skills has helped him to become a better and more prolific composer of classical concert music and performer of global folkloric styles of improvisation · He will be joined by Ireland's renowned master of modern percussion, Brian Fleming, whose virtuosity as a performer of his native Bodhran has added a new chapter to the role of this ancient traditional instrument · Amram and Fleming will create a composition on the spot, as well as performing music from around the world · Amram will also recount highlights of his 60 years of travels as a global ambassador for music and the joy of collaborations with poets, authors, playwrights and artists of all genres. And he will end the program free-styling a rhymed scat made from suggestions from the audience. This event is open to members of community as well as studenenue ts enrolled at the college.
March 12 · Beyond Baroque Center for the Arts · Venice California · 7:00-11:00 PM
Beat and BeyondCelebrating Beyond Baroque´s 50th Anniversary and the birthday of author Jack Kerouac, Amram will host a screening of Robert Frank´s classic short film Pull My Daisy narrated by Jack Kerouac for which Amram created the jazz and chamber music score, and in which Amram appeared, at the request of Kerouac · Following a Q & A from the audience, Amram will be interviewed by author Pat uas and then play music from the era, joined by his son drummer Adam Amram, accompany poets and authors reading excerpts for On The Road as Kerouac and Amram did at the first-ever public jazz poetry readings ever presented in 1957 and conclude the evening reading a short excerpt from his book Offbeat: Collaborating with Kerouac describing the chaotic three weeks filming of what is now considered to be a classic
March 13 · Zebulon Cafe ·
From Marseilles to Brooklyn to Echo Park, LAA celebration of creativity and friendship · Performing with his trio of Rene Hart, bass and Adam Amram, congas, the screening will include a song by his daughter Alana Amram and brief readings or The Manchurian Candidate by poet and author Peter Lownds and actress/singer-songwriter Katie Mitchell · He also comes to Zebulon to celebrate the creative spirit of the owners of this new place who have made it LA's most exciting venue for great music created today by a new generation of independent artists
March 13 · Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Film Music · Foundation Pickford Center · 1313 Vine Street Hollywood · 12:00-4:00 PM
Amram and FilmsJon Burlingam conducts a filmed interview for the the Academy of Motion Pictures Film Foundation about Amram's unique contributions to film scoring is unique path · He will document Amram in his own words explaining why, after composing the groundbreaking scores for Elia Kazan´s Splendor in the Grass and John Frankenheimer The Manchurian Candidate, he made the unusual choice of returning from Hollywood to New York, after doing these two Iconic film scores, In order to continue writing for the concert hall · Over the past fifty sixty years since his groundbreaking score for The Manchurian Candidate, Amram´s prolific career as the composer of critically acclaimed symphonies, concertos, operas, chamber and choral music has enabled him to continue on his unique path. Still he has found the time to occasionally writes scores for films he feels have lasting value and where he has the freedom to orchestrate, conduct and write every note himself · Jon Burlingame will also ask Amram to clarify what he had said to young composers to remind them that regardless of all business restrictions, film scoring is an art · Jon Burlingam will end his interview discussing Amram´s current work in film, where in the middle of all his classical commissions and appearances as a guest-conductor and multi-instrumentalist, he is currently composing the score for Oscar award winning Barbara Kopple´s new documentary feature about Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are finding a new life in Canada
March 17 Tompkins Corners Cultural Center · Putnam Valley, NY, · 7:30 11:00 PM
Echoes of ErinA celebration of the music that has sustained waves of Irish emigrants on their journey to what was called this Isle of Hope · Amram will perform his Theme and Variations on Danny Boy
March 18 · Washington Square Hotel (formerly the Earle) · 103 Waverly Place, NYC, · 7:00-10:30 PM
Village NightsSince 1902, the Washington Square Hotel (formerly "The Earle") has been a haven for writers, artists and musicians · Guests have included Ernest Hemingway, Dylan Thomas, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Bo Diddley, Maynard Ferguson, The Rolling Stones · "Village Nights" has been created by musician and singer-songwriter Richard Barone · This new monthly series will premiere on Sunday, March 18, 2018 with ex-Villager composer, conductor and multi-instrumentalist David Amram and his quintet
March 19 through April 1 · Beacon, NY · day and night
ComposingAmram works on the final movement of Partners: a double concerto for violin and orchestra, to be premiered in December of 2018 and subsequently performed by four other orchestras · He is also beginning composing the score for Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple´s new documentary feature film about Syrian and Iraqi refugees who are finding a new life in Canada
August 1-3 · International Horn Symposium · Muncie Indiana · Day and Night
Featured performerAmram performs with band of 26 horns, playing french horn, piano congas and Latin Percussion. He gives a workshop-seminar on the history and use of the 12 bar blues as a gateway for playing jazz, has all hornists join him to learn fundamentals of improvising. He also attends performances of his classical compositions for French Horn.
August 5 · Beacon, NY · noon -1:30 PM
Remembering Jutta HippAmram is interviewed for a documentary film about German jazz pianist Jutta Hipp and his association with her from 1953 in Germany during his service in the US Army and their reuniting in NYC in 1955 until her death
Aug 5 Beacon NY · 2-430
Jazz Salute to the Hudson ValleyAmram performs with his quintet with Kevin Twigg drums, Rene Hart Bass. Adam Amram congas, Elliot Peper bongos and surprise guests.
August 5 · Tompkins Corners Cultural Center · Tompkins Corners NY · 7-10 pm
Jazz and World Music Celebration ReturnAmram and his quintet play global music in the new culture center on Peekskill Hollow Road in Putnam County.
August 12 Central Park's Summerstage · NYC · 7-1030 pm
Music of Sixties from Greenwich Village to the WorldThis free concert hosted by Richard Barone includes performances by Amram, John Sebastian, José Feliciano, Jesse Colin Young (of the Youngbloods),Melanie, Maria Muldaur, Marshall Crenshaw, Happy Traum, The Kennedys and surprise guests.
August 13-19 Beacon, NY · Day and Night
Composing and orchestratingAmram orchestrates the last movement of his latest classical composition Partners: A Double Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra · This final movement honors the musical partnership of the iconic Cuban band leader Machito, a pioneer of combining the beauties of Afro-Cuban music and jazz and with his vocalist Celia Cruz, opening up a door in the 1940s to welcome the world into sharing the genius of these two forms of music and celebrating those who have continued to contribute to their symbiotic relationship.
August 20 Cornelia Street Cafe · New York City · 8:30-11 pm
63 Years in Greenwich VillageDavid Amram and his quartet (Kevin Twigg , drums and glockenspiel, Rene Hart, bass, Adam Amram, congas and percussion) are joined by actors, poets, singers, and musicians of all genres to celebrate the creative work done by Amram as an award -winning classical composer for the concert hall, multi-instrumentalist, collaborator with Jack Kerouac for the first public jazz/poetry readings ever presented in NYC in 1957, creator of scores for films and the theater and tireless advocate and pioneer of World Music decades before the term existed. The performances celebrate countless events since Amram´s arrival in the Village as a member of Charles Mingus Quintet in 1955 up to his current adventures of 2018 · No two shows are ever the same! Special guest Jose Pacheco will read his prise wed violining poem about Charlie Parker´s final performance in Greenwich Village and excerpts from Jack Kerouac´s On the Road.
August 27 to 30 · Louisville Kentucky · Day and Night
Celebrating the Poetry, Prose and Musical Legacy of the SouthAmram joins award winning poet and activist Ron Whitehead, providing music for Whitehead´s new CD of his poetry with Amram providing music music as well as performing his own tribute to his old friend Hunter S. Thompson.
November 8-11 · Stamford, Connecticut · Day and night
North East Regional Folk Alliance Annual conferenceAmram mentors young singer-songwriters, instrumentalists and improvisers on Global roots Music, how to accompany others, how improvise words as well as music and basic music theory
November 13 · at the IFA Theater in NYC · 7:15 pm
World Premiere screening of Oscar -winning director Barbara Kopple´s film New HomelandAmram composed, orchestrated and conducted the score
November 16 + 17 · Tarrytown New York · 7:00-11:00 PM
Amram Jam 88th birthday at the Jazz ForumDavid Amram Quintet and friends celebrate Amram´s 88th birthday at Mark Morganelli´s new Jazz Forum in Tarrytown NY · This is the 38th year Morganelli has organized an Amram Jam, since the first one he presented in NYC for Amram´s 50th · See Jazz Forum schedule for more details
November 30 · Cornelia Street Cafe · 8:00-12 PM
Tribute to the birthdays and collaborations of Cornelia Street founder Robin Hirsch and David Amram
December 1 · at Columbia University Butler Library · 2:00-5:00 PM
Celebration of their acquisition of the conductor Maurice Peress archive · Amram and Peress collaborated musically for 62 years.
December 4· Ann Arbor, Michigan · 3:00 PM
Amram flies to Ann Arbor Michigan for first rehearsal of his latest symphonic composition PARTNERS A double concerto for violin, cello and orchestra
December 5 · Ann Arbor, Michigan
Amram attends rehearsal of PARTNERS with soloists Jolyon Pegis, Maria Schleuning and conductor Kenneth Kiesler
December 6 · NYC
Amram flies to NYC to perform at Symphony Space for the 50th anniversary of radio host and New York Times journalist Robert Sherman´s award winning show "Woody's Children"
(See Symphony Space web page for details)
December 7 · Symphony Space Theater 95th and Broadway NYC · 7:30-11:00 PM
Amram performs for the 50th anniversary tribute to Robert Sherman´s show "Woody´s Children"(See Symphony Space webpage for details)
December 8 · Ann Arbor, Michigan
PARTNERS A double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestraAmram returns for the World Premiere
December 9 · all day
PARTNERS A double Concerto for violin, cello and orchestraAmram attends final rehearsal and World Premiere
December 11 · Beacon, NY
Amram returns to to resume composing "Voyages for Unaccompanied Violin"
December 15 · Beacon, NY · 2:00-5:00 PM
Amram filmed for Hunter Peress documentary feature film about conductor Maurice Peress.
December 16 · The Falcon · Marlboro, New York · 7:00-11:00 PM
Amram's 88th Birthday and Global Holiday Salute
December 18 · Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, NYC · 8:00-10:30 PM
Elmira Darvarova performs Amram´s "Violin Sonata"
December 19 Theater for the New City · 1st Ave between 9th and 10th Street, NYC · 8:00-11:30 PM
Annual Amram JamAmram´s classical chamber music compositions and his jazz , folk, world music, film and theater music, spoken word; A final celebration of his 63rd year in New York and his 88th year on the planet
December 20-January 5
Amram composes "Voyages for Unaccompanied Violin," works on his new book David Amram: The Next 80 Years and his musical and literary materials for the Lincoln Center Branch of the New York Public Library´s collection of his archive.
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