This concert will introduce new material with featured performance by legendary David Amram, a pioneer of jazz French Horn and the NY Philharmonic’s First Composer in Residence (1966). Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the scores for the films Splendor in the Grass and The Manchurian Candidate; two operas, including the Holocaust opera The Final Ingredient, a comic opera Twelfth Night with a libretto by Joseph Papp; and the score for the 1959 film Pull My Daisy, narrated by novelist Jack Kerouac. He is also the author of three books: Vibrations, an autobiography; Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac, a memoir; and Upbeat: Nine Lives of a Musical Cat, all published by Paradigm Publishers. He is currently writing his fourth book, “David Amram: The Next 80 Years.” He also plays piano, numerous flutes and whistles, percussion, and dozens of folkloric instruments from 25 countries, as well as being an improvisational lyricist. He is one of BMI’s twenty most performed composers of concert music of the last thirty years.
Martha and Aaron met David in 2004 when they shared the stage at the Fillmore West in San Francisco in support for America Indian Movement leader/co-founder Dennis Banks’ Annual Sacred Run Aniishinabe Great Canoe Race fundraiser for Native American causes. They reconnected with David through Grammy-winning John McEuen, producer of Martha Redbone Roots Project CD “The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake’ in which David was a featured guest on “A Dream” playing a beautiful flute solo.