at Greenwich House Music School
Scenes from a Café with DAVID AMRAM,
TERRI THAL, MATT UMANOV and moderator ASHLEY KAHN
Live Performance by STEVE CUIFFO as LENNY BRUCE
|Join us as we celebrate the would-be 50th anniversary of Café au Go Go, with original footage of artists performing at the Café in ‘Seven Years Underground: A 60s Tale’ directed by Jason Solomon, son of the original Café owners, Howard and Elly Solomon. A panel discussion will follow about the origination and history of the Café as music venue with David Amram, Terri Thal, Matt Umanov and moderator Ashley Kahn. Following a brief intermission,Steve Cuiffo performs Café alum Lenny Bruce’s material verbatim and in character.David Amram, the “Renaissance Man of American Music” (Boston Globe), was a frequent performer and friend of Café au Go Go since its opening 50 years ago. As a multi-instrumental musician versed in over 35 instruments, he introduced the French horn to jazz (along with Julius Watkins) more than sixty years ago while playing with many of the 1950`s jazz legends, such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Oscar Pettiford. Some of his other musical collaborators include Bob Dylan, Tito Puente, Pete Seeger, Willie Nelson, Jack Kerouac, Odetta, Leonard Bernstein, Richie Havens, Arthur Miller, Langston Hughes, Joe Papp, Elia Kazan, Antonio Carolos Jobim, Patti Smith, Paddy Chayefsky, Steve Martin, Archibald MacLeish, John McEuen and Johnny Depp. Amram has conducted 75 of the world’s great orchestras, and composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, two operas, 23 Broadway scores, and 21 film scores, including the classic films Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, and Pull My Daisy. He is also a progenitor of international indigenous folk music to America over the past half century and has been referred to as the “Father of World Music.” Amram has authored three books, and has written the forewords to new biographies of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. Andrew Zuckerman’s book and feature film documentary Wisdom: The Greatest Gift One Generation Can Give to Another, features Mr. Amram as one of the World’s 50 Elder Thinkers and Doers. The symphonic live recording of Amram’s composition THIS LAND: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie, as conducted by David Amram with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will be released in April 2014, along with the DVD release of Lawrence Kraman’s feature length documentary film, DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years. Website: http://david-amram.blogspot.com
Ashley Kahn is an author, educator, music journalist, and concert producer. A professor of music history and criticism at New York University who lectures at other institutions as well, his books include A Love Supreme: The Story of John Coltrane’s Signature Album, and Kind of Blue: The Making of the Miles Davis Masterpiece. Kahn’s writing has generated two Grammy nominations, three ASCAP/Deems Taylor Awards, and two Book of the Year distinctions from the Jazz Journalists Association.
Terri Thal was well known in the vibrant Greenwich Village art scene of the 1960s. During that time, she was married to (and managed) Village folk legend Dave Van Ronk, who is the inspiration behind Joel and Ethan Coen’s movie Inside Llewyn Davis. She also managed other folksingers, including Bob Dylan (for a year), the Holy Modal Rounders, Maggie and Terre Roche and Paul Geremia. A recent article Thal wrote on Inside Llewyn Davis generated intense discussion in the music and film worlds about whether the movie accurately reflected the folk music scene of the 60s.
Matt Umanov is the founder of Matt Umanov Guitars on Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. Since 1965, his store has been a must-visit for any guitarist passing through New York City who can explore his eclectic collection of guitars, amps, pedals, and other accessories. Over the years, Umanov has become equally well known for his deep knowledge of the guitar and the history behind the instrument.
Celebrated performer Steve Cuiffo has immersed himself in the work of Lenny Bruce, delivering sublime, hyper-real, verbatim resurrections of the great American thinker’s monologues. Fifty years after his death, Bruce’s often prophetic, freedom-loving skewering of American culture is as dazzling, hilarious and insightful as ever.
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Greenwich House Music School is a program of Greenwich House which was founded in 1902 as a settlement house to help Greenwich Village’s immigrant population adjust to life in NYC. Today, the staff remains true to its founder’s mission to help individuals and families lead more fulfilling lives by offering social and health services, cultural and education programs and opportunities for civic involvement to nearly 15,000 New Yorkers of all ages and backgrounds annually. For more information about Greenwich House, contact Parisa Esmaili at firstname.lastname@example.org