David Amram, the “Renaissance Man of American Music” (Boston Globe), was a frequent performer and friend of the Cafe au Go Go since its opening 50 years ago. As a multi-instrumental musician who plays more than 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, 2 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 David 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.
The Amigos Band (formerly The Tres Amigos) is a collective built on the belief that all genres of American music are branches of the same tree. They blend forms from country to zydeco, bluegrass to jazz, with intricate vocal harmony and a style all their own. The Amigos Band has appeared in recent performances with Pete Seeger, David Amram, New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and Nellie McKay. They recently gave sold-out performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center. In 2013, the Amigos were chosen to serve as American cultural ambassadors for the American Music Abroad program by the U.S. Department of State. Their multi-country cultural exchange program will include public concerts, interactive performances with local traditional musicians, lecture demonstrations, workshops, jam sessions and media interviews and performances. They recently released their first album, Diner in the Sky, a mix of original and traditional American songs.
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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