A celebration of David Amram’s 84th birthday and the legacy of Pete Seeger
(Long Island, NY) On Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7pm, Producer Jason Samel of Movement Music Records, sponsored in part by Exit Realty Universal in association with Love Revolution Org and Gold Coast Arts Center presents “David Amram’s 84th Birthday Concert: Remembering Pete Seeger” at The Hillwood Recital Hall At Tilles Center on campus at LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd, Brookville, NY 11548. Net proceeds will benefit the 501 (c)(3) not for profit Gold Coast Arts Center, a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach.
The evening’s performers will include David Amram and his quintet (David Amram, Kevin Twigg, Rene Hart, Robbie Winterhawk and Adam Amram) as well as friends he shared with the late Pete Seeger including Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary), 3 time Grammy award winning Tom Chapin, Holly Near with Emma’s Revolution, Guy Davis, Garland Jeffreys, Kim & Reggie Harris, Joel Rafael, The Amigos, The Chapin Sisters, Bethany & Rufus and the Connecticut State Troubadour Kristen Graves. The event will be hosted by Tony Traguardo, and John Platt of WFUV.
This family of musicians feels honored to mark David Amram’s 84th birthday with a celebration of the life of their mutual friend, Pete Seeger. In years past these musicians would regularly be found sharing the stage with Pete. They continue to share the stage with him through remembrance and acknowledgement of his spirit’s presence in all their music and activism. We credit Pete as a great organizer and musician who blazed a path for so many by indelibly linking his music and activism. We thank him for bringing songs like Guantanamera and Wimoweh to the United States, for turning the traditional song “I Will Overcome” to “We Shall Overcome” and teaching it to Dr. Martin Luther King. Pete Seeger brought American Folk music into the homes of millions of Americans and those in countless countries around the world. As we remember Pete we equally acknowlege Toshi, Pete’s wife of seventy years who passed six months before him. Their devotion to each other and to their work was larger than life and lives on in across the globe in many ways.
David Amram is an American composer, conductor, multi-instrumentalist, and author. As a classical composer and performer, his integration of jazz (including being one of the first to improvise jazz on the French horn), folkloric and world music has led him to work with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus, Pepper Adams, Leonard Bernstein, Sir James Galway, Tito Puente, Mary Lou Williams, Joseph Papp, Arthur Miller, Arturo Sandoval, Stan Getz, Pete Seeger, Elia Kazan, Christopher Plummer, Ingrid Bergman, Odetta, Lord Buckley, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Allen, Machito, Earl “Fatha” Hines, Allen Ginsberg, Nina Simone, Gregory Corso, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, T.S. Monk, Hunter S. Thompson, Johnny Depp, Levon Helm, Betty Carter and Jack Kerouac. In the early 1950s, he was encouraged to pursue his unique path by mentors such as Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, the New York Philharmonic’s conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos, Miles Davis, Aaron Copland, Gunther Schuller, and visual artists Jackson Pollock, Joan Mitchell, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. Today, as he has for over 70 years, Amram continues to compose music while traveling the world as a conductor, soloist, bandleader, visiting scholar, and narrator in five languages.
Tickets for the show go on sale Thursday, October 2nd for $55 in advance and can be purchased by visiting www.brownpapertickets.com.
There is also a VIP meet and greet with the performers available for an additional $45.
For more information about the Gold Coast Arts Center, visit www.goldcoastarts.org.
About the Gold Coast Arts Center
The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region free of charge. Through our School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, Free public art gallery, Concert and lecture series, and Outreach programs, we are able to bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region. Our year round film screening and discussion series and the Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 4th year round out the offerings for tens of thousands of regional residents. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.