SQUAWK COFFEEHOUSE is pleased to announce a benefit for legendary composer and conductor, David Amram, on Thursday, June 29, 2000 at the Harvard Epworth Methodist Church, 1555 Mass. Ave., Harvard Square, Cambridge, beginning at 9:00 p.m to 12 mid., doors open at 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10.00; for more info call (617) 868-3661.
The headliner act features spoken word artist JASON EISENBERG with his unique brand of The Lord Buckley Channel with back-up music by the JAZZ ORCHESTRA of the ROYAL COURT. Other performers will include WILLIE ALEXANDER's underground music icon; EERO RUUTILLA, nationally recognized organic farmer/poet; BROTHER BLUE, world famous Cambridge-based storyteller; VOLKER NAHRMAN, jazz bassist and long-time collaborator with Amram; KATE MANNYNG, celestial Celtic harpist, SCOTT PITTMAN from Lowell-based The Shods, and KATT HERNANDEZ on electric violin. Noted poets will also be featured, among them: RICHARD CAMBRIDDE, LEE "Coffeehouse Ange" KIDD, long-time blues poet; STEVE HEMENWAY, illuminating jazz poet; poetess MARY CLAIRE WELLINGER and writer MARK FISHER, two Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival coordinators; JESSA "Mo Po" LYNN, and MICK "Professor of Surrealism" CUSIMANO.
Proceeds of this event will go to David Amram, his wife Lora Lee, and their three children, Alana, Adira, and Adam whose Peekskill, New York home was destroyed by fire. The fire occurred in October 1999, and the home was uninsured, so they are rebuilding from scratch due to the extensive damage.
David Amram's musical career began when he first moved to Greenwich Village in the early 1950's, and began playing jazz with classic bebop musicians, and became acquainted with Jack Kerouac at the old Five Spot. In Spring 1959, David wrote the musical score to the class Beat film "Pull My Daisy" starring Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, and Peter Orlovsky.
First appointed composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic in 1966-67, the Boston Globe described David Amram as "the Remaissance man of American music." Composer of over 100 orchestral and chamber works, and two operas, he is renown as a jazz and classicalmulti-instrumentalist who has toured from Brazil to Cuba, from Kenya to Egypt, and has appeared extensively on national television and radio. He has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus, Dustin Hoffman, Charlie Parker, Thelonius Monk, Oscar Pettiford, Willie Nelson, Betty Carter, Odetta, Arthur Miller, and Tito Puente. In 1994, David was part of the NYU-sponsored Beat Generation Conference at Town Hall and has featured since at the annual Lowell Celebrates Kerouac Festival in October.
David and Lora Lee are active in community and global events. Loss of their home is a loss to us all. A benefit was held in January at the Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, N.Y. organized by Pete and Toshi Seeger and other friends. Another was held earlier this month at St. Mark's Church in Manhattan, courtesy of the Poetry Project in New York City. We hope that the Amram family's friends in greater Boston and Lowell will also show support in David and Lora Lee's time of need.
Squawk Cofeehouse at Harvard Epworth Church
1555 Mass. Ave., Cambridge,MA
(next to Harvard Law School's Pound Hall,
across from the Cambridge Common
at the Harvard Square end of Mass Ave)