At Home around the World – David Amram

damra5   A long time ago (use your imagination), I drove David Amram and his buddy, Victor Venegas around Boulder for a week of festivities honoring Allen Ginsberg.  Hauling equipment, getting everyone to the gigs on time, finding something to eat.  It was fun.  I had been a fan for years and couldn’t believe my luck.  Mr. Amram, as I called him, has been around the block more than a few times and has met and played with all kinds of people – Kerouac, Corso, Ginsberg, Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Willie Nelson, Dylan, Nina Simone, Ramblin’ Jack, Monk, Odetta, Tito Puente, Betty Carter, Pete Seeger.  It’s endless.  The guy never sleeps and I wonder if he ever has.

Home on the Range      damra2

He’s got more energy and puts it to more use than anyone I’ve ever seen.  He’s a composer, performer, writer, artist, traveler, father, farmer, and all around cultural resource and treasure.  He plays everything from whistles to French horn, piano to percussion.  He was Composer in Residence with Leonard Bernstein and the NY Philharmonic, jammed with everyone and anyone, and has championed World Music for decades.  He wrote his autobiography when he was about 12, or 30, or something, and has documented his adventures and thoughts in two additional books.  He has embodied and promoted music of every kind, since he first received a bugle at age six.  Mr. Amram is a generous force of nature, tirelessly sharing joy, melody, and rhythm everywhere he goes.

Birds of Montparnasse        damr1

About Ted Ringer

I am a writer, artist, and listener. Great music is everywhere and has no limits. Some of it is well-orchestrated and some is short and sweet. It can spring out of a moment of deep feeling or result from long periods of development. Music is communication, inspiration, and a million other things. This blog wants to share the wealth and keep toes tapping.
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One Response to At Home around the World – David Amram

  1. Kit Tennis says:

    David Amram is one of a few artists that I can unequivocally say makes me grateful to live at the same time as he is creating magic in this realm. Seems to me you, or Paul Winsauer, turned me on to Amram (an album containing the second song in your blog) in the 17th Street house and I’ve been hooked ever since. What a treat to hear him here.

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