Salon chez Composenberg with composer David Amram

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I have got  to do more of these! My friend and esteemed saxophonist/composer/sound painter Dennis Shafer and his group ChagallPAC, along with poet Diana Norma, hosted a salon at my home that coincided with the Lowell Celebrates Kerouac festivalThe event was dedicated to the music of composer David Amram, who was kind enough to show up and honor us by sharing his enthusiasm for our event and compliments for our performances of his music.

I accompanied singer Meredith Borden in some of Amram’s Shakespeare songs from Twelth Night, saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and pianist Nicholas Shaneyfelt performed beautifully his Greenwich Village Portraits. Hulting-Cohen and Shafer, along with saxophonists Eck Sierra, Jon Amon, and Sean Mix, performed Shafer’s all-sax arrangement of Amram’s Wind Quintet. I performed my own toy piano piece, A Contrivance, and Diana Norma read her poetry accompanied by some soundpainting.

The Amram Jam at the Worthen House Attic happened a couple of days later, with Mr. Amram beginning the event with a Howl-style reading, and then accompanying many styles of performance (song, poetry, ocarina), on piano, pennywhistle, and drums. He took a short break while I performed A Contrivance (electric piano setting on glockenspiel), concurrently with improv by flautist Julee Avallone and poet Robert Sozanski.

What a feeling it is to be part of something unique like this.

 

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