David Amram – multi-instrumental legend of folk, jazz, and world music who befriended and collaborated with iconic beat poet Jack Kerouac – joins forces with upstart folk band (and winner of Best Americana Music Album from the Independent Music Awards) Silver City Bound for Roots Music in the Music Room. Amram, the “Renaissance Man of American Music,” makes his Caramoor debut. Silver City Bound, with their catchy, high-energy, Americana blend of folk, classic country, zydeco/cajun, and jazz, returns following a crowd pleasing performance at Caramoor’s 2016 American Roots Music Festival.
David Amram’s “one of the most talented musicians in the universe!” – Pete Seeger
David Amram – Pull My Daisy
Silver City Bound – Take My Picture
Few people have left their mark on the world of music as David Amram. As a pioneering jazz multi-instrumentalist and improvisational singer, he has collaborated with Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Betty Carter, Gerry Mulligan, Charlie Parker, Nina Simone, Theloneous Monk, and Oscar Pettiford; in folk music with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Odetta, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Richie Havens, Judy Collins, Patti Smith, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Depp; in Latin music with Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Paquito d’Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, and Mongo Santamaria; and since creating the art form Jazz & Poetry with Jack Kerouac sixty years ago, he has collaborated with Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Lord Buckley. While introducing the traditional native music of Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Europe into his classical and jazz compositions over the past sixty years, he has been acclaimed The Father of World Music.
In 1956, Amram became the first composer-in-residence of Joseph Papp’s Shakespeare in the Park; in 1964, he was appointed as the first Music Director and composer-in-residence of Lincoln Center’s Repertory Theatre; and in 1966, he became the first composer-in-residence with the New York Philharmonic at the request of Leonard Bernstein. He is one of the most prolific and performed classical composers of the past half century. In addition to Bernstein, his collaborators have included Dimitri Metropoulos, Aaron Copland, Eugene Ormandy, and Sir James Galway. In the process, he has also conducted 75 of the world’s great orchestras, composed 2 operas, and the scores for 26 films and 24 Broadway plays.
In 2014, three Amram albums of classical music were released, and Lincoln Center honored him with a one-week long Amram Celebration upon acquiring his archives. In 2015, Amram’s docu-film bio DAVID AMRAM: The First 80 Years was released, along with his album THIS LAND: Symphonic Variations on a Song by Woody Guthrie. This summer, a five CD Box Set release, David Amram’s Classic American Movie Scores (1956 – 2016), includes his jazz music scores from Splendor in the Grass, The Manchurian Candidate, Pull My Daisy, and The Young Savages.; and his fourth memoir, David Amram: The Next 80 Years, will be released in 2017. At 85, while continuing to tour the world, David Amram works non-stop as a classical composer, multi-instrumentalist jazz and world music band leader, guest conductor, and awe inspiring teacher and lecturer (in five languages).
Silver City Bound is a New York City-based Americana band led by accordionist/keyboardist Sam Reider and guitarist Justin Poindexter. Combining soulful harmonies and award-winning songs with blazing accordion and dance grooves from around the world, the band has rock and rolled from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to concert halls, iconic dive bars and major festivals in twenty-six states and six countries.
Silver City Bound’s mission is to promote cross-cultural collaboration and dialogue through American roots music. In 2014 the band was chosen by the U.S. Department of State to tour China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam as cultural ambassadors. In 2016 the band toured Azerbaijan and Turkey, performing for thousands of young people and collaborating on a benefit concert for refugees with an Istanbul-based band made up of Turks, Syrians, Kurds, Iraqis, and Americans.
Silver City Bound (formerly The Amigos) released their debut album, Diner in The Sky, in February, 2014. Joined by bassist Noah Garabedian, drummer Will Clark, producer Devin Greenwood (Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones, Sweetback Sisters), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Show with Stephen Colbert), and legendary composer, musician, and beat poet David Amram, the album won Best Americana Music Album from the Independent Music Awards and propelled the band to appearances at CMJ, Folk Alliance International, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Cotati Accordion Festival, the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Silver City Bound has collaborated on stage with Jim Lauderdale, Dom Flemons, David Amram, Ranger Doug (of Riders in the Sky), The Time Jumpers, and Nellie McKay.
In 2015, the band changed their name to Silver City Bound, to better embody the spirit of the American roots musicians to which they are indebted. Their new EP, Take My Picture, was released in February 2016, and features four original songs and a new take on the classic love song “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man.” Soaring accordion, throaty electric guitar and a pulsing rhythm section echo the Flying Burrito Brothers, Tom Petty, Clifton Chenier, and the Band.
Justin Lafayette Poindexter hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. The son of a Nascar-endorsed country singer, Justin studied music composition at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts before moving to New York for a fellowship at Lincoln Center. He’s a self-professed garbage head and can tell you basically anything you want to know about any country, rock or soul band you’ve never heard of.
Sammy “Squeeze” Reider grew up in San Francisco, the official home of the squeeze box. Born into a family of classical musicians, Sam was touring professionally at young age and was featured on NPR’s Piano Jazz when he was 18 years old. He moved to New York to attend Columbia University, where he fell in love with folk music and studied songwriting in the Great Depression. Rumor says he’s a descendent of Gypsy Rose Lee.