Sunday, June 22, 2008

"On the Road" at the IMA

What's an exhibition without an opening concert? David Amram performs from 7-9 p.m. Thursday (26 June) in the Pulliam Great Hall to celebrate the debut of "On the Road" at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis.

In 1957's New York, writer Jack Kerouac and musician/composer David Amram helped usher in the Beat Generation with jazz/poetry readings in Greenwich Village. The two collaborated for the rest of Kerouac’s life.

Now, Amram comes to Indy to play songs in Kerouac’s honor. Catch the sounds of Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, the Amram-composed score to the film Pull My Daisy, and other selections influenced by Kerouac’s diverse cultural taste.

Amram is a composer and conductor who has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Hunter S. Thompson, Willie Nelson and many more. He is also the author of the memoir Offbeat: Collaborating With Kerouac (2002). Local musicians jam with Amram for this musical tribute to Kerouac’s spirit!

Oh, yeah. The exhibition, "On the Road Again with Jack Kerouac and Robert Frank", runs Thursday through 21 September in the Schaefer and Gray Gallery.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is the 120-foot-long original typescript for Kerouac’s 1957 cross-country odyssey, On the Road, owned by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay. The manuscript, 84 feet of which will be on display, will be accompanied by 83 photographs taken by Robert Frank during his own two-year cross-country pilgrimage and published first in Europe in 1958 as Les Americains.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your nice article about the upcomng event at the indianapolis art museum this coming Thursday.
i am thrilled to be coming back to indianapolis again (playd Fam Aid at Hoosierdome with Willy Nelson and also guest-conducted the Indianapolis Symphny at Connor
Prarie but never dreamed that I would return to celebrate my work with Kerouac by accompanying people reading his words with my music as I did with him 50 years ago in NYC
ar frsr jazz/poetry readings ever given in NYC.

I'll be plaing with bassit Frank Smith and drummer Kenny Phelps and we will aslo honor great Napown musiians from the golden era of indiana Ave jazz scene masters, some of whom, lke JJ johnson, Kerouac wrote about and many of whom i knew and was blessd to play with when i first arrived to NYS 53 years ago and worked with Charles Mingus in NYC

First visited indiana Ave jazz venues in 1952 when in the army at Cmp Breckebridge and was taken by Indy trumpeter Whitey Harris to great jam sessions
We'll try to capture some of that spirit Thursday night at Museum.

all best
david amram