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 Posted:   Jun 19, 2020 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   James MacMillan   (Member)

In tomorrow's (Saturday 20th June) BBC Radio 3 broadcast of "Sound of Cinema", presenter Matthew Sweet interviews the 89-year old American composer David Amram.

(Just in case any film music aficionados in the UK might fancy tuning in...)

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 5:48 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

Wish I could hear it. I like his music, both in and out of films.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 6:00 AM   
 By:   leagolfer   (Member)

Wish I could hear it. I like his music, both in and out of films.

Its BBC radio you should get this on your laptop - if you can't I will post the link if that's allowed, Amram does interest me also I don't really know him that well this will be an insight into another golden agers history.

 
 Posted:   Jun 20, 2020 - 8:36 AM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

You can play it on BBC, available free for next 29 days.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000k838

He's certainly firing on all cylinders even at 90.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2020 - 1:27 PM   
 By:   Les Jepson   (Member)

Amazing! Ninety years of age next birthday, but he has the exuberance and lack of world-weary cynicism of a twenty-year-old.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 21, 2020 - 1:31 PM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Amazing! Ninety years of age next birthday, but he has the exuberance and lack of world-weary cynicism of a twenty-year-old.

I haven't heard it yet, Les, but your description could almost fit Gerald Fried.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2020 - 4:45 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Bumping this to the top in case I abandon it unwittingly among the Komeda doc and life's distractions. Heard the first 10 mins or so - He does sound on top form, and the music so far is great although the only film that I'm really familiar with is THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, which is brilliant.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2020 - 5:09 AM   
 By:   SJT69   (Member)

This was a very interesting interview and Mr Amram seems a most engaging personality - amazingly chipper for his age. However, I must admit that THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (which I love) is the only music of his that appeals to me thus far (and that includes the other pieces heard in this show which don't do a lot for me). I shall continue to investigate and any recommendations from those more "in-the-know" than myself of his work (both film score and non-film works) would be greatly appreciated.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2020 - 5:32 AM   
 By:   villagardens553   (Member)

I like the Greek/Turkish music for The Arrangement and Amram's latin jazz album Havana New York.

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 23, 2020 - 9:36 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Thanks to James (for the original announcement) and to Last (for the link).

I've just heard it all, and it's wonderful. Not so much - or not only - for the music, but for the opportubity to hear David Amram speaking so lucidly and inspirationally. He's an absolutely amazing guy. As for the music, I've always only really been familiar with the Main Titles for SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS (which I like) and THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE (which I love - both film and score). Other than those, the one that really caught my interest was the jazz waltz from AFTER THE FALL, which is kind of "Take Five"-ish in overall tone, with a big booting baritone sax solo in the middle.

But everything else is of interest, especially hearing Amram putting it in context. The poetry and jazz readings with Kerouac, his reminiscing about Allen Ginsberg (I was reminded of the splendidly witty Roger Corman film A BUCKET OF BLOOD), the Beat Generation stories in general... I loved it all.

Highlights among highlights are his very amusing variety of accents when recounting his life - the "Yeah but what do you DO?" (when people used to gauge how worthy of talking to he was depending on if he had a "proper" job or not), his stories about Kazan and Frankenheimer (when Amram asked the latter what kind of approach he should take on scoring one of his movies, the director replied, "The film will tell you what to do"). I was interested to hear that Amram had first worked with Frankenheimer for TV, on an adaptation of "The Turn of the Screw" starring Ingrid Bergman, for the show "Startime".

But as I say, it wasn't so much the Hollywood details, or even the music clips, which held my interest, but rather the enormous feeling of generosity and humility which Amram seemed to radiate, and which seems to be his philosophy for life. He's eternally grateful to those who have shared their time with him, and that's what he believes to be his "mission". It gets a little spiritual near the end when he talks of a recent phone conversation with Sonny Rollins (they're both due to turn 90 around the same time), and it's just great to hear.

Love all the "...ologies" mentioned. Amram is optimistic by nature and dislikes the negative vibes of "whineology" and "blameology". He loves life and feels that we should educate in order to make our children "enjoy the journey", as he believes life should be. Oh yeah, he might have seven honorary doctorates but he considers the key to be the fact that he sees himself as a "lifetime student of the University of Hangoutology"!

His homepage is fascinating - www.davidamram.com

I'm filled with benevolence now, and urge you all to listen to the show before it's too late (not meaning - strangely from me - the end of the world, but rather the amount of time it's going to be hanging around the airwaves, or whatever they're called).

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 9:41 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

I wanted to bump this because, although I "think" it's available (to all?) to be heard for the next nineteen days, there is the chance of me forgetting to remind you.

For all lovers of music, life, and aspiring students of The University of Hangoutology!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 10:06 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

The gentleman conducting the interview is hopefully not the dreaded 1990s indie-pop entertainer Mattthew Sweet, is it?

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 10:23 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

The gentleman conducting the interview is hopefully not the dreaded 1990s indie-pop entertainer Mattthew Sweet, is it?

The American rocker? No, I don't think so. I believe this one is the English writer-broadcaster. Just listen to Amram!

 
 
 Posted:   Jun 30, 2020 - 10:28 AM   
 By:   Preston Neal Jones   (Member)

Like Villagardens553, I've always loved Amram's music in and out of films. All too many of his most beautiful concert works are still available only on LP, but that's another story. I got to see him performing and chat a little with him at a local hangout a few years ago, and his wisdom and joie de vivre was everything that's been said about him on this thread. Thanks for posting it!

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 10:34 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

Strange - Although I already listened to this, it now says "Content not available in your area", but also "Available for over a year". Check it out if you possibly can. I think it was supposed to be around until the end of July.

Anyway, when trying to check the sell-by date, I noticed that BBC Sound of Cinema now has two new shows up (for a short period of time, but who knows) - one on Barry Gray and one on the "unexplored" (to the masses) side of John Williams. I've dipped into them and they work. Today at least.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 10:37 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

For me it says “not available in your area”. Dang.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 10:42 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

For me it says “not available in your area”. Dang.

Yavar


Not even the Barry Gray or the John Williams?

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Yavar Moradi   (Member)

No just the Amram. Those work.

Yavar

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 11:26 AM   
 By:   Graham Watt   (Member)

No just the Amram. Those work.

Yavar


Oh well Yavar... You can't say I didn't give you time to check if it ever was available at a radio near you.

 
 Posted:   Jul 20, 2020 - 5:31 PM   
 By:   Last Child   (Member)

Strange - Although I already listened to this, it now says "Content not available in your area", but also "Available for over a year". Check it out if you possibly can. I think it was supposed to be around until the end of July.

I posted on June 20 that it would be available for free for 29 days. It was discontinued on schedule.
The currently available programs are about Barry Gray and John Williams.

 
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