ReMembering Allen Ginsberg. Honouring David Amram
Thu, July 04, 2013 – Sat, July 06, 2013, Festival
In honor of jazz virtuoso David Amram and Allen Ginsberg, one of the key figures of the Beat Generation, a three-day festival is to take place at the ZKM from July 4 to 6. Alongside a European premiere and a further film screening, there will also be a concert with two famous jazz musicians and a BEAT BRUNCH with a poetry reading.


Thu, July 04, 2013

8 p.m., ZKM_Cube, admission free

Film Screening with European Premiere

The suporting film "Pull my Daisy" is the photographer Robert Franck’s first film in collaboratin with Alfred Leslie. All the important themes of the Beat Generation who sought to provide an alternative to the existing order with their poetic designs and lifestyles, are treated.
According to Allen Ginsberg, this short film is one of the first film manifestos, which show a new wave of films on the fringes of Hollywood productions, in which the actors present themselves as they were in real life: impartial and spontaneous.

On the same evening, the main film "David Amram – The first 80 years" celebrates its European premiere at the ZKM. It provides insights into the life and influence of David Amram, who produced music with Allen Ginsberg, shot films with Jack Kerouac, with whom he together brought into being the so-called Jazz Poetry Sessions, even when Leonard Bernstein’s second conductor directed the biggest orchestra in the world. However, David Amram is, first and foremost, a jazz great, who travelled the globe with musicians such as Bob Dylan, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie or Paquito D’Rivera, who composed numerous concert pieces and film music and even today, at over 80 years old travels the world as ambassador of creativity and peace. David Amram will be present in person at the event.

Fri, July 05, 2013

9 p.m., ZKM_Cube, admission 20 € / AK 25 € plus fee (Tickets online)

Concert with David Amram and Emil Mangelsdorff

feat. Erwin Ditzner (dr), Judith Goldbach (b), Thomas Siffling (tr), Matthias Ockert (g)
A reunion will take place at the ZKM 60 years after the last meeting: together with Emil Mangelsdorff, one of the legendary jazz musicians and David Amram will appear together on stage as they did in the mid-1950s.
Owing to National Socialism, due to his love of jazz and because he belonged to the Hot Club Frankfurt, Emil Mangelsdorff was incarcerated for three weeks by the Gestapo. At the age of 87, he is today considered a true institution of German and international saxophone playing. As one of the last representatives of Bepop – a movement in jazz – the bearer of the Federal Cross of Merit continues to give concerts on a regular basis. As part of his experiments in the sphere of jazz and poetry, Mangelsdorff, together with his Quartett and Sebastian Norden released a sound version of the Ginsberg works "Howl" and "America".

Sat, July 06, 2013

from 11 a.m., ZKM_Music Balcony, admission free


To conclude the festival, the ZKM will be hosting a Beat brunch at which the music of the Beat years will be playing. Furthermore, the "Open Mike" invites visitors to recite their own favorite poem, and David Amram will offer stories about Allen Ginsberg and the Beat Generation.
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