Oct 25, 2006 — Composer, conductor and musician David Amram has been called "the Renaissance man of American music". Amram and Jack Kerouac collaborated on the first-ever jazz poetry reading in New York City in 1957. Amram has composed over 100 orchestral and chamber works, written two operas, and has worked with Leonard Bernstein, Dizzy Gillespie, Odetta, Arthur Miller and Tito Puente. Amram visited SUNY Potsdam this week to talk with students about music, literature and community. He spoke with Todd Moe about growing up in rural Pennsylvania, his career, music, misconceptions about the Beat Generation and using the internet to share his art.