Daniel ben Avram
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Daniel ben Avram


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"Concert notes for Ave Maria"

Contemporary composer and performer Daniel Zwickel ben Avram has written close to 1000 compositions inmany genres and languages. His works include instrumental pieces, as well as sacred and secular works for solo voice and choral ensemble. Ben Avram is also a violinist, guitarist, singer (troubadour), cantor and, like his parents before him, a devoted peace activist.

The Ave Maria forms one brief but expressive movement of a multi-movement work titled: "Metanoia - a Universalist Mass," whose genesis occurred as an artistic offering to counter the rage felt during the terrible after-math of the 9–11 attacks. The compositional style of the Ave Maria is rooted in contemporary vocal jazz harmonic practice, but its melody, lovely in its tender simplicity, and its complex but smoothly flowing harmonic progressions do artistic justice to the venerable prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus.

Daniel has been a valued friend of this writer for over 45 years. I Cantori is honored to offer the first full choir performance of his Ave Maria. - I Cantori di Carmel


I've always been of modest ambition, content to be a working musician for more than three decades. Now, after writing hundreds of folk/pop love songs, I'm recording a CD of sacred music. Maybe it's from sixteen years as a cantor in a Catholic church and a Jew and five and a half decades of social activism. Wanna hear me? Go to: www.PleaseListen.ws.



I'm a modest version of Bernstein, of considerably lower-tier genius. I am an excellent, literate 38 year professional musician, a decent guitar player with a strong baritone voice. I've written hundreds of compositions in many genres and played every type of venue from Mafia dives to Candlestick Park (hey, me & the Beatles, eh wot!) and all the inbetweens, churches, bars, restaurants and country clubs and the Great Outdoors.

(On the side I design and host Websites for peace & social justice organizations, and play law clerk, but I'm cautioned, don't give up my night job.)