Welcome to the October issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Ran with fellow pianists (and MacArthur Fellowship Grant recipients) Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer on September 30 at the New England Conservatory. Moran and Iyer were in Boston to lead a joint master class.

Photo: Aaron Hartley

Upcoming Appearances: Baltimore & DC
Thursday, December 4 — Ran performs solo at An Die Musik in Baltimore at 8 p.m. The club is at 49 N. Charles St. Tickets are $20; $15 for students. Call (410) 385-2638 for more information.

Saturday, December 6 — Ran teaches a master class at 2 p.m. at the Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St.) in Washington, D.C. Ran will highlight ideas from his book, Primacy of the Ear, and perform solo and with students. Call (202) 399-7993 for more information.

Cocktails Update
Last month we told you about the impending release of Ran’s Cocktails at Dusk: A Noir Tribute to Chris Connor on the Impulse label. The album was scheduled to come out in October, but apparently the release has been delayed. The album is listed on a number of European websites, including Amazon France (which now has a release date of November 4) so presumably it won’t be long now. We’ll keep you posted.

Honoring Julia Sutton

Ran’s program notes for his performance at NEC’s tribute to musicologist Julia Sutton on October 22 are available on his blog. Ran performed “The Short Life of Barbara Monk.”

Private Lessons

Ran is available for private lessons in December. Potential areas of focus include long-term melodic and harmonic memory, repertoire development, and sequencing a performance. For details, contact Ran directly at ran@ranblake.com.

Ran Recommends…

Ran encourages music fans in New England to attend these upcoming events. (Ran will not be performing.) For additional recommendations, please visit Ran’s calendar.

November 4 — Music of John Zorn at NEC. Details here.

November/December — “In the Mix” series at NEC. Free club-style sets from student groups, usually three different acts each night. For details, go here and click on a date.

November 15 — Saxophonist James Merenda and Ticklejuice at the Zullo Gallery in Medfield, Mass. Details here.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit its website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky. Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available from lulu.com.

Thanks for reading. We’ll see you in November.
Steve

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