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10 Years of Film Noir at  

New England Conservatory 

April 13, 2015 8pm

Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) 

Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake, who celebrates his 80th birthday on August 20, and trombonist Aaron Hartley celebrate their 10th year in coproduction of New England Conservatory‘s famed Film Noir series with “Gaslighting,” a tantalizing mélange of scenes from Patrick Hamilton‘s original screenplay, Gaslight (also known as Angel Street, 1938), Gaslight (1940, directed by Thorold Dickinson) and Gaslight (1944, directed by George Cukor).

As young Mrs. Manningham is driven slowly insane by her treacherous husband, members of the NEC Storyboard Noir Ensemble, coached by Aaron Hartley, create an original score, responding to the drama through improvisations, recompositions, and reinterpretations of works by Konrad Elfers, Bernard Herrmann, Gustav Holst, and Johann Strauss II.

Other NEC musicians performing on this concert include Eden MacAdam-Somer with NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Chamber Ensemble; actress/singer Greta DiGiorgio; alto saxophonist Mark Zaleski; pianist Jason Moran; NEC President Tony Woodcock; jazz department chair Ken Schaphorst with the NEC Jazz Orchestra; and piano department chair Bruce Brubaker.

Members of Aaron Hartley’s Storyboard Noir Ensemble play a key role in this annual Film Noir concert. Each fall, ensemble members engage in a rich exploration of creating music for film, through aural study of original scores, development of student compositions in tandem with traditional repertoire, and collective improvisation.

Price: Free

NEC’s FREE concerts do not require a ticket, unless stated in concert listing. Unreserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert’s start time.



NEC President, Tony Woodcock

A Special Shout Out from NEC’s President,  

Tony Woodcock
“… Ran Blake has spent the last ten years devoting himself to a very special film noir performance project at NEC where each year he selects a classic such as Laura, a collection of Brandos, works of Claude Chabrol, Cat People, The Spiral Staircase, Bunny Lake is Missing and I Walked with a Zombie. The movie is screened in part, sometimes with fragments of the original sound track but more often with new music or arrangements performed by students in the CI department. It makes for an unforgettable musical and filmic event of originality and wonder.”

~ Tony Woodcock

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Ran Blake & Christine Correa 

The Road Keeps Winding: a Tribute to Abbey Lincoln

Check out this new video that is a part of a series from Red Piano Records on Ran’s reflections of Abbey Lincoln and his recent recordings with Christine Correa. We’ll tell you more about this great project in April’s newsletter.


Steve Mardon

Steve Mardon

A Special Thank You to Steve Mardon for a Solid 10 Years of the Newsletter! 

After ten years of friendship, loyalty, and his professional skills as an editor and publicist, Steve Mardon, is resigning from my newsletter in order to take on a new job and to spend more quality time with his children. I want to sincerely thank him for starting the newsletter and helping me stay in touch with all of you over so many years. I wish him and his family my very best for a happy and healthy future.
illustration-check-this-outRan Recommends

Check out Ran’s calendar page for concerts he recommends in and around Boston. There’s a lot of great music coming up, including many student recitals.

Huesca Film Festival Headquarters Ran w/ Portrait of Carlos Saura

Huesca Film Festival Headquarters Ran w/ Portrait of Carlos Saura

Good Times in Europe!

Ran had a great time in Europe where he played in Milan, Italy, Santander, Spain, and Huesca, Spain. For more photos, videos, stories, and reviews from the concerts, please visit this page.