Welcome to the August issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Ran with a visitor (Stan). Photo by Grant Randall.

Ran Wants Your Feedback 

Ran recently recorded two versions of his composition
“Obama” and would like your opinion. Just go to this page,

listen to the different versions, and e-mail your thoughts to ran@ranblake.com.

Upcoming Boston Area Performances

September 2 — Ran will play “Memphis” at the New England Conservatory’s annual Contemporary Improvisation department “back to school” concert at Brown Hall. The show is free and starts at 7:30 p.m. Read more about it here.

October 22 — Ran will be among the performers at NEC for “The Marriage of Music and Dance: A Celebration Honoring the Late Julia Sutton.” More details to come.

Film Noir Course Description 

This fall Ran is teaching a class at NEC titled “Film Noir: 1950-1955,” which surveys a dozen films from this era, including The Asphalt Jungle, Strangers on a Train, The Blue Gardenia, Pickup on South Street, and The Wild One. Fans of the genre may be interested in reading Ran’s detailed course description — to do so just click on the image below.

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 September.
Steve

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