NEC Awards Ran Honorary Degree
At the NEC commencement on May 21, Ran received an honorary degree. A certificate commemorating the award states:
“His image-laden piano style is haunting and unforgettable, and his innovative, aural-based teaching approach has promoted extraordinary individuality. With matchless charm and a black bag bursting with musical ideas, he has helped shape bold, balanced musicians who care for history and for each other.”
Hankus Netsky, who teaches improvisation and Jewish music at the Conservatory, delivered an eloquent introduction, excerpts of which follow:
“Ran has guided me, as he has guided a varied and distinguished cadre of other musicans, providing a model for a life in music that is truly an _expression of one’s own personal essence, a life of perpetual learning and constant reinterpretation, a life of artistic _expression without even a hint of compromise.
“Ran weaves a dense musical narrative informed by sources known and unknown: the field holler, the gospel shout, the transcendentalism of Charles Ives, the cafes of Athens, the cries of the displaced, the mysterious look James Stewart gives Kim Novak in Vertigo. It’s all part of his musical self portrait, a signature sound that has inspired so many of us…”
Click here to read the full text of Hankus’ introduction.