June, 2008

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

June 2008

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Welcome to the June issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter.

Photographer’s Book Features Ran

Teaching Musicians

bookRan is among 60 musician/educators featured in a new book, Teaching Musicians: A Photographer’s View, by Diane Griliches.

The photo of Ran shows him giving a lesson to a trumpeter. Accompanying text highlights his approach to teaching, noting that “he eschews musical notation … he wants his students to concentrate on listening, and one course is called ‘earobics’.”

Many of the book’s subjects are NEC alumni and current or former NEC staff, including Frank Battisti, Dorothy DeLay, Dominique Eade, Anne Hobson Pilot, Joe Maneri, Cecil McBee, Bob Moses, Hankus Netsky, Danilo Perez, Kenneth Radnofsky, Roger Voisin, and Ben Zander. Other notable subjects include Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Heath, Bobby McFerrin and Ravi Shankar.

Teaching Musicians is available at bookstores and from Amazon and Bunker Hill Publishing.

Summer Classes Canceled

low enrollment cited

Regrettably, Ran’s June course on Alfred Hitchcock and his August course on Gunther Schuller had to be canceled due to insufficient enrollment. Ran was disappointed but intends to use the extra time to focus on other projects, including his archives, upcoming performances, two books, and, believe or not, a newfound fascination with algebra.

New Performances Announced

Brookline and New York

BAGRan has added two shows to his schedule — a group performance in Brookline in August and a solo show in New York City in September.

The ensemble show is August 28 at Vernissage, a Russian restaurant at 1627 Beacon Street in Brookline that recently starting hosting live jazz. Ran will be joined by David “Knife” Fabris (guitar) and Joel Yennior (trombone). The show starts at 8 p.m., and the cover charge is $20. Dinner and a full bar are also available. Call (617) 566-3340 for more information.

The solo show is Sept. 26, as part of a New England Conservatory alumni event at the Third Street Settlement Music School in New York City. The school is at 235 East 11th Street (between 2nd & 3rd Avenues), and the show will be open to the general public. We’ll have more info as soon as it becomes available.

Finally, Ran is expected to perform October 2 at a tribute concert at NEC honoring Jimmy Giuffre, a renowned composer, arranger and saxophone and clarinet player who died last April.

July CD Sale

buy 3 get 1 free

monkUntil July 31, it’s buy 3 CDs and get 1 free (instead of the usual 4+1 offer available to the general public). Order 3 CDs from ranblake.com, and then enter the word “newsletter” and the title of your bonus choice in the “Notes/ Instructions” box that appears just before you complete your order. Bonus album must list for $15 or less and be in stock.

Thanks for reading. You can reach Ran directly at ran@ranblake.com, and you can read back issues here.

We’ll see you at the end of July.
–Steve
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