April, 2011

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

April 2011

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Welcome to the April issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Left: Ran at the Siguenza Jazz Festival in Spain last December. See more of Esther Cidoncha’s jazz photos on her blog.

Upcoming Performances

in Boston and New York

abbeyRan has two performances scheduled in May:

On Tuesday, May 3, (tonight) Ran will perform at a concert produced by Anthony Coleman honoring Duke Ellington at the New England Conservatory. The 8 p.m. show at Jordan Hall is free. More information is available here.

On Sunday, May 15, Ran is performing a memorial concert in honor of Abbey Lincoln at Cobi’s Place in New York City. The 8 p.m. concert is titled “Nothing But the Truth.” The club is at 158 W. 48th St. Tickets are $20. For tickets and reservations, call (516) 624-9406.

Above poster by John Campopiano.

Live Album Coming Out May 17

Grey December

greydecemberRan’s next album, Grey December – Live in Rome, is slated for release May 17 on Tompkins Square Records. The album of solo piano was recorded Dec. 16 at the Casa Del Jazz in Rome.

One of Ran’s earlier albums was recorded in a movie theater and another in a train station, but this is Ran’s first live concert recording in front of an audience in a traditional venue.

The performance includes several original compositions that appear on record for the first time, as well as several standards.

Ran with David Eure

davideureRan with David Eure at Vernissage restaurant in Brookline on April 14. Eure, a jazz violinist who is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory, performed with his quartet. Photo by Carol McCarthy.

Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available on lulu.com. The book outlines Ran’s philosophy on development of the ear and explains how musical memory is the key to becoming a more potent musician and shaping a personal musical style.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit the department’s website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky.

This issue is a bit late to general life hecticness. We’ll see you at the end of the month.
–Steve

Vol. 7, No. 4

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