January, 2018 Newsletter
Dominique Eade & Ran Blake
Sat., Feb. 3rd @ 8pm
MIT’s Killan Hall
On the heels of their New York appearance, named one of the best performances of 2017 by Nate Chinen of WGBO and highlighted by the New York Times as one of the “Ten Things to do in NYC Now,” New England Conservatory faculty members and long-time musical partners vocalist Dominique Eade and pianist Ran Blake continue and extend the celebration of their widely-acclaimed 2017 Sunnyside recording, Town and Country on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at MIT’s Killian Hall, 160 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA.
Voted the #2 Jazz Vocal CD by the 2017 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll, Town and Country brings listeners on a journey through the American folk tradition with unique takes on Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, traditional folk tunes, gospel classics and more. On February 3, they will expand their repertoire to include original music and obscure standards.
Four and a half stars. “[Blake and Eade] can instantly access deep emotional and musical essences…chilling the bones and soothing the soul.
– Kirk Silsbee, Downbeat


 “Likewise, their take on ‘Moon River’ is everything you could possibly want from that song. This isn’t just the best protest jazz album of the year so far, it’s the best album of 2017.” 
– Alan Young, New York Music Daily
Both Blake and Eade have taught MIT students through its Emerson Scholarship Program and have been frequent featured guest artists on MIT concerts.
NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department Presents the
13th Annual Film Noir Concert:
Cría Cuervos
Wed, Feb 21st @ 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
For NEC’s 13th annual Film Noir Concert Series producers Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley meld cult classic Spanish films, Carlos Saura’s Cria Cuervos and Victor Erice’s Spirit of the Beehive. Both films feature a young Ana Torrent (playing the role of “Ana” in both films), struggling through the traumas of an adult Franco era world through the eyes and imagination of a child.
For this concert, the stories of both Anas are woven together as she navigates the trauma of her beloved mother’s loss and the death of her father in Cria Cuervos, and conjures up her own fantasy world chasing monsters in Spirit of the Beehive.
Working with the original score along with new compositions and improvisations in a wide range of genres, Contemporary Improvisation students and the CI Chamber Ensemble (directed by CI Co-Chair Eden MacAdam-Somer), the NEC Jazz Orchestra (directed by Jazz Chair Ken Schaphorst), and special guests, alumni Tupac Mantilla (percussion) and Burcu Gulec (voice), re-create a compelling soundtrack in real time.
Please join us for another year of noir!
Wed, February 21st, 2018
New England Conservatory
Jordan Hall
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
Free and Open to the Public!
NEC’s Concert Listing: CLICK HERE