October, 2008

Ran Blake Newsletter
News From Ran Blake HQ

October 2008



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

Jazz Talk with Critic Ben Ratliff

at Brookline Booksmith

jazzearRan joins New York Times’ jazz critic Ben Ratliff at Brookline Booksmith Thursday, November 20 for an event promoting Ben’s new book, The Jazz Ear.

For the book, Ratliff sat down with 15 jazz luminaries (including Sonny Rollins, Ornette Coleman and Hank Jones) to discuss compositions that strongly influenced them and how they listen to music. The bookstore event will follow a similar format, with Ben and Ran listening to and discussing four or five key compositions in Ran’s life.

The event, which is free, goes from 7 to 8:30. The store is at 279 Harvard St., and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.


Ran Greets Friends in NYC


Conservatory Noir

NEC event in NYC

2nd Ran’s September 26 solo show as part of an NEC alumni event at the Third Street Settlement Music School in New York City went well, with Ran giving a strong performance and seeing many old friends. You can download the program here. Thanks to NEC’s Gabe Bolio for sending along photos from the event.


First Day Room

Halloween show at NEC

bunnyRan is gearing up for his annual fall student performance at the New England Conservatory, which focuses on the psychological thriller Bunny Lake Is Missing. The show, titled First Day Room (a reference to the site of a key scene), falls on Halloween.

The evening will include scenes from the film and musical and theatrical performances by NEC Contemporary Improvisation students and others, including 2006 grad Alonzo Harris.

The 1965 film, directed by Otto Preminger, tells the tale of a young mother, Ann Lake (played by Carol Lynley), who claims she has dropped her daughter Bunny off at a London school for her first day. When Ann comes to pick her up later in the day, Bunny is missing. In fact, there is no evidence of her ever having existed. Terrified, Ann relies on her brother Stephen Lake (Keir Dullea) and Detective Superintendent Newhouse (Laurence Olivier) to solve the mystery of Bunny’s whereabouts — or very existence.

The show, which is free, is at 8 p.m. at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Buffet Noir
Thai restaurant hosts pre-show shindig

As a warm-up to the Halloween concert, one of Ran’s favorite restaurants, Khao Sarn in Brookline, is hosting “Buffet Noir,” an evening of food and wine on Wednesday, October 29.

The buffet is honor of Miss Bunny Lake, the film’s 4-year-old title character. Costumes are encouraged, especially those related to the film, and musicians are invited to bring their instruments and play a song or two. Attendees also will view a few scenes from the film.

The cost is $15. Khao Sarn is located at 250 Harvard St., a short walk from Coolidge Corner. The event starts at 8:30 p.m. and reservations are required. For more information or to make a reservation, please email Noon at noonks@comcast.net.

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

We’ll see you in November.
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