August, 2012

August 2012


Welcome to the August issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter. This issue includes several photos from Ran’s July trip to Paris, which included two performances as well as time for Ran to catch up with old friends.

Photo by Rossana Acosta-Peyrot

Live in Paris

soloRan performs July 27th at Sunside/Sunset in Paris at a duo show with vocalist Sara Serpa. Photo by Jesus Manuel Alvarez.

French-speaking readers can read a review of the show in Jazz Magazine here.

Dining In

diningRan enjoys a bite with Genevieve Danchin, who hosted a meal for Ran and his fellow travelers. Photo by Rossana Acosta-Peyrot.

Upcoming Events

Boston and Quebec

September 4 — Ran and several other Contemporary Improvisation faculty members perform at the New England Conservatory’s annual back to school concert. The 8 p.m. show at Brown Hall (290 Huntington Ave.) is free. Read more about it here.

October 17 — Ran performs a tribute to Alfred Hitchcock’s “I Confess” at the Quebec City Jazz Festival. Read about the festival and buy tickets here.

October 27 — Ran will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Conservatory’s Alumni Association as part of the Contemporary Improvisation Department’s 40th anniversary. The event, titled “Ran Blake: A Life in Music,” is being curated by Aaron Hartley and will feature musical and video tributes and a live interview conducted by Hankus Netsky. It begins at 10 a.m. at NEC’s Williams Hall. Read more about 40th anniversary events here.

Ran and Sara

ransaraSara sings to an appreciative audience. Photo by Jesus Manuel Alvarez.

Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available on 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.

Thanks for reading. We’ll see you in September.

Vol. 8, No. 7

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