July, 2012

July 2012


Welcome to the July issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter. Click on the photo above to see a video of Ran performing his composition “Mahler Noir” at Auditório da Culturgest in Lisbon, Portugal on May 10.

Vilnius Noir review

“angst and tenderness”

vilniusnoirDuck Baker reviewed Vilnius Noir, Ran’s recent live LP with guitarist David “Knife” Fabris on No Business Records, in the August issue of The New York City Jazz Record. Excerpts follow:

“Fabris has found his own voice … Maybe this is what makes him such a good partner for Blake, another musician who has never seemed to have any doubt of his own unique identity. This assuredness contributes to the high level of trust that’s palpable here; Blake can always find a new angle knowing that Fabris will find an angle to that angle…

“There’s a lot of playfulness on this record, but a lot of tension, angst and tenderness as well, sometimes all at once, somehow.”

You can read the full review by downloading a PDF of the issue and going to page 22.

Upcoming Shows

Boston and Quebec

bagSeptember 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.


Ran and Cindi

ranwithcindiRan with Cindi, a friend who’s a fish vendor at the Brookline Farmers Market.

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.

Thanks for reading. We’ll see you at the end of August.

Vol. 8, No. 7

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