March, 2012



Welcome to the March issue of Ran’s monthly newsletter. This month marks the release of Down Here Below, a duet album with vocalist Christine Correa. Read more about it below.

Three Upcoming Shows

Kalamazoo, Lisbon and Boston

blackbagRan has three upcoming shows:

April 30 — Ran performs a solo tribute to Abbey Lincoln in Kalamazoo, Michigan — her hometown — as part of the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival. Read more about the festival here.

May 11 — Ran and vocalist Sera Serpa are playing a duo gig in Lisbon, Portugal at Auditorio da Culturgest. Read more here.

June 5 — Ran and composer and pianist Alla Cohen present “an evening of counterpoint” with Darby the red Persian cat at the Old South Church Chapel (645 Boylston Street) in Boston. Read more here.

Ran on YouTube

The Man I Love

maniloveThere are dozens of videos of home-made soundtracks to Ran’s recordings on youtube, but this recent addition, courtesy of “paganmaestro,” is more professional than most. It combines black and white imagery with Ran and saxophonist Steve Lacy’s performance of George Gershwin’s “The Man I Love,” from the 1991 album That Certain Feeling, an entire album of Gershwin tunes released on the Hat Hut label. Click on the photo to play the video.

Down Here Below released

tribute to Abbey Lincoln

ranchristineEarlier this month, Red Piano Records released Down Here Below, a duet album featuring Ran and vocalist Christine Correa. The album, a tribute to Abbey Lincoln, features music from all periods of Abbey’s career, including standards, protest songs and pieces inspired by the Civil Rights movement as well as philosophical meditations from her later years. The track list is:

1. Down Here Below
2. Little Niles
3. Freedom Day
4. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
5. Christmas Cheer
6. Bird Alone
7. African Lady
8. Retribution
9. Freedom Day
10. How I Hoped for Your Love
11. Christmas Cheer
12. Down Here Below

The release marks the duo’s third collaboration, following Round About in 1994 and Out of the Shadows in 2010.

You can hear song samples and order a copy from CDbaby here. (The album is temporarily out of stock but should be available again in a few days.)

Hee-Jin Kim, a vocalist who is one of Ran’s most advanced students at the New England Conservatory, is giving a free recital on April 6 at 8 p.m. at Pierce Hall.

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 at the end of April.

Vol. 8, No. 3

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