August, 2013

August 2013

Photo by Le Zhang

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

Upcoming Appearance
eden Violinist/vocalist/dancer Eden MacAdam-Somer performs a faculty recital on Thursday, September 12 at NEC’s Jordan Hall, and Ran will be joining her for one song. You can read more about this free 8 p.m. show here.

lezhangRan and Le ZhangRan and vocalist Le Zhang recorded several songs together in August.

Photo by Aaron Hartley

Shipp Citing

Pianist and composer Matthew Shipp included Ran’s version of “Tea for Two” from his Breakthru album in a destination.out blog entry on five tracks by significant jazz teachers. An excerpt follows:

“The Third Stream department that [Ran] and Gunther Schuller started at New England Conservatory is/was the most innovative thing in jazz pedagogy on a college level. A lot of diverse people have gone through that department and been inspired by cuts like this that show Ran’s modernist approach to the jazz tradition. Ran has a whole body of work behind him as well as being a teacher and his persona as a teacher does interact with his persona as a performer/recording artist in a way that is hard to untangle.”

The other four songs Shipp chose are “Descent into the Maelstrom” and “Dream: Paris 1965” by Lennie Tristano and “Threnody” and “Parody” by Dennis Sandole.

Read the full blog entry here.

In other Ran-related internet news, Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson had this to say on Twitter on August 24: “I read Ran Blake’s THE PRIMACY OF THE EAR this past week. Lotta inspiring stuff in there: recommended.”

News from the Company Store
Down Here Below, Ran’s 2012 tribute to Abbey Lincoln with vocalist Christine Correa, is now available for the first time through We also have Kaleidoscope, Ran’s new duet album with drummer and percussionist Jon Hazilla.Others CDs currently in stock are: Grey December, Whirlpool, Camera Obscura, Out of the Shadows, Driftwoods, All That Is Tied, That Certain Feeling, Improvisations, Memory of Vienna, Improvisations, and Epistrophy.

Most CDs are $12, and if you buy 3 you get 1 free.

To learn more about studying at NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation department, please visit its website or contact Department Chairperson Hankus Netsky. Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, is available from for reading. We’ll see you in September.

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