December, 2013

Happy New Year and welcome to the December issue of Ran’s newsletter.

New Year’s Gift: “Lush Life”

Ran performed “Lush Life” at a concert in honor of composer and MIT Institute Professor John Harbison’s 75th birthday in December. Hear an mp3 of Ran’s rendition:

Ran at the Regattabar: Revisiting Solo Piano
Ran plays the Regattabar in Boston on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:30 p.m. To commemorate the recent reissue of Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano on CD, Ran will play the 1965 album from start to finish. For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit the Regattabar’s website.

 Ran and Knife
Ran and guitarist David “Knife” Fabris enjoy a talk by David W. Sanford at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, before a performance by Sanford’s Pittsburgh Collective, a 20-piece contemporary big band, on December 11. Photo by Prudence Steiner.

Honor for Solo Piano
New York City Jazz Record included Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano as one of its top 5 albums reissues of 2013 in its January issue (available for download here). You can read a recent review of the album here and pick up a copy from
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 late January.

Vol. 9, No. 12