February, 2014

Welcome to the February issue of Ran’s newsletter.

Regattabar Show Rescheduled for April 2  
Ran’s snowed out February show at the Regattabar in Boston/Cambridge has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 2.

To commemorate the recent reissue of Ran Blake Plays Solo Piano on CD, Ran will perform the repertoire from the 1965 album, interspersed with a number of other compositions. Percussionist Jon Hazilla will appear as a special guest on several songs to celebrate the release of their recent duo album, Kaleidoscope. You can download the full program here.

For more information and to reserve a ticket, visit the Regattabar’s website.

Future Shock: Ran with Herbie Hancock


Ran with Herbie Hancock at Harvard University, where the jazz legend on the left is this year’s Norton lecturer. The two met for a wide ranging discussion on musical and non-musical topics.

Photo by John Campopiano

Upcoming Boston Appearances
Ran has two March appearances in Boston:

Monday, March 3 — Ran will play Stephen Foster’s “Beautiful Dreamer” as part of the “First Monday at Jordan Hall” series. This Monday’s 8 p.m. concert includes works by Foster, Antonin Dvorak, and Felix Mendelssohn. Read more about it here. In the event of heavy snow, the concert will be postponed to Tuesday, March 11.

Monday, March 10 — Ran and fellow pianist and faculty member Bruce Brubaker pay tribute to Beethoven as part of the “Insights Series” at Symphony Hall at 7 p.m. The free event is a combined lecture and performance with “Beethoven as improviser” as a departure point. The duo will examine the line where improvisation ends and formal composition begins. Read more about it here.

CD from David “Knife” Fabris Features Ran on 8 Tracks

Ran’s longtime friend and accompanist David “Knife” Fabris has released a new album, Lettuce Prey, that features Ran on eight tracks.

The album, on the French Great Winds/Musea label, includes rock, jazz, and classical influences. Ran’s contributions include both live (such as “Haitian Fight Song” and “Down Here Below” from a 2010 appearance in Lithuania) and studio tracks (such as “Horace Is Blue” and “Mood Indigo”). Ran also makes a rare appearance on Hammond B3 organ on two studio tracks (“Scythian Suite” and “Nightcrawler”).

You can sample all 17 tracks and download them through this link, and you can order a copy here.

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 lulu.com.

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

Vol. 10, No. 2