July, 2014

Welcome to the July issue of

photo by Aaron Hartley

Ran’s newsletter. 

Ran outside his apartment with Jennique
and DecTor.

Upcoming Boston Area Shows

August 22 — Ran’s performance with Tickle Juice and friends at Lily Pad (1353 Cambridge St., Cambridge), originally scheduled for July 19 but postponed due to a brief illness, has been rescheduled for August 22. Tickle Juice is James Merenda (alto saxophone), Tom Duprey (cornet), David Hawthorne (guitar), Vanessa Morris (piano), Jon Dreyer (bass), and Miki Matsuki (drums). The evening, titled “Pet Noir,” will feature a number of songs dedicated to pets, and all proceeds go to MSPCA Angell. Suggested donation is $20.September 2 — Ran will be among the performers at the New England Conservatory’s annual Contemporary Improvisation department “back to school” concert at Brown Hall. The show is free and starts at 8 p.m. Read more about it here.

Ran Recommends…
Ran encourages Boston-area music fans to attend these upcoming events, both of which are free.

August 2 — The Mark Zaleski Band performs at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common at 6:30 p.m., as the opening act to an outdoor production of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night.”

September 15Eden MacAdam-Somer gives a faculty recital at 8 p.m. at NEC’s Jordan Hall.

Jonah Kraut’s Roots & Vines
Jonah Kraut, Ran’s longtime friend, assistant, bandmate, and producer (Driftwoods), recently released Roots & Vines, an album of original roots rock. The album’s 12 songs include elements of rock, country, folk, blues, and bluegrass. Jonah, who lives in Nashville, sings and plays guitar and a number of other instruments. You can sample the songs and download or buy the album on cdbaby.
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 August.

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