March, 2015

Ran is back from Europe and has two big concerts in April!

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April 3rd, 2015 at 8pm

Primacy of  the Ear: Celebrating Ran Blake’s 80th Birthday

MIT Jazz honors the legendary pianist, composer, and educator, Ran Blake.
MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble,Frederick Harris, Jr., music director, MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble, John Harbison, music director, Strength In Numbers (S.I.N.): John Harbison, piano, Keala Kaumeheiwa, bass, Fred Harris, drums, Evan Ziporyn and Dylan Sherry, woodwinds, and Peter Godart Ensemble. Special Guests: Ran Blake, piano and Dominique Eade, vocals. Legendary pianist-composer-educator Ran Blake celebrates his 80th birthday on August 20. MIT jazz presents a special concert of his music and his musical influences in his honor. Program to include a world premiere by John Harbison in tribute to Blake, surprise guests, and more.

8pm, MIT Kresge Auditorium. Admission $5; Free, in advance via Eventbrite with MIT email address.

Tickets at http://mitmta.eventbrite.com and at the door.
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Gaslighting

10 Years of Film Noir at  

New England Conservatory 

April 13, 2015 8pm

Jordan Hall (Boston, MA) 

Pianist/composer/improviser Ran Blake, who celebrates his 80th birthday on August 20, and trombonist Aaron Hartley celebrate their 10th year in coproduction of New England Conservatory‘s famed Film Noir series with “Gaslighting,” a tantalizing mélange of scenes from Patrick Hamilton‘s original screenplay, Gaslight (also known as Angel Street, 1938), Gaslight (1940, directed by Thorold Dickinson) and Gaslight (1944, directed by George Cukor).

As young Mrs. Manningham is driven slowly insane by her treacherous husband, members of the NEC Storyboard Noir Ensemble, coached by Aaron Hartley, create an original score, responding to the drama through improvisations, recompositions, and reinterpretations of works by Konrad Elfers, Bernard Herrmann, Gustav Holst, and Johann Strauss II.

Other NEC musicians performing on this concert include Eden MacAdam-Somer with NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Chamber Ensemble; actress/singer Greta DiGiorgio; alto saxophonist Mark Zaleski; pianist Jason Moran; NEC President Tony Woodcock; jazz department chair Ken Schaphorst with the NEC Jazz Orchestra; and piano department chair Bruce Brubaker.

Members of Aaron Hartley’s Storyboard Noir Ensemble play a key role in this annual Film Noir concert. Each fall, ensemble members engage in a rich exploration of creating music for film, through aural study of original scores, development of student compositions in tandem with traditional repertoire, and collective improvisation.

Price: Free

NEC’s FREE concerts do not require a ticket, unless stated in concert listing. Unreserved seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the concert’s start time.

 

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Steve Mardon

Steve Mardon

A Special Thank You to Steve Mardon for a Solid 10 Years of the Newsletter! 

After ten years of friendship, loyalty, and his professional skills as an editor and publicist, Steve Mardon, is resigning from my newsletter in order to take on a new job and to spend more quality time with his children. I want to sincerely thank him for starting the newsletter and helping me stay in touch with all of you over so many years. I wish him and his family my very best for a happy and healthy future.
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illustration-check-this-outRan Recommends

Check out Ran’s calendar page for concerts he recommends in and around Boston. There’s a lot of great music coming up, including Gunther Schuller at Symphony Hall and many student recitals.

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Huesca Film Festival Headquarters Ran w/ Portrait of Carlos Saura

Huesca Film Festival Headquarters Ran w/ Portrait of Carlos Saura

Good Times in Europe!

Ran had a great time in Europe where he played in Milan, Italy, Santander, Spain, and Huesca, Spain. For more photos, videos, stories, and reviews from the concerts, please visit this page.