Ran Plays ATLAS
The concert will include new film noir segments and tributes to Chris Connor, Aretha Franklin, Bud Powell, Gunther Schuller, and Stevie Wonder.
Ran Blake’s 80th Birthday
Realization of a Dreamcelebrates the artistic vision of NEC’s founding Contemporary Improvisation department chair, Ran Blake, and the evolution of his music. Produced and directed by Eden MacAdam-Somer and Aaron Hartley, the concert features Blake, along with special guests and NEC alums Ricky Ford (originally from Roxbury), Leon “Boots” Maleson (originally from Brookline), Jonah Kraut, and Dave “The Knife” Fabris, as well as performances by current students, faculty and departmental ensembles in original interpretations of Blake’s music and repertoire.
There will also be a Panel Discussion on Ran’s music Sunday November 15th at 11am in Pierce Hall. Panelists include Dave “Knife” Fabris, Art Lange, Hankus Netsky, and others TBA.
This was the first of many concerts taking place this fall honoring the legacy Gunther Schuller.
This month, there are two Gunther premieres that Ran highly recommends attending. The first is the world premiere of Singing Poems (2015) performed by Collage New Music on Sunday November 1st at 8pm (Longy School of Music; pre-talk at 7pm), and the second is New England Philharmonic’s Boston premiere of The Past is in the Present on Sunday October 25th at 3pm (Tsai Performance Center).
November has a number of major Gunther tributes that Ran will include in his October newsletter. Two other important concerts this month are:
Too Marvelous for Words: Music of Frank Sinatra on Thursday October 15th at 7:30pm with the NEC Jazz Orchestra and Ken Schaphorst, a number of student vocalists, and the NEC Philharmonia string section.
Fred Hersch has a 60th birthday at NEC on Thursday October 29th at 7:30pm.
Summer Book Review
This review includes: Isabel Wilkerson’s marvelous “The Warmth of Other Suns,” Renee Knight’s “Disclaimer,” “Bradstreet Gate” by Robin Kirman, SJ Watson’s “Second Life,” and Leah Stewart’s “The New Neighbor.”