August, 2016

August, 2016 Newsletter
New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation Opening Night
Tues. Sept 6, 2016 @ 7:30PM
NEC’s Brown Hall 

Faculty of NEC’s CI Department is performing an Opening Night Concert for the beginning of the 2016-’17 Fall Semester on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 7:30pm in Brown Hall. Musicians will include:

Chair, Hankus Netsky, piano; Co-Chair, Eden MacAdam-Somer; Peter Row, sitar; Amir Milstein, flute; Caio Afiune, guitar; David Zoffer, voice and piano; Mark Zaleski, Electric Bass; Jerry Leake, frame drum, ankle bells, voice; Carla Kihlstedt, voice and piano; Ted Reichman, accordion; Lautaro Mantilla, noise amp, guitar, voice; Anthony Coleman, piano

This is a free and open to the public concert.

Many students and parents are in town right now so make sure you get there early to grab a parking spot and a seat! There is additional seating the balcony, as well.

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Ran Returns to the Regatta Bar
Wed. Oct 5, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Ran is returning to the Regatta Bar (Cambridge, MA) on Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 7:30pm. The concert is titled Opus a la Vengeance & The American Song Book. The former is a reflection on “Evil,” pulling from Film Noir influences such as Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler, Spiral Staircase, Le Boucher, Bunny Lake is Missing, and others. The latter is dedicated to the memory of Sandi Peaslee who died suddenly of pancreatic cancer in March. She loved to hear Ran play rarely heard standards and show tunes, and encouraged him to dedicate a concert to the American Song.

Fluglehornist Ken Schaphorst will be a special guest on a couple of pieces, as well.

Tickets are on sale now at the link below.
CLICK HERE Regatta Bar’s Website for Tickets
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge MA, 02138
Gunther Schuller
Memorial Concert at MIT
Tues. Oct 4, 2016 @ 8pm
Hailed by The New York Times as “one of the greatest musicians in jazz history,” Grammy Award-winning saxophone giant Joe Lovano has distinguished himself for some three decades as a prescient and path finding force in the arena of creative music. His long-relationship with musical titan Gunther Schuller culminated with two Blue Note recordings: Streams of Expression (2006) and Rush Hour (1995).

Lovano has a long history of collaborating with MIT, from performing and rehearsing with the Festival Jazz Ensemble on works by Senior Lecturer Mark Harvey (founder of the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra) in 2002, to regularly working with Fred Harris (director of MIT’s Wind and Jazz Ensembles) on contemporary jazz pieces. For his October 4 concert honoring the late Gunther Schuller, in addition to performing music from Rush Hour as a trio (with Boston-bassist and MIT Affiliated Artist Keala Kaumeheiwa and Harris, drums) Lovano will also perform MIT composer and Professor of Music Peter Child‘s Moonsculptures, an attractive Third Stream influenced composition for tenor saxophone, violin, and piano. Violinist and Schuller devotee Young-Nam Kim (Artistic Director of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota), and pianist and Senior Lecturer in Music at MIT David Deveau (Rockport Chamber Music Festival Artistic Director) join Lovano. Other chamber works by Child and Harris round out the program performed by Kim and his son Daniel Kim, new violist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. One of Schuller’s closest friends and perhaps greatest advocate, the legendary Third Stream pianist and educator Ran Blake (New England Conservatory) will make a very special solo guest appearance on the program.
Killian Hall
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
Brief Book Review:
Clea Simon, The Ninth Life
The Ninth Life, a nifty novel, by Cambridge author, Clea Simon, portrays shady neighborhoods, shady characters, and shady drugs. Our heroine is a young lady named Care, a peacemaker who attempts to negotiate safety for herself and two friends. One of which is trying to warn her, but cannot speak English; you see, Care’s friend, Blacky, is a cat!

Ran Supports These Concerts! 
There are many wonderful concerts taking place this month. Marty Yaseen is performing at Washington Square restaurant, La Voile (1627 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445) on Sunday, Sept. 25 at noon, there’s a Memorial concert for Don Friedman in NY, NY on Monday, Sept. 12 at 7pm, and many other returning to school concerts will be listed on Ran’s calendar page shortly.

See the full calendars below for more great concerts!