October, 2016

October, 2016 Newsletter
Sara Serpa & Ran Blake
Jazz at Kitano
New York, NY
Fri Dec 9th & Sat 10th
8pm & 10pm sets

Sara Serpa and Ran Blake return to Jazz at Kitano on Fri.Dec. 9th and Sat. Dec 10th. There are 8pm and 10pm sets each night.

With Kitano Noir (Sunnyside) coming out just last year, Ran and Sara Serpa return for another breath taking performance at Jazz at Kitano. After nearly 10 years of performing together audiences are surely in for a treat this holiday season with new solo and duo repertoire ranging from Portuguese Fado, Abbey Lincoln/Max Roach protest songs, new originals, to the American Song Book.

A recent review from Ben Ratliff (New York Times) praises, “Serpa is cool all over, from concept to execution…”

Buy tickets now because both days and sets sell out quickly with only standing room remaining!


Kitano Hotel: Jazz at Kitano
66 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
(212) 885-7119


Ran Blake &
Lukas Papenfusscline
New Sounds in American Music
Lily Pad (Cambridge, MA)
Sat. Dec. 17th @ 8pm/9pm
Previously a former student of Ran’s while attending NEC, multi-talented folksinger Lukas Papenfusscline is a new duo partner, and this is their premier performance!Hailing from Northern California, Lukas digs deep folk and roots recordings, and recomposes traditional songs with fresh harmonies, adapted stories, and haunted, soaring vocal lines. His background in classical, jazz, and world music elevates his folk to the avant-garde, subtle, and complex, while maintaining the simple energy that has driven folk-roots for centuries.

The husky yet somehow affable timbre of Lukas’ voice in combination with Ran’s noir ghost textures and modulating harmonies are sure to be an ear pleaser the week before Christmas Eve. This duo will feature new repertoire from the American folk tradition. I wouldn’t miss this one, folks!

Sami Stevens and Kazemde George, 8pm

Ran Blake & Lukas Papenfusscline, 9pm

Link to Lily Pad

1353 Cambridge St

Cambridge, MA 02139

Tickets at Door Only
(no advanced sales)
Suggested $10-$20
Ran’s Goin’ to Houston, Texas!
James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace
Rice University
Sponsored by Nameless Sound
Saturday, January 7th @ 5pm

Ran returns to Houston, Texas after his last performance there approximately 35+ years ago!

This concert will contain two truly unique FREE! sets, one during sunset and the other when it becomes night. Doors open at 4:30pm on Saturday, January 7th. Concert begins at 5pm (on time) in order to coincide with the sunset.

This event is sponsored by Nameless Sound. Their artists work directly with young people in public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters to present and educate them with the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education.More info can be found here!
Link to Nameless Sound
Link to Skyspace
Skyspace | Live Oak Friends Meeting House
1318 West 26th St
HOUSTON, TX  77008

Jason Moran’s
Latest NY Times Article
I hope you will read Jason Moran’s latest article in the New York Times by Nate Chinen (11/21/16). It’s really something!
Mark Your Calendar for
The 12th Annual Film Noir Concert New England Conservatory
Jordan Hall
Tues, Feb. 21 @ 7:30PM

Co-producers Aaron Hartley and Ran Blake present their 12th Annual Film Noir project, featuring students and faculty of NEC’s groundbreaking Contemporary Improvisation department. Featuring new music created by NEC musicians and special guests. More Details to come…

Upcoming Concerts

Tues. November 29th, 8pm: Joe Morris at Outpost (Cambridge, MA)

Suggested $10 at door.

Sat. December 3rd, 8pm: David Eure Q’tet at Amazing Things (Framingham, MA)

Wed. December 7th, 8pm: Will Greene Student Recital (Boston, MA- NEC’s Brown Hall) Free!

Sun. December 11th, 3pm: Ruth Lepson, an afternoon of poetry at In The Press Room (Somerville, MA) $4 Suggested at Door.

See more events on Ran’s “Support” calendar page. CLICK HERE!