January, 2019 Newsletter
The Newest Sound  
You Never Heard
CD Release 
NEC’s Black Box Theater  
Sunday, January 27th @ 3PM 
Ran Blake will perform a solo concert for the CD release of The Newest Sound You Never Heard, 1966-67 European Recordings (VRT-Archive/ A-Side Records).

This concert takes place two days before vocalist Jeanne Lee’s 80th memorial birthday.
As the poster indicates, this intimate concert will be as pitch-black dark as possible for Ran Blake and audience members to close their eyes, listen, and reflect on the life and legacy of Jeanne Lee (January 29, 1939 – October 25, 2000), their musical partnership, and lifelong friendship.
Several friends and fans asked recently if vocalists would be included on this concert. The answer: While there are many wonderful vocalists whom Ran has collaborated, none could ever take the place of Jeanne Lee. Because of that, Ran will perform solo and no vocalists will be included on this performance.
Sunday, January 27, 2019 at 3pm
NEC’s Plimpton Shattuck Black Box Theatre
Free and Open to the Public
New England Conservatory
(617) 585-1100
Christine Correa Trio
Jazz @ Kitano Hotel NY, NY 

Friday, January 25th @ 8PM + 10PM 
Friend and colleague, vocalist Christine Correa, puts together an all-star trio for two sets at the elegant Kitano Hotel Jazz Club. This concert will surely be invigorating with mind-blowing fast paced technique while also having delicate eggshell ballad moments that will make a tear drop into your saké.
Christine Correa – Vocals
Ben Rosenblum – Piano
Kim Cass – Bass


Fri, January 25, 2019
8PM and 10PM Sets
(Tickets Required for Each Set)
Dress code: Elegant Casual
The Newest Sound You Never Heard: European Recordings 1966-67 from the VRT Archive
Jeanne Lee, voice
Ran Blake, piano
Elias Gistelinck, producer 
The Newest Sound Around was Jeanne Lee and Ran Blake’s first duo album, released on RCA Victor in 1962 – and if there’s a hint of a boast in that title, it was fully warranted, then as now.
Lee, a vocalist with a deep, smoky tone and an exploratory ken, died of cancer in 2000, at 61; Blake, a pianist who brings rational sense to the pursuit of shadow intrigue, is still productive at 83. The two artists, who met at Bard College, released a scant amount of subsequent material: one live recording from the mid-’60s, and a studio effort from 1989.
So it’s worth making some noise about a fantastic new archival release, The Newest Sound You Never Heard. Recorded in 1966 and ’67 at the studios of VRT, a Belgian radio and television station, it’s releasing Friday on A-Side Records, in partnership with the Ran Blake Foundation and the New England Conservatory, where Blake has taught for more than 50 years.
The album, containing almost two hours of previously unissued music, perfectly captures the rare intuitive bond between these artists. Along with jazz standards by Thelonious Monk and others, it includes popular songs of the day, like Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man” and The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.” Among the highlights is this magnificent version of “A Night in Tunisia,” which has its premiere here.
Blake has continued his tradition of transcendent duo performance with vocalists, including Sara Serpa and Dominique Eade, who observes in the album liner notes: “Hearing these recordings after knowing their previous work so well creates a sensation similar to that of dreaming you have found an extra room in your house.”
But there remains a special, unsurpassable chemistry between Blake and Lee, as these historic recordings attest. That quality will suggest both a presence and an absence when Blake performs a solo concert this Sunday at the New England Conservatory, as a tribute to Lee, before what would have been her 80th birthday.
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NEC’s CI Dept Presents 
Wed. Feb. 20th @ 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall  
Producers Ran Blake and Aaron Hartley build a program focused on select tailored scenes from Diva (1981), the French thriller by Jean-Jacques Beineix centered around a postman’s obsession with opera diva Cynthia Hawkins (played by opera vocalist, Wilhelmenia Fernandez).
The film explores themes of artistic integrity, music piracy, corruption, mistaken identity, and unexpected love. Working with the original 1980s synth-pop and opera scores along with new compositions and improvisations in a wide range of genres, Contemporary Improvisation students, the CI Chamber Ensemble under Eden MacAdam-Somer, the Storyboard Noir Ensemble under Aaron Hartley, and the NEC Jazz Orchestra under Ken Schaphorst recreate a compelling soundtrack in real time.

A Free ticket is required.  

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Free and Open to the Public
New England Conservatory
(617) 585-1100
Role Playing Game   
by Jacob Shulman
Feb 22 and 23 @ 7:30PM
Armory in Somerville 
Role Playing Game is a 90-minute show about a young man in post-Soviet Armenia who reinvents himself through a massively multiplayer online role playing game. The cast is supported by an eleven-piece ensemble featuring strings, clarinets, piano, synthesizer, Armenian duduk, and Nintendo GameBoy.  The plot addresses themes of loneliness, alienation, gender expression, and the complicated relationship between traditional cultures and our digital world.
Currently Jacob Shulman, a terrific NEC alum, is raising money for the production through a Kickstarter campaign.  Follow the link to learn more about the show and hear some music. You can also purchase discounted advanced tickets through that page. (If you would like to attend but the cost of a ticket is prohibitive, reach out to Jacob directly. He would love to see you there).
“I know opera is not so popular these days, but this opera is accessible, short, and it bridges musical and cultural gaps.”
– Jacob Shulman
Role Playing Game
by Jacob Shulman
Feb 22 and 23, 2019

@ 7:30PM
Art at the Armory