March, 2019

March, 2019 Newsletter
Deafened by the Darkness
Ran Blake feat. Ricky Ford
Cambridge, MA

Wed. April 3rd @ 7:30pm

The Newest Sound
You Never Heard
Ran Blake and Jeanne Lee 1966-1967
CD Release
Ran Blake will perform a duo concert for the CD release of
The Newest Sound You Never Heard, 1966-67 European Recordings (VRT-Archive/ A-Side Records) with longtime friend and colleague tenor saxophonist, Ricky Ford, at the Regattabar on April 3, 2019 @ 7:30pm.
Ran Blake and Ricky Ford will reflect on the life and legacy of Jeanne Lee, but they will also explore their own lifetime musical partnership and friendship that started in Boston through the New England Conservatory‘s Community Services Dept (also in the mid-’60s), which became the Third Stream Department and what is now known as the Contemporary Improvisation Dept.
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7:30pm
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel
One Bennett Street
Cambridge MA, 02138
Ran Blake and Claire Ritter
Eclipse Orange
CD Release
Monk’s 100th Birthday
4 1/2 stars
The concert that resulted in the CD Eclipse Orange was done in honor of pianist Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, but there’s so much more than a Monk showcase here.

Ran Blake play in duets and solos, and Ritter shares the stage with Australian saxophonist Kent O’Doherty on five tunes, in an atmospheric and wide-ranging program.
The pairing of Blake and Ritter began in 1981, when Ritter arrived to study at New England Conservatory, where Blake has taught for a half century. The pair’s mentor/student relationship evolved into a peer collaboration in 1988, when Blake guested on Ritter’s debut recording, In Between (Zoning Recordings).

Ritter and Blake-considering their individual discographies, and Eclipse Orange-bubble over with distinct and disparate ideas. Blake’s best-of-year disc Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell (A-Side Records, 2015) contains seventeen cuts, including the familiar “Autumn in New York” opening and closing the disc, sandwiching the likes of “Telegram from Gunther” (Schuller), “You Are My Sunshine” and Russell’s “StratusPhunk” and “Ezz-Thetic.” Ritter’s Soho Solo (Zoning Records, 2015) holds twenty tunes, eighteen of her own compositions along with Harold Arlen’s “I’ve Got The World On A String” wrapping up the show, and Ran Blake’s “Breakthru” slipped into the mix as a nod to her former mentor.
Anthony Coleman
NEC Faculty Recital
Tues. March 26th @ 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
NEC’s CI Dept Presents
May Day
Directed by Anthony Coleman
May 1st @ 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
From the Sarajevo Jazz Festival to the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, Poland, Anthony Coleman‘s musical odyssey has taken him through many cultures and led him to wear many hats as composer, improvising keyboardist, and teacher. Coleman joined the NEC faculty in 2006, returning to a school where he himself studied in the 1970s, during the birth of NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation program (then called Third Stream).
In addition to his work as a studio teacher and ensemble coach, Coleman works with NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation students to organize a departmental concert each spring. This year Coleman is exploring May Day’s significance in music and culture over the years, including its pagan origins focusing on spring and fertility as well as its significance for workers and movements focusing on social change.
Faculty Concert
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Free and Open to the Public
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Wednesday, May 1, 2019 7:30pm
NEC’s Jordan Hall
Free and Open to the Public
New England Conservatory
290 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA
(617) 585-1100
‘Tis The Season of
Student Recitals
There are dozens of wonderful concerts coming up in April and May, and many of them are free and open to the public at the New England Conservatory.
Please scroll down to the “Ran Supports These Concerts” section of the calendar page to see what’s happening. It’s hard to keep up with how many there are so please also check NEC’s concert listing page for the most up to date listings.
(*please note that some may require a free ticket)