Born: April 20, 1935
In a career that now spans five decades, pianist Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 30 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well nearly 30 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.
Blake first discovered the dark, image laden and complex character driven films that would so influence his music at age 12 when he first saw Robert Siodmak’s Spiral Staircase. There were post World War II musical nuances that if occasionally banal and as clichéd as yesterday’s soap operas, were often so eerie, haunting and unforgettable, Blake would later write. After more than eighteen viewings during a period of twenty days, plots, scenes, and melodic and harmonic surfaces intermingled, obtruding into my day life as well as my dreams....
- Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell by Dan McClenaghan
- Plays Solo Piano by Mark Corroto
- Down Here Below by Hrayr Attarian
- Vilnius Noir by John Sharpe
- Out of the Shadows by Raul d'Gama Rose
Willing to teachAdvanced students only.
Credentials/BackgroundRan Blake is available for private lessons in his Brookline, MA Studio (minutes away from downtown Boston via public tranpsortation). His areas of expertise and teaching include:
- Ear Training
- Jazz Instruments (Although a pianist, Ran Blake teaches the broad range of instruments used in jazz and other forms of popular/world music)
- Jazz Piano
- Accompaniment for other jazz/world music instruments
- Development of personal musical style