Ran Blake

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.”

Long before the invention of virtual reality, Blake began mentally placing himself inside the films and real life scenarios that inspired his original compositions like “Spiral Staircase”, “Memphis” and “The Short Life of Barbara Monk”. The influence of the Pentecostal church music he also discovered growing up in Suffield, Connecticut, combined with his musical immersion in what he terms “a Film Noir world,” laid the groundwork for his earliest musical style.

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Willing to teach

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Credentials/Background

Ran 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

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Albums

When Soft Rains Fall

Red Piano Records
2020

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Northern Noir

SteepleChase Records
2020

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Gray Moon

Red Piano Records
2020

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The Newest Sound You...

A-side Records
2019

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Streaming

Red Piano Records
2018

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Something To Live For

Hat Hut Records
2017

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Misterioso

From: The Newest Sound You Never Heard
By Ran Blake

Love Dance

From: Streaming
By Ran Blake

Autumn in New York

From: Ghost Tones
By Ran Blake

All That Is Tied

From: All That Is Tied
By Ran Blake

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