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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.”

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Brookline, MA

Willing to teach

Advanced students only.

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

Chabrol Noir
Chabrol Noir
Impulse!
2016
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Ghost Tones: Portraits of George Russell
Ghost Tones:...
A-side Records
2015
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Plays Solo Piano
Plays Solo Piano
ESP Disk
2014
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Down Here Below
Down Here Below
Self Produced
2012
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Vilnius Noir
Vilnius Noir
NoBusiness Records
2012
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A Memory Of Vienna
A Memory Of Vienna
Hatology
2010
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