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

Advanced 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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Discography

The Newest Sound You Never Heard

The Newest Sound You...

A-side Records
2019

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Streaming

Streaming

Red Piano Records
2018

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Something To Live For

Something To Live For

Hat Hut Records
2017

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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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Misterioso

Misterioso

Ran Blake
The Newest Sound You Never Heard

Love Dance

Love Dance

Ran Blake
Streaming

Autumn in New York

Autumn in New York

Ran Blake
Ghost Tones

All That Is Tied

All That Is Tied

Ran Blake
All That Is Tied

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