Ran Blake: Celebrating 85 Years

Ran Blake at piano

In celebration of New England Conservatory’s Department of Contemporary Improvisation Chair Emeritus Ran Blake in his 85th year, the CI department presents this series of events to celebrate his work — culminating in a concert on Wednesday, March 24th.


Mon, March 22 |Ran Blake: Looking Back at Eighty-Five
Music Historian Robin Kelley interviews Ran about his life and musical legacy.

Tues, March 23 |Ran Blake: Adding Spice
Hankus Netsky and Ran reflect on Ran's innovative approach to listening, teaching and performing.

Wed, March 24 |Portrait of Ran Blake: Celebrating 85 Years
This celebration concert, produced and directed by CI Department Co-Chair Eden MacAdam-Somer, Anthony Coleman, Aaron Hartley, and Ran Blake, will feature reinterpretations of Ran’s music along with original student compositions/improvisations created as the soundtrack to scenes from films such as The Pawnbroker. Performers include current students along with the CI Chamber Ensemble, CI faculty Eden MacAdam-Somer and Anthony Coleman, and a special solo set by Ran himself.