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Ran Blake to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Pianist/composer co-founded NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department

Ran Blake
Ran Blake

Pianist/composer Ran Blake, the founding chair of New England Conservatory’s Contemporary Improvisation department 40 years ago, will receive a lifetime achievement award during a tribute on Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. in NEC’s Williams Hall, 30 Gainsborough Street, Boston.

Former WGBH radio announcer Steve Schwartz will lead a conversation with Blake on his life in music.

According to a press release, “In a career that’s spanned nearly six 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 40 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well 40 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.”

Musicians of note who studied with Blake at NEC include Don Byron, Matthew Shipp and John Medeski.

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