In a career that now spans five decades, pianist Ran Blake is one of the most revered figures in contemporary music. A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, Blake is a composer, pianist, improviser and New England Conservatory teacher. He 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 thirty albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, and forty years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory.
Blake’s teaching approach emphasizes what he calls “the primacy of the ear” and elevates the listening process to the same status as the written score while promoting the development of innovation and individuality.
After more than thirty solo piano albums, Blake reinvented himself again and, in 2001, released his first recording in the standard piano trio format, Sonic Temples.