Ran Blake

with Larry Ruttman

New England Conservatory of Music

October 10, 2001

December 1, 2001




Cassette Side a:                                                                                                            pp.1-15


Defining Third Stream--Primacy of the Ear--involvement in film and flashbacks--concert in Jordan hall in 1997--notation--Short Life of Barbara Monk--Marjorie Schuller--Out of the Past--other pieces on 1997 concert--Gunther Schuller's influence--Thelonious Monk--George Russell--preparing for a concert--importance of having a mentor--his music as a synthesis of other influences in life--influence of Charles Mingus--Bernard Herrmann--improvisations--John Coltrane--liquid composition.


Cassette Side b:                                                                                                           pp. 15 -29


"Being in the moment"--modifying chords--form--discipline--playing with Ed and Nicole Schuller--Jeanne Lee--original vs. derived material--"Supermodels"--Blake's musical language--Primacy of the Ear--short- and long-term memory--nostalgia--important life events--influence of the church--working at Atlantic Records--living in New York City--Oscar Peterson--being in Greece during the coup d'état--assassination of Martin Luther King.


Cassette Side c:                                                                                                            pp. 29-45


Blake's room--November 12 concert arranged by Hankus Netsky--Netsky--Russell Sherman--Jared Sims--putting a concert together so that it reflects humanity--Call to Islam--using music to make people change their conduct--what is patriotism?--life since September 11--necessity of learning about other cultures--music as universal language?--Blake's 1997 concert: Nightmares and Nostalgia--Russell Sherman's--Blake's briefcase as symbol.


Cassette Side d:                                                                                                           pp. 45-53


Artists and money--Gunther Schuller--Blake plays some of his music--Alice Russell--George Russell's new book--more on Russell.