WE ARE TASTE BUDS
(B. 20 APRIL 1935, SPRINGFIELD, MA)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Aaron Hartley B.M, M.M. is a trombonist, New England Conservatory faculty member, artist manager, and A-Side Records label producerwho has worked closely with pianist Ran Blake for over fifteen (15) years. In that time performing, teaching, and studying with Ran, and editing his book, Primacy of the Ear, Aaron found that it was more vital than ever to offer students of all ages more opportunists and methods for aural learning, instead of solely focusing on reading written scores. Music is an aural art, but sometimes it doesn't feel that way with the vast majority of professional musicians relaying so heavily on reading music every day with their eyes, and not learning the music with their ears. Before Gunther Schuller passed away he told me, "In 1,000 years our eyes will be bigger from TV, our mouths bigger with how much we like to eat, our noses filled with roses, but what about our ears? We do not challenge our ears enough. They will become smaller." The Ran Blake Foundation, Inc. hopes to change that mind set for future musicians.
Eden MacAdam-Somer D.M.A is strongly committed to a holistic and creative study of music, grounding students in sonic awareness and self-expression, while building technical facility as performers, improvisers, and composers. She encourages her students to ask questions, respect tradition, and challenge convention, developing their individual voices, regardless of genre or style. Mrs. MacAdam-Somer has taught privately for over fifteen years, and joined the faculty of the Contemporary Improvisation Department at the New England Conservatory of Music in 2012. In addition, she has helped develop teaching programs at Houston Community College, the Shepherd School of Music’s Preparatory Department, and Southshore Conservatory of Music. She has also acted as teaching assistant to Kenneth Goldsmith at the Shepherd School of Music and to Hankus Netsky and Ran Blakeat the New England Conservatory .
Gardiner Hartmann was born in Boston, graduated from Dartmouth College (B.A.) and the University of California, Berkeley (M.A., English) and has had a varied career as a writer, editor, and teacher for over 30 years, producing materials for clients in a variety of contexts. These include the U.S. Department of Energy, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Harvard University School of Public Health, Brattleboro (VT) Music Center, World Music/CRASHarts, among others. He served as New England Conservatory’s Director of Institutional Support and member of the President’s Executive Committee throughout the school’s seven-year, $115 million capital campaign. Throughout these activities, Gardiner has been an avid concertgoer and advocate for the arts. He and Ran Blake first met at New England Conservatory and, in the course of providing editorial assistance for Ran’s book, The Primacy of the Ear, discovered they shared a lifelong passion for films of all eras, particularly those classified as film noir. This has led to their present collaboration as co-authors of a forthcoming book, Storyboarding Noir, which explores the film-making technique of storyboarding as the basis for composing and performing a distinctly personal style of music.