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RAN BLAKE
(B. 20 APRIL 1935, SPRINGFIELD, MA)
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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 .

 
 
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