Nameless Sound presents the regional premiere of Ran Blake Film Noir, featuring the renowned pianist performing original scores and improvisations to carefully curated excerpts of classic film noir.
Deeply introspective, often starkly expressed and sometimes beautifully austere, Ran Blake possesses one of the truly personal stylistic voices of modern jazz. It is a piano music that is unquestionably of the idiom. Yet it defies the easy linear histories that simplify jazz as a succession of heroic musical innovations and that position artists on a chronology of what is supposedly avant-garde.
Much of Ran Blake’s unique musical world is constructed from a combination of clear yet seamless inspirations. His deft ear and adroit touch that dovetail blues tonalities and atonalism are likely born from the marriage of early influences such as Bartok, Debussy, Stravinsky, Monk, and Ellington. Important to Blake is his love of singers like Mahalia Jackson and Ray Charles. Far from mere stylistic influences, they are inspirations in the deepest sense, and subjects of study.
This event is Pay What You Can. Pick your price for what you can pay. If there is a price that isn't listed, contact our box office to set up a custom price. Youth age 17 and under can attend for free. A ticket reservation is still required. Wheelchair accessible seating is available.
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Friday, January 11, 2019—8:00 PM
Event Venue Location:
Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston
3400 Main Street
Houston, Texas 77002