Ran Blake is making a rare NYC solo piano appearance at CIM on Thursday night. You really have no excuse to miss this -- Ran's solo piano record All That Is Tied was among the of the best releases of 2006, but Ran live is another thing entirely. It's no secret that Ran is personally and musically mercurial, but when he is on he is unreal. No one has a surer command of dynamics and pedal effects -- Ran has built up an entire vocabulary around extracting impossible-to-replicate sounds from the piano. His gift for daring harmonic juxtapositions and elliptic musical storytelling is unmatched. There is absolutely no one like him, and if you've never heard him play in person, you, uh, really need to fix that. My music sounds nothing like Ran's -- no one else's music could ever sound anything like Ran's -- but his cinematic approach to musical structure is a huge inspiration. Not to mention his big ears and big heart.
May 17, 8:30 PM, CIM. $15/$10 students.