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Ran Blake performs improvisations on The Death of Billie Holiday. Blake used as source material two completely different songs with the same title—"Lady Sings the Blues"—written by Herbie Nichols and Alec Wilder, along with the Billie Holiday classic "Good Morning Heartache," written by Irene Higginbotham of Worcester, Mass.
When musical visionaries Gunther Schuller and Ran Blake founded New England Conservatory's groundbreaking Third Stream Department in 1972, they inaugurated a rich conversation between multiple musical styles and communities. Tonight's concert traces this cutting edge at NEC, from the earliest days of the Third Stream department to present-day innovations under the department's current name, Contemporary Improvisation.
For more information: http://necmusic.edu/ci40