The creative idea for this concert is contemporary classical music meets third stream/jazz and two good friends provide listeners with a challenging and ever changing program of each musical cuisine. It's like clearing one's palette before each taste of a new fine wine.
And then there is Darby the adorable red Persian cat who will step into the picture as the featured guest at the end. This concert will defy categories, open up new experiences and ideas to audiences!
Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished composer, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came to the United States from Russia in 1989. She had received her education in Moscow, graduating from The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest honors of distinction. Cohen is a member of the faculties of New England Conservatory of Music and Berklee College of Music as well as an author of an extensive catalogue of compositions in all the genres of orchestral, chamber and operatic music. Her music has been performed by internationally acclaimed performing ensembles such as the Ariel Quartet, JACK Quartet, Xanthos Ensemble and outstanding individual artists such as Sebastian Baverstam, Moran Katz, Mickey Katz and Bianca Garcia. Cohen presents annual concert performances of her music in Boston and has released several CDs: Dedications, The Route of Compassion, The Day of Atonement, The Road That Chooses Us and Jupiter Duo. Her newest CD, which will be released prior to this concert is entitled: Praise Him with Harp and Lyre, Praise Him with Strings and Flutes.
In a career that now spans six decades, pianist Ran Blake has created a unique niche in improvised music as an artist and educator. With a characteristic mix of spontaneous solos, modern classical tonalities, the great American blues and gospel traditions, and themes from classic Film Noir, Blake’s singular sound has earned a dedicated following all over the world. His dual musical legacy includes more than 30 albums on some of the world’s finest jazz labels, as well nearly 30 years as a groundbreaking educator at Boston’s New England Conservatory. At 77 years old, Ran Blake has recorded over 44 records and has performed in practically every country in Europe. In 2012, he released Tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Volume I, an album with vocalist Christine Correa. In addition, Ran has performances in Portugal in May 2012 with vocalist Sara Serpa and in France where Ricky Ford’s Orchestra will perform big band arrangements of Ran’s compositions at the Touchy International Jazz Festival.