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Oran Ektin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a "composer of eminent individuality" by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef. Etkin's music has been recognized with a GRAMMY Award (for the compilation All About Bullies which includes 2 of Oran's tracks) and two Independent Music Awards ("Best World Beat Album" for Kelenia and "Best Children's Album" for Wake Up, Clarinet). He has performed around the world with musicians ranging from guitarist Mike Stern and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba to rapper Wyclef Jean. Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, New Orleans and beyond, yet resonates with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene.
Etkin's newest album, Gathering Light, is set to be released April 8th 2014 on Motema Music and features his trio with Nasheet Waits and Ben Allison plus guests Lionel Loueke and Curtis Fowlkes. Etkin interweaves his fresh and adventurous compositions with melodies and rhythms he discovered on recent concert tours in Indonesia, China, Japan, Israel and Europe. Etkin's music emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself and within his music. On Gathering Light Etkin digs deep, taking inspiration from the depths of the jazz tradition that he grew up with, the New Orleans roots that inspired him to play, and ancient sources from around the world, to create venturesome music that pushes the art form in new directions. From the opening bass clarinet notes of "Gambang Suling" (Etkin's homage to Indonesian musicians who taught him this folk song), to the tender closing clarinet notes of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" ("played in thanks for the man who first sparked my love of music, Louis Armstrong," said Etkin), this adventurous, intrepid artist reveals a depth of musicianship, character, and gratitude that is massively appealing.
Etkin is also the creator of the Timbalooloo method of teaching music to young children that has gained popularity in New York, LA and Paris and has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Edie Falco and Ken Burns,- all of whom have enrolled their children in Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo Music Classes. His award winning children's CD Wake Up, Clarinet! and the live performances for families literally bring the instruments to life as they become characters in the story of a sleepy clarinet named Clara Net and her mother, Big Mama Tuba!
Oran has performed at NYC's Central Park SummerStage, Blue Note, Festival Jazz De Liege, Skirball Center in Los Angeles, NJPAC, Sunset-Sunside in Paris, Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, the United Nations and numerous other venues in the US, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East with musicians including Jason Marsalis, Wycliffe Gordon, Lionel Loueke, Mike Stern, Mandingo Ambassadors, Airto Moreira, Toumani Diabate, Killah Priest (of the Wu-Tang Clan) and Wyclef Jean.
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