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1. Intro to High Low
2. High Low
3. Wake Up, Clarinet
4. All I Really Want To Do Is Dance
5. Little Lamb Jam
6. Intro To Et La Bas: The Story of King Louis XIV
7. Eh La Bas
8. Intro To Jammin' On High Low
9. Jammin' On High Low

Woodwind Maestro Oran Etkin Shares A World Of Musical Journeys In New Release For Kids

Enhanced CD Featuring Etkin's Timbalooloo Method Hits Stores September 14th, 2010

New York - Oran Etkin, an internationally acclaimed jazz/world artist and composer whose NYC based music classes for children are endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, will release Wake Up Clarinet! on his new Timbalooloo label on September 14th (Motema Music /Allegro-NewSound distribution). Coinciding with this release is the launch of Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo, a new company which will make Oran's popular music classes available to hundreds of children throughout the New York City metropolitan area and other cities.  It will also serve as the umbrella for all of Etkin's work with children through CDs, concerts, DVDs, books and television programming.

Wake Up Clarinet! is the first family release for Etkin, who was a featured performer on Putumayo Kids' award-winning CD Jazz Playground earlier this year and whose 2009 release Kelenia was named Best World Beat Album by the Independent Music Awards. With Wake Up Clarinet, Etkin turns the spotlight on his innovative Timbalooloo method for enriching the innate musicality of young children. Etkin's method effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

The recording is as musically rich as it is engaging. The all-star band, featuring Jason Marsalis on drums, and the talents of soulful jazz vocalist Charnee Wade, provides an introduction to jazz and other musical styles. Other featured artists include Fabian Almazan on piano, Curtis Fowlkes on trombone, and Garth Stevenson on bass. Etkin is lead vocalist and performs on the clarinet and saxophone.

From the first song, "High Low," it's apparent that this is no ordinary children's recording. The song helps children internalize the concept of pitch through be-bopping musical phrasings and an easy going conversation between Etkin and Wade. Their jazzy take on the familiar nursery rhyme, the "Little Lamb Jam," is so engaging it was selected for the recent Putumayo Kids CD Jazz Playground, which won a 2010 Parents' Choice Gold Award and placed Etkin in the national spotlight for his children's music. The Philadelphia Daily News ran a feature article headlined "Pied Piper Oran Etkin Wakes Up Instruments and Audiences."

After this rousing start, we get to the title song,"Wake Up Clarinet." The instrument literally comes to life through Etkin's masterful , vocal style of performance. With the fourth and fifth tracks, even very young children will be singing "Eh La Bas" New Orleans style, and they'll even be able to tell their parents which French king the state of Louisiana was named after. Wake Up Clarinet! works both to introduce musical concepts as well paint a captivating picture rich with historical and cultural context.

Oran Etkin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times' jazz critic Ben Ratliff and a "woodwind maestro" by PRI's internationally syndicated show, Afropop Worldwide. He has performed around the world with musicians ranging from jazz guitarist Mike Stern to rapper Wyclef Jean. His 2009 album Kelenia (Motema Music), fuses traditional Malian and Jewish music with modern jazz creating what the Boston Globe dubbed a "hypnotic balance between straight-ahead jazz and world music." Etkin brings this uniquely diverse perspective to his music for children, which incorporates rhythms and melodies from Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.  For example, after concert tours in Haiti, Africa and Europe, Etkin returned to New York and adapted songs from these regions for his Timbalooloo music classes.

Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo gets its name from a three year old boy enrolled in Etkin's music classes, who recently expressed his extreme musical excitement by sitting his parents and baby brother down for a 20 minute "music class" during which he pretended to be Oran and demonstrated to his "pupils" a new instrument he called the timbalooloo.  The story captures the essence of Etkin's mission: to excite children about the wonders of music and musical instruments and encourage their creative freedom and personal ingenuity.

Etkin will promote the CD through his developing Timbalooloo programs as well as at his performances at jazz, world beat and family music festivals internationally. For more information about Wake Up Clarinet! and Oran Etkin's music, visit www.oranetkin.com or the Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo page on Facebook. To view Oran Etkin in action, visit www.oranetkin.com/wakeupbigmamaalliwanna.mov.

Wake Up Clarinet!
c. 2010 Oran Etkin (ASCAP)
Label: Oran Etkin's Timbalooloo
CD / digipak features 9 tracks, enhanced with a bonus music video
Available from Motema Music/Allegro-NewSound Distribution

Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR
(503) 293-9498