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Oran Etkin: What’s New — Reimagining Benny Goodman

Aug 9, Sunday - 3pm
Cafe Stritch Stage

Talented clarinetist, improviser, and composer Oran Etkin‘s unique sound in world music emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself, and within his music. For our 2015 Motéma Records showcase, the musician presents a unique and creative homage to the classic music of the Benny Goodman Quartet.

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, and New Orleans, and resonating with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene. Deep respect and honest personal musical expression are themes that tie together all of the artist’s work in composition, performance, recording, or his educational work.

Oran Etkin continues the tradition of music education through a groundbreaking new method of teaching music called Timbalooloo. The popularity of Etkin’s educational method has spread through word-of-mouth and has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, and Edie Falco, all of whom have enrolled their children in the program.

Oran Etkin’s music has also been featured on several compilations, including the GRAMMY® Award-winning album All About Bullies, Big And Small, which features two tracks composed and performed by Etkin, GRAMMY®-nominated album, Healthy Food For Thought, and the Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner, Putumayo Kids Jazz Playground.

*Due to unforeseen travel delays, the first three Motéma Showcase acts have changed their times:
Charenee Wade: 12-1pm
Shai Maestro Trio: 1:30-2:30pm
Oran Etkin: 3-4pm

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, and New Orleans, and resonating with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene. Deep respect and honest personal musical expression are themes that tie together all of the artist’s work in composition, performance, recording, or his educational work.

Oran Etkin continues the tradition of music education through a groundbreaking new method of teaching music called Timbalooloo. The popularity of Etkin’s educational method has spread through word-of-mouth and has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, and Edie Falco, all of whom have enrolled their children in the program.

Oran Etkin’s music has also been featured on several compilations, including the GRAMMY® Award-winning album All About Bullies, Big And Small, which features two tracks composed and performed by Etkin, GRAMMY®-nominated album, Healthy Food For Thought, and the Parent’s Choice Gold Award winner, Putumayo Kids Jazz Playground.

*Due to unforeseen travel delays, the first three Motéma Showcase acts have changed their times:
Charenee Wade: 12-1pm
Shai Maestro Trio: 1:30-2:30pm
Oran Etkin: 3-4pm


Personnel

Oran Etkin, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone Steve Nelson, vibes Fabian Almazan, piano Alvester Garnett, drums Charenee Wade, vocals

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Photo Credit: John Abbott