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Clarinetist Oran Etkin Shares A World Of Musical Journeys In New Release For Kids: Wake Up Clarinet!

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CD Release Concerts, as well as Performances by Etkin's Group Kelenia,
Scheduled Throughout 2010

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
(September 14, 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

Wake Up Clarinet! is the first family release for Etkin, who was a
featured performer on Putumayo Kids' award-winning compilation album Jazz
earlier this year and whose 2009 Motema debut, Kelenia, was
named Best World Beat Album by the Independent Music Awards. With Wake Up
,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

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
Charenee 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

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
works both to introduce musical concepts and 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 all over the world. 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 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 or the Oran Etkin Timbalooloo page
on Facebook.

Wake Up Clarinet and Group Kelenia Performance Schedule

Saturday, August 28, 2010
92-14 63rd Drive Rego Park, NY 7:00 PM
Hosted by the Rego Park Green Alliance

Friday, September 3, 2010
376 9th St. Brooklyn, NY 11215 8:00 PM
Intimate small-group concert featuring music from Oran Etkin's acclaimed CD,
$10 suggested donation 347-422- 0248

Saturday, September 11, 2010 11:30 AM
World Café Live - "Peanut Butter & Jams Kids Concerts" 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104 Ticket info:

Friday, September 17, 2010, 7 PM Trenton International Jazz and Blues Festival
NJN Studio

Friday, September 24, 2010 5:30 PM
Sixth & I Historic Synagogue 600 I St., NW Washington, DC 20001
Tickets: $12

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Oran Etkin
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