Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo Jazz For Kids Duo Series
with special guest Vitor Gonçalves on accordion
In Timbalooloo, instruments come to life and speak through their music, encouraging children to conceive of playing music as performing the magical act of making their instrument talk! The Timbalooloo Monthly Duo Series at National Sawdust features Oran Etkin with his sidekick Clara Net (Etkin’s clarinet) meeting a new instrument friend from around the world each month. Recent guests have included a kora player from Mali, a percussionist from Brazil, and a a pianist from New Orleans. The concerts are highly interactive — children will be singing along, drumming, and learning new dances as they become friends with Clara Net and her instrument friends from around the world, excited and empowered to create music themselves.
Oran Ektin has been described as “ebullient” by the New York Times and a “composer of eminent individuality” by the legendary Yusef Lateef, and was recently voted #1 rising-star clarinetist in DownBeat magazine’s Critics Poll. His music can be heard on major concert stages around the world and on numerous albums, including a GRAMMY Award-winning compilation, and he has been invited several times as a guest lecturer at Harvard University. Yet Etkin feels equally at home sitting cross-legged on the floor surrounded by a gaggle of spellbound children presenting a riveting story about Herbie Hanacock, Mozart, or his musical travels in Indonesia! Grateful for the musical gifts he received from his elders, Etkin feels a strong responsibility to continue passing the rich musical traditions of this world on to the youngest amongst us through a unique new approach to music education he created: Timbalooloo. His Timbalooloo organization runs music classes for young children throughout New York City and produces recordings and live concerts for kids around the world.