Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Finding Friends Far From Home: World Music Album For Kids - a musicwrap

Oran Etkin and Timbalooloo Music Release

"Finding Friends Far from Home:  A Journey with Clara Net"

Now Available 


* released August 30, 2019
* Visit www. timbalooloo.com, www. oranetkin.com
* Oran Etkin is on Facebook and Instagram 


“Ebullient”New York Times

“His method effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun, musical way that kids can understand” LA Daily News

About the Album

Recorded and filmed on location in Zimbabwe, Turkey, Czech Republic and China with masters of each country’s traditional music, Finding Friends Far from Home is an ambitious audio-visual project born out of Oran Etkin’s belief in creating deep musical connections across cultural boundaries.

Voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, Oran Etkin is regularly invited to perform at major international festivals and venues.  With this project, he has reimagined how touring can become part of the creative process: taking time off between shows to live with traditional mbira masters in Zimbabwe, building collaborative projects with Roma (Gypsy) musicians in Czech Republic and gathering the fruits of these and other global collaborations into a family-friendly album that tells a tale of friendship and understanding through the eyes of the instruments themselves.

Over the course of 15 tracks, Oran and his friend Clara Net (his clarinet) travel the world, making new instrument friends like the mbira, kopuz, balalaika, and shamisen. The instruments speak to each other through music, evoking a wide range of emotions that children can immediately relate to. Asked about his inspiration for such a global project, one person Etkin points to musical mentors such as Yusef Lateef as well as non-musical inspirations such as Anthony Bourdain. “For me, he is an example of how to use your art-form to connect on a deep human level across boundaries and then open a window for people around the world to experience other cultures in a soulful and respectful way.”

For nearly a decade, Etkin’s Timbalooloo program has created a paradigm shift in music education, instilling the idea of music as communication and dialogue by making instruments come alive and talk with each other. This innovative approach has attracted the attention of thousands of parents, including Naomi Watts, Live Schreiber, Harvey Keitel, Martha Stewart, Ken Burns and Edie Falco, all of whom enrolled their children or grand-children in Etkin’s Timbalooloo program. “Young children don’t learn how to conjugate every verb, yet they manage to speak intuitively with perfect grammar. I believe they can become fluent in the language of music too” says Etkin.  “We are trying to get to the core of what music is really about — expression, not just notes on a page.” 

 Meet Oran Etkin

Etkin’s unique background has made him a prime candidate to shake up the world of music, education and entertainment. Widely regarded as one of the top clarinetists and composers of his generation, Etkin was recently voted #1 rising star clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, regularly performs at major jazz festivals internationally and has recorded on numerous albums including a GRAMMY Award Winning compilation.

His passion for music started early and by the age of nine he was playing piano, guitar, violin and saxophone. After falling in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Etkin’s parents took him to visit New Orleans where the legendary Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen briefly took the young Etkin under his wing. Etkin’s passion for teaching springs from his gratitude to the teachers and mentors who shared the gift of music with him, including  jazz masters such as Dave Liebman and Yusef Lateef, classical icons like Charles Neidich, Klezmer innovators such as Dave Krakauer and griot musicians from West Africa. 

As a touring musician, Etkin continues to work with traditional masters from many cultures, each of whom give him a fresh perspective on how to nurture a deep love and intuitive understanding of music in children.  As Etkin tours the world, he gathers melodies, rhythms, stories and songs that he then shares with the Timbalooloo students and audiences, helping to connect children from diverse cultures through music.


#1 Rising Star Clarinetist - Downbeat Critic's Poll 
Etkin's music featured on compilation that won GRAMMY Award 
Etkin's music featured on different compilation that was nominated for GRAMMY Award 
Etkin's album Kelenia wins "Best World Music Album" at Independent Music Awards 
Etkin's album Wake Up, Clarinet! wins "Best Children's Album" at Independent Music Awards 
Wake Up, Clarinet received Parents Choice Award 
Wake Up, Clarinet received National Association of Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA)

"Finding Friends Far from Home: A Journey with Clara Net" 
Oran Etkin - Timbalooloo- www.timbalooloo.com

Track List 

* We Want a Story
* Intro to Chaye Shukariye
* Chaye Shukariye
*Intro to Karige Mombe
* Karige Mombe
*Intro to Kutapira
* Intro To Mo Li Hua
* Mo Li Hua
 * Intro to Dandini
* Intro to Tumbalalaika
* Tumbalalaika
* Intro to Sakura
* Sakura


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