Oran Ektin

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Oran Ektin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff. His unique voice on the saxophone, clarinet and bass-clarinet has contributed to projects with artists as varied as Mike Stern, Wyclef Jean, Toumani Diabate and Lionel Loueke. Etkin's music is featured on a new CD that has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
Oran Etkin's album Kelenia, 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". Kelenia won "Best World Beat Album" at the Independent Music Awards. 
He studied classical clarinet and composition as an undergraduate with Tom Martin of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and received a Masters in Jazz Performance at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Liebman, Dick Oats, Charles Neidich and Dave Krakauer among others.
Etkin, who is on the faculty of the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, is also the founder of a groundbreaking new method of teaching young children called Timbalooloo which has been endorsed by Harvey Keitel, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber and Ken Burns. Timbalooloo music classes are offered throughout New York and sometimes in Paris and Los Angeles as well.
After the release of Kelenia, his critically acclaimed album for adults, Oran turned his attention to creating a new CD for children called Wake Up, Clarinet! based on his Timbalooloo method, which has already won awards from the Parents Choice Foundation, NAPPA and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal. The CD features Jason Marsalis from New Orleans on drums, Fabian Almazan from Cuba on piano, Curis Fowlkes from Brooklyn on trombone, and Garth Stevenson from Canada on bass. Etkin, who is originally from Israel, plays clarinet, saxophone and sings alongside acclaimed vocalist Charnee Wade.