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Oran Etkin Gathering Light Motema 2014 Multi-reedist Oran Etkin gathers his scattered points of inspiration from the whole of the Eastern Hemisphere and a good bit of the Western one. Etkin's main horn is the bass clarinet...not completely unheard of, Eric Dolphy played a mean one, but one heard infrequently enough that it remains almost a novelty. Etkin opens Gathering Light with Ki Narto Saboo's “Gambang Suling," his bass clarinet reaching eastward ...

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Oran Etkin: Gathering Light

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Multi-reedist Oran Etkin's first album--Kelenia (Motema Music, 2009)--fused Malian sounds and Jewish music with jazz. Its follow-up--Wake Up, Clarinet! (1-2-3-4 Go, 2010)--was geared toward kids. Now, for round three, Etkin has cast his net over a huge portion of the globe, pulling together, arranging, and morphing musical ideals he's encountered while touring through Asia, Israel, and portions of Europe. Gathering Light is a gloriously global musical mélange that finds Etkin in good company, creating alternately gripping and ...

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Oran Etkin: Kelenia

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Exposure to traditional African music is limited in the western hemisphere so it is always a pleasant surprise when a recording is released, especially when it is a solid, well above average effort. Clarinetist and saxophonist Oran Etkin has fused Malian music with elements of improvisation and jazz in his debut, Kelenia. This is not just mere pastiche but a successful melding of musical genres into a work that maintains a strong traditional identity while solidly remaining ...

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Oran Etkin: Kelenia

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As the open air arias of grilling cicadas and bustling barbecues mix in with the distant thumping of convertibles to announce the new solstice, what better than a hot, mellifluously ornate African chant to brush off what is left of spring and get everyone in a festive mood?The cause of celebration? Summer, of course. But also “Yekeke," an oasis of a song to kick off the festivities to the lively African jazz concoctions of clarinetist Oran Etkin's group, ...



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