ORAN ETKIN - REIMAGINING BENNY GOODMAN
Mon Oct 24th - 7:30 PM (door 7:00)
DROM / 85 Ave A (between 5th & 6th Sts), Manhattan, NY
Oran Etkin, one of the top young jazz clarinet masters of our time, honors the spirit of daring innovation of Benny Goodman's 1930s quartet which included Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Teddy Wilson. This concert where Oran is joined by Sullivan Fortner on piano, Matt Willson on drums, and Bryan Carrott on vibes, is an earnest homage that filters groundbreaking music of the beggining of the swing era through the prism of our time. Originally presented at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola as part of the Newish Jewish Festival the project was subsequently released on Motema Records as "What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman" to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Benny Goodman's legendary 1935 Palomar Ballroom concert that kicked off the Swing Era.
Oran Ektin has been described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by the New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff and a "composer of eminent individuality" by his mentor and teacher, the legendary Yusef Lateef. His music is featured on several CDs, including a Grammy Award winning anti-bullying compilation CD and earlier this year he has topped DownBeat critics poll of rising star players in clarinet category.
Etkin's unique sound on the sax, clarinet and bass-clarinet emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself and within his music. The Irish Times observed that "Oran Etkin is a musician with his ears wide open, absorbing influences from West Africa, the Far East and Europe... this is world music in the true sense, not a lazy hybrid but a personal sound born out of deep respect for diverse musical traditions." Indeed deep respect and honest personal musical expression are themes that tie together all of Etkin's work - in composition, performance, recording or his educational work through his Timbalooloo organization.
Oran is grateful to have had the opportunity to perform around the world with his own groups as well as musicians ranging from guitarist Mike Stern and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba to rapper Wyclef Jean. Through years of experience in a myriad of musical cultures, Etkin has developed a unique sound on the clarinet, bass-clarinet and saxophone that draws on ancient traditions from Africa, Israel, New Orleans and beyond, yet resonates with the driving energy of the current New York jazz scene.