BROOKLYN-QUEENS CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC
Friday, February 29, 7 p.m.
Oran Etkin will continue Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music’s “Faculty Showcase” series at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music Concert Hall on Friday, February 29 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/seniors. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Zerve ticket services at 212.209.3370 or through our website at www.bqcm.org.
“…a composer of eminent individuality. [Oran Etkin] is also an extraordinary performing musician, who is a soul and mind in search of ultimate truth in aesthetics. He is a profoundly moral, socially responsible man.” -- Dr. Yusef Lateef
Clarinetist, Bass-Clarinetist and Saxophonist Oran Etkin has cultivated a very personal voice through a decade of work with some of the best musicians in both the modern jazz scene and the world of African music. His forthcoming CD, Kelenia, explores the connection of these two worlds through Oran's introspective original compositions and fresh arrangements of traditional African melodies. On Kelenia, Oran is joined by traditional Griot master musicians from Mali, as well as bassist John Benitez, Joe Sanders and guitarist Lionel Loueke (a veteran of Herbie Hancock's groups, Lionel is the latest addition to Blue Note Records roster). Displaying a complete comfort with both traditional West African music and modern jazz concepts, Oran has managed to create a warm and organic sound that is rhythmically rich and lyrical.
Oran has performed at the Blue Note, Central Park SummerStage, the United Nations (for Kofi Annan, Al Gore, presidents of Kenya, Finland and Gambia) and numerous other venues in the US, Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East. He has recorded with musicians including Wyclef Jean and Frank London.