Press & Testimonials


Ebullient!” -The New York Times

Hypnotic.” -The Boston Globe

Pied Piper Oran Etkin Wakes Up Instruments and Audiences.” -Philadelphia Daily News

His method effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun, musical language that kids can understand” -L.A. Daily News

“Woodwind Maestro” -PRI’s (Public Radio International) Afropop Worldwide

“He’s a great clarinet player… beautiful sound… excellent improviser” -Ben Ratliff of The New York Times, Speaking on WBGO Radio

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Our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African Music – and he knew the difference!” -Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner Keitel

Really, really remarkable. He has touched both our boys’ lives.” -Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber

“We were very happy to see how Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo classes awakened an excitement about music in our daughter, enabling her to be creative and express herself through music.  Our daughter often came home showing us how many beats were in a waltz or telling us a story about Dizzy Gillespie. Oran is able to impart complex musical ideas in such a unique and fun way that the children learn without ever knowing they are learning. They get engrossed in the stories and music-making for 45 minutes and come out the other end feeling like Tito Puente is their lifelong friend and that they too can play the drums and make the xylophone ‘talk’.”  -Ken Burns and Julie Burns

Dear Oran, Thank you for being with us yesterday. You were such a SMASH. Kids and grownups still talking about it today. You managed to calm some pretty wild beasts with your beautiful musical instrument friends. I was especially touched by Clara’s b-day song to Lucien. We know we were hugely lucky to have had you for his 5th birthday. We are big fans of yours!!” -With Gratitude, Sasha, Lucien & Cyrus

“I have been a fan of Oran’s music since I heard him perform in 2008 and heard his first CD, Kelenia. I found Oran’s music to be truly spectacular and beautiful — can’t say I’ve heard anything quite like it before. As a parent, I have seen my son’s musicality and creativity flourish in Oran’s Timbalooloo music classes, which I first enrolled him in at the age of 2. Oran has a rare ability to immediately captivate both children and adults with his music and storytelling. I think because of this unique combination of storytelling and music and his ability to immediately connect to a child’s imagination, Oran’s approach could translate very nicely to TV or book realms. I am looking forward to seeing my younger child grow to feel and love music in Oran’s classes too, and to all the dancing and be-bopping with both kids in our house to his new CD!” -Edie Falco

“We feel very lucky that our sons deep, instinctive love of music has met a guide as fun to follow and as well-travelled as Oran.”  -Jonathan Cake and Julianne Nicholson