Timbalooloo Concerts

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Timbalooloo Concerts

Timbalooloo creates unique and engaging performances for audiences of all ages and performs and presents them regularly at major concert venues throughout the US, Europe, Asia, Africa and South America. We are currently touring our latest production, Finding Friends Far From Home. This performance tells the story of Clara Net (a clarinet), who meets new instrument friends from around the world and creates new music as cultures meet. It is accompanied by a new album, which was recorded on-location in Zimbabwe, Czech Republic, China and Turkey as Etkin toured.  We are also touring several productions geared toward older audiences, including Open Arms Project and What's New - Reimagining Benny Goodman.

About Oran Etkin

About Timbalooloo Founder Oran Etkin

Widely regarded as one of the top clarinetists and composers of his generation, Etkin was recently voted #1 rising star clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, regularly performs at major jazz festivals internationally and has recorded on numerous albums including a GRAMMY Award Winning compilation.

His passion for music started early and by the age of nine he was playing piano, guitar, violin and saxophone. After falling in love with the music of Louis Armstrong, Etkin’s parents took him to visit New Orleans where the legendary Anthony “Tuba Fats” Lacen briefly took the young Etkin under his wing. Etkin’s passion for teaching springs from his gratitude to the teachers and mentors who shared the gift of music with him, including  jazz masters such as Dave Liebman and Yusef Lateef, classical icons like Charles Neidich, Klezmer innovators such as Dave Krakauer and griot musicians from West Africa. As a touring musician, Etkin continues to work with traditional masters from many cultures, each of whom give him a fresh perspective on how to nurture a deep love and intuitive understanding of music in children.  As Etkin tours the world, he gathers melodies, rhythms, stories and songs that he then shares with the Timbalooloo students and audiences, helping to connect children from diverse cultures through music.