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Family Show: Revisit Oran Etkin’s Timbalooloo

Originally Aired: Thursday, June 25, 2020


Watch an encore video stream of internationally renowned clarinetist, composer and Timbalooloo children’s music class founder Oran Etkin‘s family concert, presented by WQXR live on our stage in 2018.

Timbalooloo fundamentally reimagines the way music is taught and how music is conceived by children during their formative years.

Joined by Oran’s friends Clara Net (his Clarinet), the Piano and the Violin, he takes kids on a musical journey around the world. The Timbalooloo band features renowned jazz pianist Aaron Diehl and violinist Fung Chern Hwei from the Sirius Quartet.

Watch a video stream on this page at 10 am ET.

Oran Etkin has been described as a “great clarinet player, excellent improviser” by New York Times 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 compilation and he was voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s 2016 Critics Poll. Grateful for the guidance he received from his teachers David Krakauer, Charles Neidich, Dave Liebman, Yusef Lateef and George Garzone, Etkin feels a responsibility to pass on the joys of music to the next generation. He found he can have the deepest impact by reaching children at a young age, so he spent years creating the Timbalooloo Method, for children 3 months old through early elementary. Harvey Keitel, who enrolled his son in 3 years of Timbalooloo classes, remarked that “our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba and African music – and he knew the difference!”

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