Finding Friends Far From Home: A Journey With Clara Net

by Oran Etkin

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about

Recorded and filmed on location in Zimbabwe, Turkey, Czech Republic and China with masters of each country’s traditional music, Finding Friends Far from Home is an ambitious audio-visual project born out of Oran Etkin’s belief in creating deep musical connections across cultural boundaries.

Voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in Downbeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll, Oran Etkin is regularly invited to perform at major international festivals and venues. With this project, he has reimagined how touring can become part of the creative process: taking time off between shows to live with traditional mbira masters in Zimbabwe, building collaborative projects with Roma (Gypsy) musicians in Czech Republic and gathering the fruits of these and other global collaborations into a family-friendly album that tells a tale of friendship and understanding through the eyes of the instruments themselves.

Over the course of 15 tracks, Oran and his friend Clara Net (his clarinet) travel the world, making new instrument friends like the mbira, kopuz, balalaika, and shamisen. The instruments speak to each other through music, evoking a wide range of emotions that children can immediately relate to. Asked about his inspiration for such a global project, one person Etkin points to musical mentors such as Yusef Lateef as well as non-musical inspirations such as Anthony Bourdain. “For me, he is an example of how to use your art-form to connect on a deep human level across boundaries and then open a window for people around the world to experience other cultures in a soulful and respectful way.”

For nearly a decade, Etkin’s Timbalooloo program has created a paradigm shift in music education, instilling the idea of music as communication and dialogue by making instruments come alive and talk with each other. This innovative approach has attracted the attention of thousands of parents, including Naomi Watts, Live Schreiber, Harvey Keitel, Martha Stewart, Ken Burns and Edie Falco, all of whom enrolled their children or grand-children in Etkin’s Timbalooloo program. “Young children don’t learn how to conjugate every verb, yet they manage to speak intuitively with perfect grammar. I believe they can become fluent in the language of music too” says Etkin. “We are trying to get to the core of what music is really about — expression, not just notes on a page.”

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released August 30, 2019

1. We Want A Story (2:56)
Fabian Almazan - piano; Curtis Fowlkes - trombone; Jason Marsalis - drums; Garth Stevenson - bass; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet; Silan Aycaguer-Ron, Julien Aycaguer-Ron, Ayo Dumont, Marina Etkin, Kai Etkin, Hudson Etkin, Alma Friedman, Darius Kalantari, Neva Schoen-Rene - vocals; recorded at Dubway Studios New York, NY by Chris Abell engineer
2. Intro to Chaye Shukariye (0:51) Michal Grombiřík - cimbalom; Milos Klapste - bass; Pavlína Matiová - vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet
3. Chaye Shukariye (4:08)
Dušan Černák - drums; Michal Grombiřík - cimbalom; Roman Horváth - accordion; Miloš Klápště - bass; Pavlína Matiová - vocals; Tibor Zida guitar; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet; tracks 2 &3 recorded at Faust Studio in Prague, Czech Republic by Nick Fox - engineer
4. Intro to Kariga Mombe (0:51)
Irene Chigamba - vocals; Tute Chigamba - hosho; Marcos Varela - bass; Oran Etkin - vocals
5. Kariga Mombe (4:51)
Irene Chigamba, Tute Chigamba, Clarence Mzite & Wiri Chigonga - mbiras, vocals, hosho and clapping; Marcos Varela - bass; Oran Etkin - vocals & bass-clarinet
6. Intro to Kutapira (0:55)
Musekiwa Chingodza - mbira; Irene Chigamba - vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals
7. Kutapira (3:04)
Musekiwa Chingodza - mbira and vocals; Sam Mataure - drums; Marcos Varela - bass; Theresa
Gotora, Petronella Lalla, Priveloge Nyoni, Lyvonah Saunyama, Thulani Machisa, Tubidzai Taonezui - vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet; Tracks 4-7 recorded at Zimbabwe College of Music in Harare in Zimbabwe by Nyash Rusikeis engineer
8. Intro to Mo Li Hua (1:38)
Zhou Xin - erhu; Guo Yu Jiao - guzheng; Min Xiao-Fen - vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet;
9. Mo Li Hua (2:17)
Zhou Xin - erhu; Guo Yu Jiao - guzheng; Min Xiao-Fen - vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet; recorded at Tweak Tone Labs in Beijing, China by Buruo Zhang engineer; vocal overdubs at Mozart St Studios Brooklyn, NY by Ryan Howe engineer
10. Intro to Dandini Dandini (1:16)
Jehan Barbur - lead vocals; Erkan Oğur - kopuz; Deniz Tasar - vocals; Oran Etkin vocals & clarinet
11. Dandini Dandini (2:53)
Jehan Barbur - lead vocals; Erkan Oğur - kopuz; Deniz Tasar - vocals; Oran Etkin vocals & clarinet; recorded at Payrecords Studio in Bodrum, Turkey by deniz iglar engineer
12. Intro to Tumbalalaika (1:16)
Kirill Yacovlev - balalaika and vocals; Oran Etkin - vocals
13. Tumbalalaika (2:18)
Emily Bea - vocals; Jeremy Clemons - drums; Dave Hofstra - bass; Carmen Staff - piano; Osei Williams - djembe; Kirill Yacovlev - balalaika; Oran Etkin - vocals & clarinet; recorded at IAR
14. Intro to Sakura (1:40)
Sumie Kaneko - shamisen & vocals, Guo Yu Jiao - guzheng;
15. Sakura (2:45)
Sumie Kaneko - shamisen & vocals, Guo Yu Jiao - guzheng; recorded at Tweak Tone Labs in Beijing, China by Buruo Zhang engineer; vocal and shamisen overdubs at Mozart St Studios Brooklyn, NY by Ryan Howe engineer Additional overdubs at Mozart St Studios Brooklyn, NY by Ryan Howe engineer

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 14 by Oran Etkin (Iktenar Music/ASCAP). Tracks 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15 are traditional, arranged by Oran Etkin (Iktenar Music/ASCAP)

Produced by Oran Etkin and Kabir Sehgal Edited and Mixed by Ethan Donaldson Mastered by Jennifer Munson at Taloowa Artwork & Design by Lynda Tovar

Oran Etkin plays Selmer clarinets, bass-clarinet and saxophones

WITH GRATITUDE TO: all the wonderful musicians who opened their soul on this album, Mary Ann Topper, Kabir Sehgal, Ethan Donaldson, Jen Munson, Lynda Tovar, Beth Blenz-Clucas, Lydia Liebman, Iskender Paydas, Honza Gregar, Jan Jelinek, Klara Brenova and everyone at Mladi Ladi Jazz, Eren Levendoglu, Sam Mataure, Katherine McVicker and everyone at MWI, Genevieve Peyregne, Boris Jourdin, Keith Ghion, Alexey Norkin, Laurie McConnell, Stephane Gentil, Laura Tabacof

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"great clarinet player, excellent improviser" - NYTimes critic Ben Ratliff
"composer of eminent individuality" - Yusef Lateef.
Voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s 2016 Critics Poll.
“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" - Irish Times
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