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Recorded in São Paulo, this is the 6th single in Oran Etkin's Open Arms Project, which chronicles collaborations with great masters all around the world. This track is a collaboration with legendary pianist Benjamim Taubkin and features percussionist and dancer Kabé Pinheiro.

Barco begins with a slow movement that flows into a duet between percussionist Kabé Pinheiro and Etkin. Pinheiro uses a traditional dance form from his home state of Minas Gerais, strapping shakers to his ankles and creating rhythms with his whole body, The tradition comes from Congado, an afro Brazilian devotional event dedicated to the Black Holly Mother. Taubkin explains that “the story tells of a vision that the enslaved people had in the 18th century in a lake of the Holly Mother… and she was black! When they came back to the main house of the farm and shared the miracle, they were beaten. This event lives on in a big procession each year, with hundreds of drums, singing and dancing. Kabé’s step dance is a reference to this tradition and the continuity of rhythm.”


released April 16, 2021
Oran Etkin - bass-clarinet
Benjamim Taubkin - piano
João Taubkin - bass
Kabé Pinheiro - drums, percussion and body percussion


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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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