This is Gambang Suling, the first track on Oran Etkin's new CD on Motema, "Gathering Light". The album intriguingly interweaves Etkin's fresh and adventurous compositions with melodies and rhythms he discovered on recent concert tours in Indonesia, China, Japan, Israel and Europe. The CD features Etkin's trio with Nasheet Waits and Ben Allison plus guests Lionel Loueke and Curtis Fowlkes.
US & Europe CD Release tour including NYC CD Release Party at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center on May 12, 2014! Full tour dates at www.oranetkin.com.
"Great clarinetist, excellent improviser" - The NY Times Critic Ben Ratliff on WBGO-The Checkout
"A Composer of Eminent Individuality" - Yusef Lateef
"Woodwind Maestro" - PRI's Afropop Worldwide
"Ebullient Swing Rhythm" - The New York Times
"Sets A New Standard For World Music In The Decade Of The 2000's" - All Music.com
Etkin's music emanates from an openness to discovery in the world, in himself and within his music. On Gathering Light Etkin digs deep, taking inspiration from the depths of the jazz tradition that he grew up with, the New Orleans roots that inspired him to play, and ancient sources from around the world, to create venturesome music that pushes the art form in new directions. From the opening bass clarinet notes of "Gambang Suling" (Etkin's homage to Indonesian musicians who taught him this folk song), to the tender closing notes of "When It's Sleepy Time Down South" ("played in thanks for the man who first sparked my love of music, Louis Armstrong," said Etkin), this adventurous, intrepid artist reveals a depth of musicianship, character, and gratitude that is massively appealing.