sábado, 16 de septiembre de 2017

World Renowned Musician and Educator Oran Etkin Announces Concert Dates & Opens Flagship Soho Venue For His Timbalooloo Program

"A Composer of Eminent Individuality" - Yusef Lateef
“From the age of two, our son was talking about Herbie Hancock, Mozart, Samba, and African music - and he knew the difference.” – Harvey Keitel and Daphna Kastner Keitel
"Really, really remarkable. He has touched both our boys' lives." – Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber

"Ebullient Swing Rhythm" - New York Times

New York City, NY -- Internationally recognized clarinetist, composer, bandleader, and educator Oran Etkin has a busy Fall ahead of him. The world-renowned jazz and world artist, whose music has appeared on a Grammy winning compilation and been praised in the New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Public Radio International, US Weekly and more, is taking on the Fall season with a series of prominent performances and with the opening of the first brick and mortar home for his popular Timbalooloo music education program.

Since Kelenia, his first release on Motema Records in 2009, Etkin has established himself as one of the top clarinetists and composers of his generation. His numerous critically acclaimed releases for Motema include 2014’s world-music infused Gathering Light, and 2015’s celebrated What’s New: Reimaging Benny Goodman, both of which will be featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center this month. Simultaneously, Etkin has been developing Timbalooloo, a groundbreaking new method to teach children music during the earliest years, when they’re able to become fluent in language so intuitively. In an exciting major move, Timbalooloo will now be expanding its presence with a new permanent space in the vibrant Soho neighborhood in New York City! The venue will have a soft opening with a limited schedule of classes starting in October which will be followed by an official launch in January 2018.
In October, Etkin will be drawing on all the aforementioned projects for a jam-packed schedule of events; the apex being two back-to-back nights at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. On October 24th Etkin will present his critically acclaimed What’s New? Reimagining Benny Goodmanwith vibraphonist Steve Nelson, pianist Helen Sung and drummer Matt Wilson. The concert will feature Etkin’s music inspired by Goodman’s famous 1930s quartet, but with a new surprise in store: a tip of the hat to the classical side of Goodman, with a special performance of one of Bela Bartók’s Contrasts, which was originally commissioned and performed  by Goodman together with Bartok and Joseph Szigeti in 1938. On October 25th, Etkin will return with his Gathering Light project inspired by Etkin’s tours in Indonesia, China and Japan. The evening will feature guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Ben Allison and drummer Nasheet Waits.
A series of Timbalooloo programming kicks off October 1 in France at the Nimes Metropole Jazz Fest.  Etkin will bring the children back home a taste of France on October 7th at National Sawdust in Brooklyn with the inaugural concert of National Sawdust’s 2017-2018 season of Monthly Timbalooloo Duo Concerts - this first concert featuring French washboard wizard StéphaneSeva. Timbalooloo will then move to Manhattan to take part in the Madison Square Park Annual Fall Kids Fest on October 14th. Etkin will end the month back in Europe on October 29th for the Enjoy Jazz Fest in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Etkin will continue his National Sawdust Duo Series on November 4th and December 9 and on December 25th he will host the annual Christmas-day concert at the Jewish Museum with his long-time West African musical collaborators, foreshadowing an African tour in 2018.
Founded in 2005 by Etkin, Timbalooloo has reached over 10,000 children worldwide. In the Timbalooloo Method, instruments come to life and speak through their music so that children learn to express themselves not by having to execute the correct notes, but rather by making their instruments “come alive” and actually “speak the language of music”. Through fun games, stories, songs and movements, children engage with a diverse cultural heritage ranging from Tito Puente to MozartWillie Nelson to Herbie Hancock. The benefits reach far beyond music, developing skills in math, history, cultural appreciation, empathy, speech, and fine and gross motor skills. In addition, children learn what is arguably the most important skill in life -- to really listen to what is happening in the moment, and then find a way to add their own beauty.
Etkin hand selected and trained a small handful of teaching artists who now teach his method in schools and home-classes throughout New York.  Meanwhile Etkin has released his original Timbalooloo music on albums including his 2010 Motema release Wake Up, Clarinet and Grammy winning compilation All About Bullies Big And Small.  He also tours worldwide, presenting his Timbalooloo program alongside his shows for adults at major festivals in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

Timbalooloo is one of the rare instances where distinguished jazz luminaries and A-list celebrities find common ground. Not only has it garnered the attention of Herbie Hancock (who was so impressed with the program that he invited Etkin to present it at International Jazz Day in Paris and recorded a special video for the Timbalooloo kids), but also that of Naomi Watts, Edie Falco, Ken Burns and other A-listers who have made Timbalooloo their music program of choice for their children. “His ability to teach children about interesting music (rather than the litany of obvious choices) and keep them fully engaged and willing to learn was really really remarkable. He has touched both of our boys lives,” says Watts and Liev Schreiber. Even Martha Stewart loves Timbalooloo, which is evidenced in this article in US Weekly.  
More information is available at www.oranetkin.com and www.timbalooloo.com .
Learn about Timbalooloo!
Learn about the National Sawdust Duo Series
Herbie Hancock's Message To Kids In Timbalooloo Program
Herbie Hancock's Message to Timbalooloo Kids!
Oran Etkin - What's New? Reimagining Benny Goodman (Teaser)
Learn More About "Reimagining Benny Goodman"
Oran Etkin - Gathering Light EPK w/ Lionel Loueke, Nasheet Waits, Ben Allison & Curtis Fowlkes
Learn More About "Gathering Light"
¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

More information at www.oranetkin.com and www.timbalooloo.com .
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martes, 12 de septiembre de 2017

Free Radicals Has Weathered The Floods Relatively Intact...

Free Radicals Has Weathered The Floods Relatively Intact, And Are Adding In Benefit Concerts For Flood Relief

Sun Sep 17, 6 - 9pm
Peace News fundraiser @ Mennonite Church, 1231 Wirt Rd

Free Radicals
Celebrate The Release of Their New CD 
“Outside the Comfort Zone"

Beaumont CD Release
Fri Sep 22, 10:00pm – 11:59am
Texas Rose Saloon, 2013 S. MLK, Beaumont TX
Houston CD Release

Saturday, September 23rd
11:00pm – 12:59am
Last Concert Cafe Houston
1403 Nance St
Houston, TX 77002

(713) 226-8563

Austin CD release
Saturday, September 30th
11:00pm – 12:00am
Sahara Lounge
1413 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78721

(512) 927-0700

Artist: Free Radicals
Title: Outside The Comfort Zone
Catalog Number: RWE017
Artist Website: freerads.com
Release Date: Oct. 1, 2017
UPC Code: 654483001728
Musicians & Songwriters:

Pete Sullivan: bari sax
Jason Jackson: alto sax
Aaron Varnell: tenor sax
Tom VandenBoom: trombone
Matt Serice: trumpet & keys
Nick Cooper: drums & perc.
Al Bear: guitar
Jacob Breier: bass
Nick Gonzalez: sousaphone 
In 1998, Free Radicals’ first CD “The Rising Tide Sinks All” warned against the next Iraq War four years before it started. A decade later, Pakistan’s leading English newspaper, Dawn, called the CD “a premonition waiting to become true.” In 2012, Free Radicals' fourth CD “The Freedom Fence” warned against border walls four years before Trump made them a cornerstone of his campaign for president.
Now on its 20th year, Free Radicals presents a new CD “Outside the Comfort Zone,” that warns against a white supremacist apartheid society in which consumers are oblivious to human rights abuses going on right outside the window.
Free Radicals is a horn-driven instrumental dance band with a commitment to peace and justice, and is the 13 time winner for “Best Jazz” in the Houston Press Music Awards. Equally comfortable performing in clubs, street protests, punk rock house-parties, art openings, weddings, funerals, and breakdance competitions, Free Radicals prides itself in adaption and supporting members of targeted communities for whom “apartheid” is not merely a metaphor.
On the new recording, Free Radicals welcomes many guests including Harry Sheppard & Damon Choice, two elder vibraphonists who played with Benny Goodman and Sun Ra Arkestra respectively, along with a dozen other long time collaborators.
“The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions.” - The New Yorker 

¡¡Amor y Jazz!!

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sábado, 9 de septiembre de 2017

New Christmas Jazz CD From Chris Pasin and Friends "Baby It's Cold Outside"

New Christmas Jazz CD
From Chris Pasin and Friends
"Baby It's Cold Outside"

 Jazz trumpeter Chris Pasin spreads warm holiday spirit with his new CD
of seasonal classics, Baby, It’s Cold Outside 

Label: Planet Arts
Artist Website
Release Date: OCTOBER 6, 2017
UPC Code: 820428301714

Track listing w/ track time
1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas 5:44
2. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 5:21
3. We Three Kings of Orient Are 6:31
4. Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel 6:34
5. Baby It’s Cold Outside 4:22
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear 4:41
7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 4:48
8. Greensleeves 4:10
9. Christmas Time is Here 4:24

10. I’ll be Home for Christmas 3:24
11. The Christmas Song 7:18

Chris Pasin - trumpet, ugelhorn, vocal, Armen Donelian - piano, Ira Coleman - bass, Je Siegel - drums, Rich Syracuse - bass, Peter Einhorn - guitar, Patricia Dalton Fennell - vocal 

From subtle to sexy to swinging, Chris Pasin and friends shine a brilliant light on the best yuletide favorites

Nothing gets music lovers in a celebrating mood like listening to their favorite carols, and this brand-new CD, Baby, It’s Cold Outside, delivers a whopping dose of holiday cheer. On 11 of the most-beloved sounds of the season, trumpeter Chris Pasin and friends show they have a real gift for making such familiar material their own, while maintaining the spirit and warmth that’s such a major part of the yuletide celebrations.

Equally comfortable on both trumpet and ugelhorn, leader Chris Pasin has proved himself among the most versatile of musicians. Besides fronting his own bands, he’s been a mainstay of ensembles led by the likes of Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin, George Russell, and Brother Jack McDu . Pasin has also appeared with legendary gures including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Mel Torme and Ray Charles, to name a few.

For Baby, It’s Cold Outside, Pasin has assembled a stellar ensemble of some of the most in-demand musicians on the New York jazz scene. Among them: pianist Armen Donelian (Sonny Rollins, Chet Baker, Paquito D’Rivera); bassists Ira Coleman (Freddie Hubbard, Betty Carter, Herbie Hancock) and Rich Syracuse (Mose Allison, Bernard Purdy, Kurt Elling); drummer Je Siegel (Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Sheila Jordan); singer Patricia Dalton Fennell (Dave Holland, Giacomo Gates, Pete Levin); and guitarist Peter Einhorn (Joe Lovano, Placido Domingo, Jim Hall).

Highlights from Baby, It’s Cold Outside include:
“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”: Here’s a subtle, sensitive and understated version of a classic that steers clear of the overly sentimental, right from Donelian’s heart-felt piano opener. “We Three Kings”: Uptempo and bursting with energy, the band brings great drive and brilliant feeling to this beloved carol, which features an excellent solo from leader Pasin. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”: Check out the sexy and playful collaboration between Pasin and vocalist Patricia Dalton Fennell. The twosome demonstrate their wit and camaraderie as they work their seductive skills on the lyrics. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”: A very welcome new take on a traditional tune turns it into a cooker; the great rhythmic drive makes it downright danceable. “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”: Pasin and Einhorn shine on solos in this unique treatment of a 1940s-vintage hit.

Pasin and friend’s fresh take on the greatest songs of the season celebrate the beloved classics in an original and vastly appealing style. Listeners will enjoy old favorites in a new way this holiday season, thanks to the great renditions performed by this talented and creative ensemble. 


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