Oran Etkin Open Arms Project - NYC Live Concert Premier With Special Guest Gnawa Musician Samir Langus Sept 22 Dizzy's Club Jazz at Lincoln Center

Oran Etkin Open Arms Project
NYC Live Concert Premier
With Special Guest Gnawa Musician Samir Langus
Thursday, September 22 Dizzy's Club
Jazz at Lincoln Center

About Open Arms Project:
With Open Arms Project, Etkin flipped the traditional record-then-tour model, taking time off during his tours to live with mbira masters in Zimbabwe, create new music with Roma musicians in Czech Republic and collaborate with legendary songwriters in Rio de Janeiro and innovative composers in Paris and São Paulo. As the world closed down in 2020, Etkin began releasing singles and music videos of each of these Open Arms collaborations that he had recorded on-location before the closures. Now Etkin presents a new live show, in which he and his band deconstruct and recompose fresh music based on the melodies, rhythms and motifs that he recorded around the world. The live band is enhanced with electronics as the musicians improvisationally trigger samples of stems from the original recordings creating new textures and grooves. Imagine hand-clapping from Zimbabwe, a string instrument from Turkey and two flutes from Brazil all layered on top of each other, triggered in and out spontaneously, with the band improvising in dialogue with the electronics. This combination of deeply traditional sounds with forward-looking improvisations tells the story of an opening and connected world, rooted in its cultures, yet intent on forging a fresh path forward.

This Dizzy's Jazz at Lincoln Center concert is the live concert debut of the new touring project. Israeli-American clarinetist Oran Etkin is joined by Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Gomes, Persian-American bassist Sam Minaie and American Drummer Anwar Marshall. They will be joined for this concert by special guest Moroccan Gnawa musician Samir Langus (who has collaborated with Etkin over the past years). The concert is part of the kick-off of the 2022-23 Jazz at Lincoln Center Season, themed "Jazz is Global".

Oran Etkin has been described as "Ebullient" by the New York Times, "composer of eminent individuality" by Yusef Lateef, voted #1 Rising Star Clarinetist in DownBeat Critics Poll and is featured on numerous recordings, including a Grammy Award winning album. French newspaper Libération chose his Paris concert with Sullivan Fortner as one of the top 6 musical events of the year, calling it "A concert of weightlessness, class, spark, inspiration and sharing. Magic uninterrupted… for such is the music of Etkin: sensitive to the exchange with the audience."

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