|Oran Etkin's Kelenia
Hometown: New York
Web site: http://www.oranetkin.com
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Reed player Oran Etkin’s singular voice brings together elements of modern jazz with traditional African and Israeli music. Since first forming Kelenia in 2003, Oran and the band's other original members - Balla Kouyate (balafon – an African xylophone) and Makane Kouyate (calabash and vocals) - have developed an almost telepathic connection that transcends nationality and genre to create music that is free and spontaneous enough to go into uncharted territories, and at the same time speak honestly from the heart.
“His version of a Malian jazz hybrid includes traces of Middle Eastern modality as well as ebullient swing rhythm. It doesn’t feel like the work of a dilettante, partly because Mr. Etkin puts such obvious effort into the act of cultural translation.” New York Times
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