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The Jewish Museum Presents TIMBALOOLOO WITH ORAN ETKIN, May 6


The Jewish Museum will present Timbalooloo with Oran Etkin on Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 pm. Oran Etkin's whimsical concert for families blends global melodies and rhythms, from the music of Africa to klezmer and jazz. Etkin will play tunes from his 2010 album, Wake Up, Clarinet! and will create musical connections between Africa and Israel in conjunction with the Museum's current exhibition, Kehinde Wiley/The World Stage: Israel. Etkin's interactive performance effortlessly conveys sophisticated concepts in a fun musical language that kids of all ages can understand.

Tickets are $16 per adult; $11 per child; $13 adult Jewish Museum family level member; and $9 child Jewish Museum family level member. This program is for children age 2 to 7. Adults are asked to accompany their children. For information about family programs at The Jewish Museum, call 212.423.3337. Tickets for programs at The Jewish Museum can be purchased online at the Museum's web site,

Oran Etkin is an internationally acclaimed jazz and world music artist, and the creator of Timbalooloo, a unique new method of enriching children's innate musicality and overall development. Etkin has performed around the world with musicians ranging from rapper Wyclef Jean to jazz guitarist Mike Stern. He brings his experience into the Timbalooloo method, which incorporates rhythms and melodies from Africa, South America, Asia, and Europe. Over the course of five years, working with over 600 students. Etkin developed a way to teach the fundamentals of music while supporting healthy cognitive, physical and emotional development as well as cultural and historical awareness. Etkin has since taken his educational method on tour, enabling families throughout the US to participate in his classes and to enjoy full-band Timbalooloo performances.

Etkin's 2010 release, Wake Up Clarinet!, won the Independent Music Award for Best Children's Album. It features nine tracks by Etkin's working jazz group with vocalist Charenee Wade and drummer Jason Marsalis as well as video from a Timbalooloo concert with Clara Net and Big Mama Tuba. Described as a "great clarinet player" and "an excellent improviser" by New York Times jazz critic Ben Ratliff, his 2009 release, Kelenia, won the Independent Music Award for Best World Beat Album. Etkin was also featured on All About Bullies...Big and Small, winner of 2012 Grammy Award for Best Children's Album.

The Edgar M. Bronfman Center for Education's school and family programs are supported by endowed funds established by the Bronfman Family, the Muriel and William Rand Fund, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, Rosalie Klein Adolf, the Kekst Family, and Mrs. Ida C. Schwartz in memory of Mr. Bernard S. Schwartz. We thank the following for their generosity: the Kekst Family, Capital One, MetLife Foundation, J.E. and Z.B. Butler Foundation, JPMorgan Chase, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., Alpern Family Foundation, The Pumpkin Foundation at the request of Joseph H. and Carol F. Reich, Newman's Own Foundation, Epstein Teicher Philanthropies, Rose M. Badgeley Residuary Charitable Trust, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Jewish Museum Volunteer Organization, and other donors. We gratefully acknowledge public support from: New York State Council on the Arts, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, Council Member Daniel R. Garodnick, Council Member Brad Lander, Council Member Mark Weprin, and other City Council Members.

Widely admired for its exhibitions and collections that inspire people of all backgrounds, The Jewish Museum is one of the world's preeminent institutions devoted to exploring the intersection of art and Jewish culture from ancient to modern times. The Jewish Museum organizes a diverse schedule of internationally acclaimed and award-winning temporary exhibitions as well as dynamic and engaging programs for families, adults, and school groups. The Museum was established in 1904, when Judge Mayer Sulzberger donated 26 ceremonial art objects to The Jewish Theological Seminary of America as the core of a museum collection. Today, a collection of 26,000 objects is maintained - paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, archaeological artifacts, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media. The collection is among the three largest of its kind in the world and is distinguished by its breadth and quality. It is showcased in the vibrant, two-floor permanent exhibition, Culture and Continuity: The Jewish Journey, examining the Jewish experience as it has evolved from antiquity to the present.

Museum hours are Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, 11am to 5:45pm; Thursday, 11am to 8pm; and Friday, 11am to 4pm. Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $10.00 for senior citizens, $7.50 for students, free for children under 12 and Jewish Museum members. Admission is free on Saturdays. For general information on The Jewish Museum, the public may visit the Museum's website at or call 212.423.3200. The Jewish Museum is located at 1109 Fifth Avenue at 92nd Street, Manhattan.

Photo Credit:  Dusan Reljin

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