WMI Celebration of World Music and Dance

Oran Etkin (600 x 400 px) (1)
photo credit Jose De Holanda and Lynda Tovar

Thursday,  June 20, 2024

Join us for our annual year-end celebration that also raises funds for our upcoming Season so we can continue to bring you the very best in world music and dance.

The event takes place at a luxurious duplex private residence in the South Street Seaport area and will feature live music by Oran Etkin that reflects WMI’s motto Many Cultures – One World (see details below). light food and drinks will be served.

Location: 726 Water Street, Manhattan
Tickets: Early Bird (through June 5) – $95 | General Admission – $125
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In case you are not able to join us on June 20, please show your support by making a donation.

Oran Etkin has been described as “Ebullient” by The New York Times, and voted #1 rising star clarinetist in DownBeat Magazine’s Critic’s Poll. His music can be heard on concert stages worldwide and on numerous recordings, including a Grammy Award-winning compilation. He is on the faculty of The New School University and has also appeared as a guest lecturer at Harvard University. French newspaper Libération chose his Paris concert as one of the top 6 musical events of the year, hailing it as ”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.”

Recorded as Etkin toured in Brazil, Zimbabwe, US, Canada, the Czech Republic, and and Turkey, Open Arms features on-location collaborations with musicians in each country as well as innovative use of sampling and electronics to improvisational deconstruct these field recordings in an interconnected web spun by Etkin’s live band. This fresh combination of deeply traditional sounds with forward-looking improvisations and electronics tells a spellbinding story of an opening and connected world, rooted in its cultures yet intent on forging a new path forward.

More about Open Arms

Line up for the June 20 performance:

Oran Etkin – clarinet, bass-clarinet, saxophpone
Rohin Khemani – tabla and percussion
Vinicius Gomes – guitar
Sam Minaie – bass


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