Orchestra of Samples
Click on the link for the project's own site, it includes much more than here, with a full blog of all recording sessions, live shows and more (for info, we no longer update this blog here).

Orchestra of Samples is our live project and album based on sampling recording sessions we’ve spent many years filming with hundreds of musicians worldwide improvising on all manner of instruments, splicing them together to create a digital supergroup of international artists who never met.
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  Wang Chung   Henry Dagg   Lætitia Sadier   The Beatbox Collective   Inner Vision Orchestra   Baluji Shrivastav   Bruno Zamborlin   Hamilton Yarns   Alistair Anderson   Shona Mooney   Matt Seattle   Callum Younger   Amy Leach   Rachel Cross   Brian Martin   Kuljit Bhamra   Bongosan   My Real Name Is Starship   Chris Birkett   


  Lamine Sow   Mohamed Beldjoudi   Theo Hakola   Cyril Atef   Lucas Fox   Milk Coffee and Sugar   Baschet Brothers   Francesco Russo   Catherine Brisset   Christophe Rosenberg   Etsuko Chida   Ommm   Sarah Olivier   Stephen Harrison   Alejandro de Valera   D de Kabal   Djeli Moussa Conde   Nëggus   Kungabram   Khalil Chekir   Mouloud Choutri   Brad Scott   John Matthews   Gatha   Lyse   Erwan Keravec   Guénolé Keravec   Ivonig Le Mestre   Mathieu Sérot   Magali Le Sciellour   Marie Wambergue   Patrick Oustric   Christian Conejero   Bruno Bim   Hubert Sciota   Arnaud Lalanne   Julien Boinot   Nicolas da Bass   Aleksandar Djordjevic   Serge Delmas   Rémi Stengel   Christophe Toussaint   Shake Down Baby   Coco Business Plan   (The) Silent Days   Erachehcare   Yakch'e   Day of Crisis   


  Livika   Luis Ortega   


  Mazinho Quevedo   Antonio Candido   Andréa dos Santos   Marina Mara   Patubatê   Samba de Responsa   


  Marcellus Nealy   Coppé   


  Trei Parale   Calin Torsan   


  Munazul   Humberto Alvarez   César Juarez   Héctor Vega Delo   Mariachi   


  Seifeddine Helal   Hamdi Makhlouf   Zouhheir Gouja   


  Korkutalo Bilgin   Orkun Tunc   


  Baye Fall Ndem   Abdoul Mbaye   Pape Mass   Massamba Diop   Matador   I-Science   Matar Diagne   


  Demba Fakourou   


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  Djmawi Africa   


  Nir Yaniv   Aram Drevekenin   Ira Bareli   Tal Segev   




  Mohammed Antar   


  Oussama Belmamoune   Issam Benkari   Idlasmad Houssaine   Hassan Bendaoud   Qamoum Mehdi   Said Baba   SiSimo   


  Ilya Baramia   Zmitser Holzman   Konstantin Chalykh   Sergey Balalaev   




  Bo Houss   Maya Kamaty
Border Crossing: Recording in Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Orchestra of Samples is about music without borders, and in early 2014 the Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival commissioned us to record Northumbrian and Scottish musicians for a performance of the project at their September 'border crossing' themed festival, tying in with the vote on Scottish independence.  And in July we headed to Berwick-Upon-Tweed...
It was great to film such renowned musicians as Matt Seattle, a Border Piper from Hawick, who's an expert on Border and Northumbrian pipes and fiddle music.  Matt's published several books on the subject and records / performs with his Matt Seattle Band.

Another hugely well known figure in the folk scene we recorded was Alistair Anderson, the internationally recognised master of the English Concertina but who also plays the Northumbrian Pipes.  He's released a number of albums, both collaborative and with The Alistair Anderson Band and in 1989 he co-founded Folkworks - a programme helping young people discover traditional music, that's now run by the Sage Gateshead.  And in 2001, with the Music Department of Newcastle University, he launched England’s first ever degree course in folk and traditional music.  One of the first to take that course and now a lecturer herself at Newcastle is fantastic Scottish violinist Shona Mooney, who we recorded playing her actual grandfather's fiddle!  She plays with the group The Shee and, in 2006, won the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year.
We also recorded 3 recent graduates from Newcastle, now one of the World's leading centres for the study of traditional music and still the only place in England offering a Folk & Traditional Music BA Honours degree.  First was percussionist Callum Younger, from the band Metro Champion, who plays the bodhran as his main instrument, the others being both tambour and tablas!  Next was singer Amy Leach from Edinburgh, who specialises in songs from Scotland and the North East of England.  Then Scottish fiddle player Rachel Cross, who plays with the amazing Bridie Jackson and the Arbour, the band Clash magazine described as “a midnight dark yet airily bright breath of fresh folkish air”!

And lastly, playing harmonica, was Berwick local guitar hero Brian Martin, owner of the The Music Gallery shop and Kazmiranda Café where regular live music nights are held!  HUGE thanks to Melanie and Gerry from BFMA and all those supporting this commission!