Orchestra of Samples
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Orchestra of Samples is our live project and album based on sampling recording sessions we’ve filmed with over 200 hundred musicians around the world, splicing them together to create a digital supergroup of international artists who never met but play together.

Exploring a new form of collaboration, we’ve spent years filming improvised recordings sessions with artists playing all manner of instruments around the world.  As well as drummers, guitarists, violinists, flutists and others, we filmed singers in Bhutan, musicians playing bagpipes made from whole goats, the futuristic sounds of the French Baschet instruments, Stereolab singer Laetitia Sadier, Motörhead original drummer Lucas Fox and Björk collaborator Henry Dagg - recording his Sharpsichord that he performed with on her Biophilia project.
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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   


  Oumar Kouyaté   


  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
Recording in Czeremcha, Poland
In July 2015 we headed to Poland to perform Orchestra of Samples at the Visegrad Wave Festival, which is also known as Festiwal Z Wiejskiego Podwórza (and roughly translates as the countryside or rural yard festival).  It takes place in the beautiful town of Czeremcha in Eastern Poland, in the Podlasie region near the border with Belarus and not far from Ukraine.  The festival, a mixture of arts, folk and world music was set up in 1996 by members of the Polish band Czeremszyna, who still run the festival today and who we recorded and filmed for Orchestra of Samples.  Krzysztof Sawicki, one of the band members, also performed with us during the show the following night.
The band Czeremszyna are inspired by the local Slavic folklore from the Podlasie region, where many cross-border cultures blend nicely – particularly Polish, Belarusian and Ukrainian.  They’re primarily folk based and their instruments include accordion, bass balalaika, dulcimer, percussion, mandolin, violin, Slovak fujara and sopiłki (both flute like instruments).  The band have played right across Europe and even in Nepal, and have released 4 albums, including the 2003 award winning “Hulaj póki czas".

The group was originally formed by multi-instrumentalist Barbera Kuzub-Samosiuk in 1993 and we recorded her first, playing her preferred weapon of choice, the accordion.  Then in the woods, we recorded Krzysztof Sawicki, playing what he called a Romanian-Irish bouzouki, it had such a crisp sound.  Then the craziest of instruments, the ridiculously enormous bass balalaika with Mirek Samosiuk.  And we stupidly thought all balalaika’s were small mandolin-style instruments – not so!  This was HUGE – have a look at the photo!  And then last to be recorded was more recently joined member Małgorzata Pałubska on violin, a student of the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw.

MASSIVE thanks to Krzysztof Sienkiewicz for organising things, what a star!