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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  Ilya Baramia   Zmitser Holzman   Konstantin Chalykh   Sergey Balalaev   




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Recording session in Morocco
June 2014, and while performing Orchestra of Samples at the Timitar music festival in Agadir, Morocco, the festival organised a recording session for us at the local Jazzawiya studios, where many international artists have rehearsed - including, at one time, the legend Bob Marley himself!  Guitarist Oussama Belmamoune, from the band Mehdi Nassouli, who were headlining that night at the festival, introduced us to a number of his amazing musician friends who we recorded for the project - including himself.
First up for recording was Issam Benkari playing darbouka, followed by Idlasmad Houssaine from Afghanistan who goes by the artist name Gent Leman - he plays both bass guitar and congas in Moroccan group Zegro Band, but we only recorded a conga session.  We laid down some great bass-lines with bass player Hassan Bendaoud and then with Qamoum Mehdi some traditional Moroccan style bass on guembri - which is also sometimes spelt gombri - which is a three stringed African bass guitar with a beautiful deep resonating sound because of the stretched camel skin covering the front (we recorded a slightly different one in Tunisia too, used in our track 'Hangman').
Lastly, we recorded guitarist Said Baba, who's from the Sahara region of southern Morocco, and he played some truly captivating and haunting traditional sounds from the Saharan tribes of that area.  It made the hairs on your arms and neck stand up!  Amazing sounds that we'll certainly sample and use in new compositions.

The next day, we met up with Moroccan rapper SiSimo, who was also performing at the Timitar Festival with French group MC Connexion, and who happened to be staying in the next room at the same hotel!  We got chatting by the pool and so asked if he wanted to be part of Orchestra of Samples, and he was really up for it - so we went to the roof and filmed an impromptu recording session...! What a star!

Massive thanks to Brahim El Mazned, Sebti El Moustapha, Houcine Rouchdi, Souaâd Oukaka and Christeline Cheikh.