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   


  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 at MISS in Sevran, Paris…
Never away long from Paris, November 2014 saw us head back to the French capital to start (and finish in less than a week!) a new 'mini' artist-in-residence with the digital arts venue MISS - the Maison de l'Image et du Signe de Sevran.  In just a few days we filmed a couple of great recording sessions for Orchestra of Samples, gave a talk about our work to very enthusiastic students and finally performed the project in their cinema / theatre space, with live musicians Alejandro de Valera and Seifeddine Helal.

First to be filmed was fantastic Senegalese percussionist Lamine Sow, who teaches at the famous Cite de la Musique institution in Paris and is one of the organisers of the Africolor festival in France.  An accomplished musician, he’s performed with jazz greats like Archie Shepp and Carlos Ward, and was a member of the Bougarabou Ballet in Senegal, performing internationally at venues including the Paris National Opera at the Palais Garnier.  We recorded Lamine playing a range of percussion drums, although he specialises in djembe.
The following day, we recorded Mohamed Beldjoudi, first and foremost an incredible guitarist and avid lover of the blues and it’s history, but also a double Grammy nominee and co-founder of the Aulnay All Blues festival in the French city of Aulnay-sous-Bois, where he was artistic director until 2012.

Mohamed was part of the team that put together the album Chicago Blues: A Living History, which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2010, and was then followed up with Chicago Blues: A Living History - The (R) Evolution Continues - which picked up a 2012 Blues Music Awards in Memphis.

He was also director of La Cuisine Centre for Music Preparation in the city of Blanc-Mesnil and originally studied at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), writing a PhD about Congo Square in New Orleans, considered the birthplace of jazz.  He later collaborated with historian Freddi Williams Evans, publishing the book Congo Square, African Roots of New Orleans.  Mohamed is currently Deputy Director for Culture and Sports in the town of Sevran on the Paris outskirts.

Massive thanks go to Barbara and her whole team at M.I.S.S...!