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   


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Bend it like Bhamra! Recording with Kuljit Bhamra…
From performing with Shakira to working on Bend it Like Beckham, virtuoso tabla player Kuljit Bhamra is one of the most influential musicians, composers and producers on the British Asian music scene.  A pioneer of the worldwide bhangra phenomenon, back in the day he combined traditional Indian rhythms with Western instruments and multitrack recording techniques, transforming Punjabi music into a new dancefloor sensation.
We headed over to his studio/home in Southall (West London), which used to be The Yard recording studios - part of the Westar Music Complex - where acts from Suede, The Auteurs and Billy Ocean used to record; in fact he told us his house used to be the storage building for Iron Maiden's touring gear!
Awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honour's List 2009 for his work in British Asian Music, Kuljit's composed and produced over 2000 songs and is responsible for the rise to fame of numerous stars of both bhangra and Bollywood.  In 2002 he worked with stage-musical guru Andrew Lloyd Webber for the West End production Bombay Dreams and spent the next two years appearing in the show as an on-stage percussionist.  Kuljit has also worked on movie scores for over a decade, including on Bend it like Beckham, Bhaji on the Beach, Alexander the Great, The Guru, The Four Feathers and most recently Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Since the 1980s, Kuljit has produced a number of albums for British and Indian artists, with international successes receiving both Platinum and Gold Disc awards, including his own 2005 platinum selling Himalaya Dawn collaboration with musician Shan Chana. 

Kuljit collaborates with many artists, including the jazz saxophonist Andy Sheppard (the album Dancing Man & Woman) and together they formed the jazz collective Cascade.  Other collective projects include both Bhangra Latina and Raga Mela - the later with the BBC Concert Orchestra.  In addition to also playing all over the world, Kuljit was the founder of label Keda Records!  Busy man, but he still found time to record with us for Orchestra of Samples!

Massive thanks to Jan and Irini at Waterman's.