First stop Brittany!

We’ve started work on our new project Orchestra of Samples!  We kicked things off with our very first official recordings, heading to France and for beautiful Brittany, for a short residency at the venue L’Echonova in the town of Vannes to work with local band Lyse and other musicians playing celtic instruments.

Lyse are an up-coming four-piece rock band from Brittany making a lot of noise for themselves with their dynamic and extremely loud shows. The three brothers and their drummer have already clocked up over 350 gigs and two albums in just a few short years with their full-on rock style, but what they performed for us was very different indeed, awesome stuff and would definitely surprise their fans.

With big thanks to Dorian Sims (lead vocals), Pierre-Antoine Sims (guitar), Charles-Alexandre Sims (bass) and Ronald Doucet (drums).

Nioubardophones & friends: The Keravec brothers are movers and shakers in Britanny’s traditional music scene and have several music projects on the go, including Nioubardophones which fuses both traditional and jazz music. They also told us of another project they’re working on with a number of African artists too, seems these guys simply don’t stop making music! They came to the recordings session at L’Echonova with a whole bunch of talented local musician friends, playing celtic harp (beautiful and eerie), flute (just mesmerising), Biniou (which means ‘bagpipe’ in the Breton language) and accordion (so very french!). Great few days!

Erwan Keravec : bagpipe / Guénolé Keravec : bombard / Ivonig Le Mestre : biniou koz / Mathieu Sérot: Transverse flute / Magali Le Sciellour : accordion / Marie Wambergue : Celtic harp     www.myspace.com/nioubardophones

Massive thanks to Pierre Pauly and the Echonova team.