June 2020 and we were to perform Orchestra of Samples at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris this month for the launch of their new online magazine Humanities Arts and Society, but the event was unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic. UNESCO are an agency for the United Nations, and their name is an acronym for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, they encourage international peace and collaborations.
On a positive note, we were also asked to write an article for the first edition of the magazine about Orchestra of Samples, its ten year history, our ever expanding archive and the whole ethos of breaking down cultural and musical barriers by sampling diverse instruments to create new music – in some cases those on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. The aim of HAS magazine is to contribute to cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collaborations, it’s a platform for positive change in society on both a local and global level. The article is now online here and you can see a short interview for their website below.
Earlier this year, before the pandemic, we visited UNESCO for a meeting (photos above). It’s a huge and beautiful building, built In the 1950’s and housing offices, multiple international assembly halls and conference rooms (all with interpreter booths / headphones for attending international guests) and an impressive art collection by the likes of Picasso, Henry Moore and Victor Vasarely.