The Zambiland Photo Gallery

The Zambiland Orchestra... It is truly a long, strange tale, the truth of which may never be known - especially if you hear it from Col. Bruce Hampton. We begin our part of the story in 1996, when drummer Apt.Q-258, AKA Jeff Sipe, established The Zambiland Orchestra to play a Christmas show for fun at Smithe's Olde Bar. With a little help from his friends, it has continued to grow, featuring more than 130 national recording and touring artists. The Z.O. holds an annual Christmas concert each December in Atlanta, and sometimes a special show or two through out the year. [Like, maybe one this summer way up in the High Sierras... wink, wink!]

The orchestra follows the visionary conducting of Lincoln Metcalf of Late Bronze Age. He uses traditional cues, as well as, posters, plungers, giant forks and spoons... any means necessary, to boldly go where no band has gone before. The list of performers that have been involved with The Zambiland Orchestra is incredible! Sam Bush, Michael Kang, Richie Hayward, Jeff Coffin, Stanton Moore, Derek Trucks, Jimmy Herring, and Jon Fishman are just the tip of the iceberg of players who have performed in the orchestra over the years. Though large group improvisation is the main focus of the experiment, dividing the ensemble into smaller groups helps to feature a player's unique talents. So, whether it's vacuum cleaner solos, the "guit-army", didgeri-bone and theremins, funky drum grooves, or dueling mandolins, The Zambiland Orchestra invites you to come celebrate a joyful noise!

BoulderMusic.com, JamBase & Groovetography are pleased to present the Zambiland Photo Gallery. Special thanks go out to photographer Michael Weintrob of Groovetography for putting this together!

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