From digging into desert grooves with Touaregs on the rooftops of Timbuktu to all-night trance sessions with Sufi masters in the mountains of Morocco, percussionist, composer and globetrotter Orpheo McCord has traversed a wide musical landscape over the past 20 years.
Orpheo has been an active member of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zerossince the group’s inception over a decade ago.
Early on his musical journey, McCord would discover a deep love for the sacred rhythms of Africa and South America. This drove him to deepen his studies in Ghana, Mali, Morocco and Cuba.
McCord’s worldliness ensured that he made a name for himself, recording and touring as drummer for the influential post-punk English group, The Fall as well as prolific songwriter, Cass McCombs. He also performed with other luminaries such as The Flaming Lips, Ima Robot, Fool’s Gold, Tinariwen, Master Musicians of Jajouka, Brightblack Morning Light, and Harper Simon amongst others.
Orpheo has composed and contributed music to soundtracks including Stranger Land(Nicole Kidman), All Is Lost(Robert Redford), Prestige Ingredients(Alia Shawkat).
Presently, Orpheo is immersed in resonant percussion and its use in creating music that calms the nervous system and allows the listener space to go into a meditative state. He has developed a unique sonic palette using effected marimba and an array of indigenous instruments he has hand selected on his travels around the world. McCord’s ever evolving exploration in the integration of indigenous musics as well as his passionate curiosity to push sonic boundaries allow him to stand out both as a musician and composer.
McCord, who now lives in Ojai, California with his wife and two children, has just completed his debut solo album, “Recovery Inhale”.