Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wednesday Wonder: Music from Garbage

People realize that we shouldn't throw away trash carelessly.
Well, we shouldn't throw away people either.
~ Recycled Orchestra Director Favio Chavez

Imagine playing music on instruments made from trash. This is what a group of impoverished youths in  remote Cateura, Paraguay, do. The musicians' town is itself built on a landfill (the residents make their living by culling items for recycling from tons of solid waste) and the instruments they play in their Recycled Orchestra ("Los Reciclados") have been assembled from refuse, everything from tin oil cans to tools to tenderize beef or make gnocci.

The story of this extraordinary, inspirational, transformative orchestra —  a story of invention, hope, resilience, endurance, empowerment, and community — is the subject of Landfill Harmonic, a forthcoming documentary directed by Graham Townsley and produced by  Alejandra Nash and Rodolfo Madero.

Here's a trailer for the film:

Landfill Harmonic movie teaser from Landfill Harmonic on Vimeo.

Go here to donate.

A December 2012 interview with executive producer Alejandra Nash and producer Juliana Penaranda-Loftus is here.

Landfill Harmonic on FaceBook and YouTube

Creative Visions Foundation on FaceBook

Sonidos de la Tierra (Music Program)


Kathleen said...

Neato! (I talked to a young man on the train about something like this once....)

S. Etole said...

Great quote.

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nance said...

interesting teaser. i would like to see the finished documentary.

Rubbish Removal NYC said...

I have heard of this from a friend, very interesting. Very skilled and proficient to say the least, from what I've seen and heard.

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Elisabeth Zguta said...

I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award