What a moving story with crafty innovation. The instruments sound really good. I got mixed feelings of course, seeing how some people live and their environment. Not that I am unaware such places exist, but to actually get a peek into the culture and ecology. Always good to see the power, connecting, healing and inspiration music provides...apparently anywhere and with limited resources.
Nice find and thanks for bringing it onboard.
Some pics for those that can't watch vid:
Thanks to the orchestra, we were in Rio de Janeiro! We bathed in the sea, on the beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana. I never thought my dreams would become reality," said Tania Vera, a 15-year-old violinist who lives in a wooden shack by a contaminated stream. Her mother has health problems, her father abandoned them, and her older sister left the orchestra after becoming pregnant. Tania, though, now wants to be a veterinarian, as well as a musician.
The orchestra was the brainchild of Chavez, 37. He had learned clarinet and guitar as a child, and had started a small music school in another town in Paraguay before he got a job with an environmental organization teaching trash-pickers in Cateura how to protect themselves.
Chavez opened a tiny music school at the landfill five years ago, hoping to keep youngsters out of trouble. But he had just five instruments to share, and the kids often grew restless, irritating Chavez's boss.
So Chavez asked one of the trash-pickers, Nicolas Gomez, to make some instruments from recycled materials to keep the younger kids occupied.
edit on 16-12-2012 by speculativeoptimist because: (no reason given)