Photo: The Paraguayan Orchestra of the Recycled Instruments
From Beethoven to the Beatles, from Vivaldi to Sinatra, this orchestra plays their music on instruments they built themselves, out of garbage.
The majority of these musicians hail from such poor backgrounds that creating their own cellos out of old cookie cans and kitchen spatulas is the only way they can play an instrument.
Some actually left their 14-hour day-jobs as recyclers in one of Paraguay’s main dump sites to pursue recycled-instrument-music making at “Sonidos De La Tierra,” an organization dedicated to the creation of schools and music workshops in marginal areas of Paraguay.
Some 700 instruments have been built by the 12,000 youngsters that have been trained in music by this organization; the Orchestra of the Recycled Instruments has performed over 80 concerts, including a 2008 performance for Former President Jimmy Carter, and a show for Nobel Peace prize winner and former Costa Rica President Óscar Arias.
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