Band plays instruments made from recycled trash

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by Tami Hoey

azfamily.com

Posted on August 9, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Updated Friday, Aug 9 at 11:52 AM

PHOENIX -- A new musical group is making its U.S. debut at the Valley's Musical Instrument Museum this weekend. And while some might say their performances are kind of "trashy", the performers would take that as a compliment.

The young musicians of the Recycled Orchestra from Paraguay actually perform on instruments made from trash. They play classical musical, but their instruments are anything but traditional.

"The story behind this is amazing," says Dr. Daniel Piper of the MIM. "The kids in Paraguay didn't have money for instruments, so their instructor went to the landfill and got all his materials like cans and boxes and buttons, etc., from the landfill and you can see what it sound like. Amazing."

The band uses a violin made from cereal boxes, trumpets made of pipes, and clarinets made with metal and buttons.

The orchestra is also the subject of a documentary called "Landfill Harmonic" which is set to be released next year.

There are plenty of other activities for the family at the MIM this weekend, as well. Guests can watch multimedia artist Joe Willie Smith make an instrument from recycled materials, or pick up a Seek ’n’ Find Activity Guide for a self-guided tour of MIM’s most outstanding instruments created from re-purposed materials.

"On Saturday, we're going to have performances from the kids and displays," says Piper. "You can come and make your own instruments from some of the recycled things we've found. It's fun for the entire family."

The MIM is located at 4725 E Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. For more information, call 480-478-6000 or visit mim.org.

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