“If you paint your village, you paint the whole world”

imageBerta Rojas‘ new album “Salsa Roja” was released last month, paying tribute to her beloved Latin America. But what makes this collection of music extra special is the collaboration with the Recycled Instruments Orchestra of Cateura — or Landfill Harmonic Orchestra — a 19-member ensemble comprised of children from Asunción, Paraguay who perform using instruments they have built from recycled trash. Berta is also working to design what she hopes will be the Cateura Music School, the town’s very first music school with real instruments.

In case you didn’t catch it, this heartwarming video is a backstage look at the project she was involved in, in her native Paraguay, with composer and conductor Edín Solís and the children of Loma San Jerónimo. Continue reading

The Midst of Life’ A Hearty Celebration of the Life and Music of STEPHEN DODGSON (1924-2013)

The Midst of Life: Celebrating the Life and Music of Stephen Dodgson

MAE Foundation

Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom


The Tippett String QuartetMAE Foundation
John Williams (guitar)
Maggie Cole (harpsichord)
Richard Harvey (recorder)
Anna Noakes (flute)
Gillian Tingay (harp)
Zone 6 Brass Quintet
Roger Chase (viola)
Benedict Cruft (violin)
Brian Gulland (bassoon)
Tom Ellis (guitar)
and more… subject to availability

The Tippett String Quartet, who have recorded all nine of Stephen Dodgson’s quartets, and John Williams, who has played his music for 57 years, lead this wide-ranging celebration of his life and work.

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