Thanks to Alejandra Amarilla, the Landfill Harmonic has become a household name. These incredible children living in the barrios of Paraguay have become a worldwide sensation. Their story has touched the lives of millions, serving as an inspiration to everyone who watches their documentary or is fortunate enough to see them perform in person.
If these talented children have made you think about starting your own Landfill Harmonic, you’re in luck. It is entirely possible to create a similar group in your own community.
3 Ways to Create Your Own Landfill Harmonic
Whether you’re living in an area without much extra money to purchase musical instruments or are simply inspired to start a group that makes music from recyclables, use the following three steps to get started on your dream:
1. Garner community support.
The secret to the success of the Landfill Harmonic is the supportive community behind it. It’s important to let your friends and neighbors in on your mission, as you will need a lot of help to get the group started. Seek the assistance of everyone interested ─ creative types, musicians, parents and anyone willing to work hard for an incredibly good cause.
2. Seek recyclables.
Start a recyclables drive, asking people to donate materials such as pipes, scrap metal and wood that can be used to craft instruments. You may be surprised by the materials that can be used to make beautiful-sounding musical instruments.
3. Recruit your musicians.
You can’t have a youth orchestra without any young musicians. Search for children who are interested in becoming part of the group. Do your best to include all interested kids, as you don’t want to turn any aspiring musicians away.
Alejandra Amarilla Tells the Story of the Landfill Harmonic
When the residents of Cateura, Paraguay banded together to create The Recycled Orchestra, they didn’t do it to become famous. The idea to create a youth orchestra came from a humble garbage picker with a creative mind like no other. He used his amazing talents and vivid imagination to craft musical instruments for the children from trash.
Alejandra Amarilla heard the story of this group and was instantly amazed and inspired. She wanted to do her part to support The Recycled Orchestra, so she decided to form a team and create a documentary on the orchestra. Production began in 2010, when Alejandra Amarilla and her team traveled to Paraguay to begin filming the group. They returned to shoot additional footage in 2011.
When the time came to turn the footage into the powerful documentary it is today, Alejandra Amarilla faced the challenge of a lifetime raising the funds. She took on the challenge and used the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to seek assistance, ultimately garnering the support of more than 5,000 donors and largely surpassing her goal.