Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

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Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Thomas Hastay » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:14 pm

Proof that you need very little to bring Music and Joy to the world!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6rgkCUstaE
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Jason Rodgers » Fri Dec 07, 2012 7:11 pm

Wow. It's like a step down from La Sistema in Venezuela. Amazing. I'm showing this to every one of my classes Monday.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Steven Wilson » Sun Dec 09, 2012 11:07 pm

Very nice
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Jason Rodgers » Mon Dec 10, 2012 12:25 am

Ugh. Upon rereading my post, I realize that my comment sounds very patronizing. What I should have said was: a program with as strong a humanist drive to raise people up from poverty through the power of music, but without the government backing of programs like "La Sistema" in Venezuela. If anything, this story is more inspiring.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Steve Graves » Tue Dec 11, 2012 1:41 am

People simply us whatever they have to make music. Whether you use trash or the best materials in the world has no bearing upon the hearts of the player and listener. Greater mysteries are at work.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Michael Lewis » Wed Dec 12, 2012 2:51 am

I sent the link to several friends. It is inspiring to see such achievement under such adversity, and makes me grateful to be living where I do.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby John Mueller » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:46 pm

I showed this to my students in MS string orchestra class and the fist comment was, "Oooo! I want one of those violins."
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Jason Rodgers » Wed Dec 12, 2012 5:35 pm

I did a little googling on this organization, and found that they have an "instrument bank" set up in Arizona for donations. They're not as of yet a non-profit, but they're working on it. I'm trying to figure out how to work a $$ donation into an upcoming fundraising event I'm doing with my students.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Michael Lewis » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:44 am

How about making some better quality instruments and donating them? It would probably be easier to "find" decent instruments and buy them to donate.
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Clay Schaeffer » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:19 pm

Hi Michael,
There is a bit of a "catch -22 " to donating better quality instruments. On the one hand, they will be more refined and perhaps more playable, on the other they will slightly disparage the efforts of the luthiers who are making instruments from found materials, and diminish the uniqueness of the band. How to walk that fine line......
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Ryan Mazzocco » Thu Dec 13, 2012 9:50 pm

WOW! I admit that I have been putting off watching this because I was expecting it to just be some dumb, cheesy "Fat Albert Junyard band" kind of thing. I finally watched it and I was BLOWN AWAY! So Awesome!
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby Jason Rodgers » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:08 pm

As described in the film, the garbage instruments genuinely provide an instrument (in the maestro's words) for kids to start their first lessons "with dignity" where no instrument would otherwise exist.

However, there are clearly some secondary benefits and effects from creating and using these recycled instruments:

1) locals in the villages surrounding this landfill (additional googling reveals that these communities are severely impoverished and live in and around a massive landfill that has poisoned their lands and resources) are able to make these improvised instruments for their children, which gives them an opportunity for emotional/spiritual and possibly economic relief;

and 2) that the global community will be horrified by the conditions that these people face and will find ways to support them financially and musically (instruments, instruction, maybe Gustavo Dudamel will make a visit).

They may always use these garbage instruments as their amazing demonstration of ingenuity and perseverance, but I bet they'll have plenty of real instruments soon enough (especially once the full-length documentary comes out).
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Re: Inspiring Luthiers and Musicians.

Postby David King » Thu Dec 13, 2012 11:46 pm

It's interesting that you can't really get around the bow. You still need a well shaped stick and horse hair to get the job done.
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