by Low Lai Chow in New Music on Wednesday 15 May 2013

A few years ago, garbage picker Cola teamed up with local musician Favio Chavez to cobble together instruments out of trash for some Paraguayan kids living in their slum. That’s violins and cellos from oil drums, flutes from water pipes and spoons and guitars from packing crates. The Landfill Harmonic — you have to love the pun on ‘philharmonic‘ — youth orchestra was born, and now a team is raising funds on KickStarter to shoot a documentary about it.