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Mindful : June 2013
GIFT Find a reason to give someone something today. No matter how small. It could even be a moment of your time. Find more on Twitter @mindinterrupter OVERHEARD “If you are under stress, medita- tion—or whatever you choose to call it—helps. Very often I find myself in circumstances that may be considered stress- ful, say in oral arguments where I have to concen- trate very hard for extended periods. If I come back at lunchtime, I sit for 15 minutes and perhaps another 15 minutes later. Doing this makes me feel more peaceful, focused, and better able to do my work.” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, talking to CNN Sound Garden A bent fork, a metal container, and pieces of a tool once used to tenderize meat. These are just a few of the materi- als found in a vast dump in Cateura, Paraguay—home to 25,000 people, many of whom survive by picking through gar- bage. And some of that garbage has now been transformed into cellos, drums, and saxophones for The Recycled Orchestra— an ensemble of 25 budding musicians, led by music teacher and social worker Favio Chavez. The orchestra has per- formed in Brazil, Panama, and Colombia, and offers young players hope for a way out of poverty. “The world sends us garbage. We send back music,” says Chavez in a YouTube teaser for Landfill Harmonic, a feature- length film currently in development. The instruments are now on display at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona. “For thou- sands of years, people have been making music from the materials at hand,” Daniel Piper, curator at the MIM, told Mindful. “We think of violins and cellos as instru- ments made by the finest luthiers, and here people are making them out of trash. And making very cool music.” ● Watch the trailer at mindful.org/orchestra Tania Jazmin Vera holds her violin, which was made from material found in a Paraguayan landfill near her home. 14 mindful June 2013 now 14 mindful June 2013 PHOTOGRAPHCOURTESYOFLANDFILLHARMONICPRODUCTION