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Orchestra Which Uses Instruments Made From Garbage Brings Its Music To South Coast

Paraguay's Recycled Orchstra, which is based at a slum outside of the nation's capitol, uses instruments made from items found at a dump because everyone is so poor. The orchestra played at Cal State Channel Islands this week

A slum in Paraguay is the unlikely home to an orchestra which has crisscrossed the world multiple times, including a stop on the South Coast this week.

The Recycled Orchestra can’t afford traditional instruments, so for the last decade it’s been making them out of garbage found at a dump.  The orchestra brought its music to Ventura County, as part of a U.S. tour also intended to promote a documentary about the group's incredible story.

KCLU’s Lance Orozco was on hand for the orchestra’s performance in Camarillo, and talks with its founder and some of its musicians.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.