We all need to play the music that we hear inside. To do that, some of us have greater mountains to climb than others. For the Landfill Harmonic, it’s a mountain of trash.



About colinfalconer

author of bestselling historical novels like Anastasia, When We Were Gods, Aztec and Harem. My books have been published in the UK, US and ANZ and translated into seventeen languages.
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  1. prudencemacleod says:

    Wow, Colin, this is amazing. It brings new meaning to the old saying, “One man trash is another man’s treasure.”

  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwww-some. The sound that comes out of those instruments. Wow.
    I’ve seen this before but it still boggles the mind. We trash without thought and are wasteful.

  3. rolandclarke says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Wings and commented:
    A moving video that always move me.

  4. violafury says:

    This is awesome! It also reminds me of the fact that one of the 20th Century’s greatest cellist’s Pablo Casals, began learning to play cello on a gourd. When Bebi in this video via Colin Falconer tears into Bach’s “Unaccompanied Cello Suite #1 in G Major” on his cello made of whatnots and pieces if refuse cast off in a landfill, he soars with his music! That was my 1st Juried piece in University on the Viola! Truly inspiring and this should be required in every music classroom in America, to remind us what music is about. (Except for the Mozart at the end, sorry, Colin. Because… Mozart. I’m more of a Beethoven girl, but damn! What inspiration and good feelings; thank you, thank you, thank you, Colin!

    • Thanks Mary, I found this really moving too, the girl who said: Without music, my life wouldn’t mean anything, and all these young people getting such beautiful music out of scraps of tin and wire. Just amazed me, too!

  5. violafury says:

    I reblogged this, Colin and using Blogger, well let’s just say it’s axiomatic. You get what you pay for and free means a lot of word-arounds and patching stuff together. Anyway, I linked back to this post, and added some of my own zaniness along with some of my Music History(!) although, I went to university before the Punic Wars, so my facts my be a bit shoddy. My blog is Homeless Chronicles in Tampa, and here is the link. Again, Blogger look like amateur hour and I apologize, but hey, if Casals can learn to play on a gourd, I guess I can shut up about my not-mad blogging skills. http://homelesschroniclesintampa.blogspot.com/2013/10/reblog-if-this-doesnt-bring-tears-to.html Thanks again, and I figured after the idea for the incident regarding the trooper and “Eyes in the Sky,” you definitely returned the favor. In bunches. Off to play anything, not-Mozart.

  6. Jan says:

    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

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