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When you think of an orchestra, you're probably picturing refined woodwoods, brass, and strings. But one ensemble I recently met is made up mostly of kids who play instruments made out of literal trash. This is the Recycled Orchestra from Cateura, Paraguay, and their group is the subject of a new documentary film.

Derek Gripper was a musician with a problem. He'd been playing classical music since he was 6 years old — violin, then piano and finally guitar. He was poised for an international career as a classical guitarist. But he remembers going to the homeland of one of his favorite composers, Johann Sebastian Bach.

"It felt kind of strange," he says. "It felt strange to be in Germany playing Bach to them."

Sessions from Studio A - PINK BEAM

Sep 8, 2016
Carl Nelson

PINK BEAM performing "Where I'm From" in WNIJ's Studio A:

Find PINK BEAM on the web at Facebook and Bandcamp

Guy Stephens / WNIJ News

Beloit College alumna and accomplished cellist Helen Gillet ’00, Victor E. Farrell Endowed Artist-in-Residence this fall, will perform at the college's Eaton Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.

Gillet is a jazz-based cellist, singer, composer, and improviser. She is known for performing an eclectic mix of French, contemporary jazz, North Indian, blues and classical styles. 

First Listen: Jóhann Jóhannsson, 'Orphée'

Sep 8, 2016

One of the most enduring stories at the intersection of music and love is the Orpheus myth. The ancient Greek paragon of all-encompassing musical talent and fatalistic passion has inspired artists of all stripes in all eras.

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