Latin America

Music Was Made in the Jungle

By Raquel Maldonado, Director, San Ignacio School of Music, & Director, Ensamble Moxos In a little jungle-engulfed town in the Bolivian Amazon sits a music program that has changed the region’s social, cultural, and artistic complexion: The Music School of...
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Editorial: El Sistema Venezuela Turns 45

By Rodrigo Guerrero, freelance consultant and longtime Subdirector of International Relations and Institutional Development for El Sistema Venezuela Last month, we celebrated another landmark year for El Sistema Venezuela. In its 45 years of activity, this institution has created an...
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Editorial | Competition, the Sistema Way

By Eric Booth, Co-Founder of The World Ensemble The English travel writer Pico Iyer moved to Japan 27 years ago, and his passionate hobby became playing ping-pong at a nearby club. His pleasure in the game comes from the way...
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Editorial | Athens to Texas: “We’re With You”

by Tricia Tunstall, Co-Founder and Executive Editor, The World Ensemble Over the past few months, some El Sistema activists in the United States have been mobilizing resources to launch an El Sistema program this month for immigrant children in Tornillo,...
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The Bolivars Bring Their New Sound to Russia

by Anis Barnat, Associate Project Manager, Askonas Holt, and Founder, El Sistema Greece The Bolívars are back! In December 2019, the 155-member Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, led by Maestro Christian Vasquez, were invited to perform in Russia. It...
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Music Up! Putting Music at the Service of Community

by Cecilia Velázquez Moreno, Manager, Orquestando Armonía Orquestando Armonía (Orchestrating Harmony) was born in Boca del Río, Mexico, in July 2014, through an initiative of the municipal government. It is supported by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Boca del Río, which...
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A Mexican Village Hosts an International Music Festival

by Felix Alanis, Naolinco International Music Festival The Naolinco International Music Festival (Festival Internacional de Música Naolinco) is an annual summer music festival that takes place in the municipality of Naolinco, Veracruz, Mexico. The motto of the festival roughly translates...
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