Orquesta de los Bosque Tropicales Projecto    2014-2015


The Orchestra of the Tropical Forest Project will help children and youth more deeply appreciate the tropical rainforest, the knowledge of Their elders and the culture of the Communities in Which lived and thrived in the tropical rainforest for millennium. 


Three explorers-culture musicians have come together to create the Orchestra of the Tropical Forest Project and Develop a participatory educational / artistic experience That will engage and train "musicians and community artist" from Indigenous and Afro-mestizo rural Communities to Take This experience back to Their Communities to teach children and young adults how to:

  • Retrieve and interpret the music of Their cultures. 
  • Create Local bands with children who are Participating in the project. 
  • Build and play pre-Columbian instruments. 
  • Listen and record the sounds of the forest: Ecophony 
  • Share What They Learned In Their Communities and make workshops in other nearby Communities.

The goal of the project is to be a bridge and a platform Between musicians from different cultures who eat. The object of Developing and providing experience This is to revitalize appreciation, interest in the tropical ecology That is being Threatened by development and to Promote the arts and cultures of Indigenous Peoples and Rural Communities That have lived in balance with nature and Have preserved in Original forests. As time passes and children spend less time in nature they 'lose the knowledge of living naturally why the environment is essential for the health of the planet.   

The Orchestra of the Tropical Forest will be Composed of Well Known and skilled musicians who are Committed to assisting in the creation of a broad network of young people who Understand and support the preservation of the Tropical Forest and cultures (Participants see below). Reflected in the composition of the orchestra is an inclusion of Both Indigenous musicians and formally trained musicians Which reflections reflects a respect for both.

An underlying principle of the project is "learn one / teach one."

The learning experience will use participatory metodologías Participants to engage on multiple levels: 

The status of the local artist we train the community will be enhanced by Their Involvement With the Orchestra of the Tropical Forest

There will be collaborative learning as the members of our rural community Work with Orchestra musicians who's creative work is based on the local Indigenous traditions rather than formal musical education. Three members of the Orchestra are not formally trained musicians, but through Their Work with Project Jirondaï Have Become Well Known Who Have spanned musicians Indigenous cultures. 

Because of the unique style That is the foundation of rural and Indigenous musicians there will be an exchange of Knowledge Between the Indigenous artists and the formally trained, but sympathetic members of the Orchestra.

The tools and experiences Local musicians have the With This project will be the foundation for the next phase where Local Participants create Their own networks and Develop Their programs That Fit Their Local history and reality.


Guadalupe Urbina - Manager / Developer
Own Voice Foundation, Center for Art and Skill of Bra-Longo Mai, 
Contribution: Afro-mestizo culture from Northwest Investigation. Artistic Director-General, arrangements and repertoire. . Methodology and design Workshops
Luis Mora Porras -  Co Manager / Developer
. Jirondaï Project for research and promotion of the culture of the Indigenous Peoples of Costa Rica Contribution:   . Musician performer, arrangements and materials research in the Indigenous territories, repertoire, workshops design Alejandro Lopez - Co Manager / Developer Company Monte Birds (Birds of the forests Company)  Contribution: Build and play pre-Columbian instruments, 15 years of research in South / Central America Indigenous territories, repertoire, workshops design 

Members of the Orchestra of the Tropical Forests

Guadalupe Urbina

Ricardo Fonseca 

Gladys chiny

Isaac Morera

Luis Porras

Alexis "Unchi" Rodriguez

Luis Salazar

Mildred White

Alejandro López

Sandra Martinez

Paloma Coronado


Initial phase will be a pilot in six communities:

1st. Project Development: 

Assemble the orchestra, select repertoire and arrangements. 

Make recordings in the forest  to experiment with them. 

Design strategy for working with six artists from six Communities. 

Designing the program and training materials. 

2nd. Start training the orchestra

3rd.   Trainers Train Project - who art the Artist from each community.

• One-week training workshop in Longo Mai. 

Project Trainers will conduct a pilot workshop in the community of Longo Mai and will feature advice and project managers in each of the six pilots - To identify identity in practice the Strengths or Weaknesses of the workshops, and to improve increase them. 

4th. Run training programs and concerts

• Production of a series of concerts and workshops With the orchestra, in the Communities of our ProjectTrainers (who are the guests artists) 

5th.   Retreat with Project Directors and Project Trainers to assess it, and analyze the work done.

• Involving Retirement directors, orchestra musicians and community artists to evaluate-the results of the tour. 

• Develop Phase II of the Project as extension to other areas of the country and to seek national and international exchange of Orchestra of the Tropical Forests.


PHASE TWO                 Phase Two Project In Trainers from first project will visit and assist With the "field" work.

6th. Recruit new Project Communities and Trainers from 12 Communities

7 º : Second training at Longo Mai. This training will be run by Project Directors and Project Both Trainers.