Make music, not trash!

All over the world humans leave their traces. Rubbish, litter and trash destroy the environment everywhere on the planet.

We want to make more than just watch.
We want to start to be creative and find new ideas how to re-use old material.

For this Gregor A. Mayrhofer created a concerto for
recycled percussion and symphonic orchestra 
dedicated to the young percussionist Vivi Vassileva

But its not only a concerto for big orchestras: Parts of the piece can be presented as solo pieces for example in schools or other education institutions. Like this we can start to inform our youngest about this urgent subject. We can show them how many solutions there are to re-use trash in a musical way and create our own recycling-orchestra …


Recycled Instruments

For this unusual composition we invented many new instruments out of
TRASH
All these percussion instruments where built of:

recycled MATERIALtrashplastic bottlesglass bottlesplastic foilscrown capscorksplastic capsmetal potsfrying panscoffee capsulesradiator grillstooth picssaw bladespaper clipstin canslamp shadesbicycle valvesflower potsdust pans

Our instruments:

Plastic bottle – Marimba

A complete marimba built of lemonade and water bottles?

Just put an old bicycle valve into the cap, fill them up with air. The air pressure lets you tune them to whatever pitch you want.

Our stand is built of wooden boards and drain pipes.

Click on the play button to see in the video, how we built it…

Glass bottle – vibraphone

For a brighter sparkling sound, have a few more sparkling drinks…! Fill the bottles with water to tune them and hang them up in a row.


See here our “glass bottlophone” made out of water bottles, beer bottles, wine bottles, liquer bottles and some old flower pots.

Marmelade glass- Shaker

You’d like to have a “sticky groove”?

Just fill glass of marmelade or pickles with crown caps, paper clips or rice.

Using different filling materials and different sizes of glasses or alternatively plastic bottles, you will get a huge variety of wonderful
jam-glass-caxixis and recycling-shakers.

Performances

19.06.2022
Aldeburgh Festival – England

Snape Maltings Concert Hall 
19:30 Uhr 

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Gregor A. Mayrhofer

22.09.2022
Schwaz – Austria

Haus der Musik 
20:00 Uhr 

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Gregor A. Mayrhofer

10.05.2023

Prinzregententheater 
20:00 Uhr 

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Gregor A. Mayrhofer

Past Performances

04.02.2022 world premiere in Weikersheim with Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen
More concerts in Reutlingen, Coesfeld and Lahr


Meet the artists

Gregor A. Mayrhofer

The composer, conductor and pianist
Gregor A. Mayrhofer was assistant conductor of Sir Simon Rattle and Kirill Petrenko at the
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

As a conductor and composer he worked with many internationally renowned ensembles such as SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart, Munich Chamber Orchestra, Bavarian State Opera, Ensemble Intercontemporain and soloists like Daniil Trifonov and Patricia Kopathinskaja.

Vivi Vassileva

The young bulgarian percussionist Vivi Vassileva is one of the upcoming stars among the percussion players.

She played as a soloist with many orchestras, such as Hofer Symphoniker, Symphonieorchester Wuppertal, Nürnberger Symphoniker and is performing in different smaller ensembles.

She had her debut in the Berlin Philharmony with her percussion quartett.