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
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.

Coffee capsule – chimes

Feeling a little bit sleepy?
Need a break?

Just take your old coffee capsules, clean them and thread them together on a grid – here we took the cover of and old tumble dryer.

Just touch them and you will get a refreshing whisper of a decoffeinated rustling sound…

As George Clooney would say:
“Coffee capsule chimes.
… what else?”



Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen


Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Alexander Liebreich


Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Alexander Liebreich


Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Alexander Liebreich

Lahr / Schwarzwald

Württembergische Philharmonie Reutlingen

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Alexander Liebreich

Lahti – Finnland

Sinfonia Lahti

Finnish premiere

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Jutta Seppinen

Schwaz – Austria

Klangspuren Schwaz

Austrian premiere

Percussion: Vivi Vassileva
Direction: Gregor A. Mayrhofer