Saborrrrr! - Percussion In Latin America- A Musical/Cultural Exchange

by  Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

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The vast range of percussion instruments found throughout Latin America are rooted mainly in Indigenous (Native American), African and European cultures, and are a reflection of the encounters and interactions of these cultures. Join Bash the Trash veterans Hector Morales or Brian Adler to explore how these instruments came to be; the resources that make them; and the beautiful music they create. 

We will see how music can serve as a bridge to build respect and understanding between cultures. We’ll get a sense of the roles these instruments play in society, and how the materials that they are built from reflect the resources offered by the environment around them. 

The session will start with a mini-performance, followed by a look at some of the history, geography, construction and playing styles of the instruments. Students can build their own simple percussion instruments in an optional building segment. We’ll always relate these musical instruments that the students may be familiar with, and encourage a cross-cultural musical exchange. Finally we’ll perform a simple piece of music together, and end with Q&A. 

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About This Program


Multipoint: $220.00
View Only: 220.00
Point to Point: $220.00
By Request: $220.00

This workshop is intended for a single classroom, but up to 4 additional classrooms may sign in.
First classroom: $220
Up to four additional classrooms @$55 each



Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Teacher(s)/Educator(s), Parent, Homeschool/Family , Learning PodPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Culture, Foreign/World Languages, International, Performing Arts, Sciences, Social and Emotional Learning( SEL), Social Studies/History, Music

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

If for any reason the recipient wishes to reschedule up to 24 hours before the program, Bash the Trash will make every effort to accommodate the rescheduling.

If for any reason the recipient wishes to cancel a program, there is no fee up to 24 hours before the program. Cancellation within 24 hours of program, with no rescheduling possible, entails payment of the full fee.

However, in the case of a weather or pandemic-related cancellation within 24 hours of program, please contact us and we'll work it out.

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Bash the Trash Environmental Arts

United States

Bash the Trash programs are about music, science, culture, arts and the environment! Centered around the concept of sustainability, we’ve been building and performing with found-object instruments for over 30 years, making connections to plastic pollution and climate change. 

Over time our programs have evolved into a wide range of musical and cultural experiences that go beyond homemade instruments. Our diverse crew of presenters offer a series of programs based on their individual artistic skills and cultural backgrounds, making connections with students through their amazing experiences. We’re eager to interact with audiences through the arts, Q&A and conversation to create true cultural and artistic exchanges. 

Hands-on instrument-building or art-making is possible in most programs using simple reused/repurposed materials. Bash the Trash offers workshop/performances and multiple-session residencies as well as fun and useful professional development for educators, all closely aligned to national and local standards. Plus Bash the Trash programs are great for special days like Earth Day, National Recycling Day and World Water Day! 

Ian Bertles

Program Details


Each program will be different depending on the artist and the needs of the class and teacher, but in general each show will look like this:
1. Initial mini-performance
2. Introductions
3. Focus on the instrument, history, construction, what it does
4. Participate in a mini-performance with that instrument
5. Explore how to build a simple homemade version of that instrument
6. Q&A
7. Final performance


In this program students will:
- Discover the rich variety of music and cultures in Latin America, not only from country to country, but even within each country
- Explore how history has shaped the music and musical instruments of Latin America, including the effects of slavery and colonization
- Look carefully at how resource availability has shaped, changed and dictated how musical instruments are built in different countries and different geographical regions
- Get to know some new music from a place that you may not know
- Consider how music is a universal language that can help bring about a better understanding between cultures, and create amazing new forms of music and art

Standards Alignment

National Standards

This show makes connections to
Science: Environment, Climate Change, Plastic Pollution
Music: Cultural music, instrument families, rhythm
Cultural Studies

State Standards

Available upon request