Designation ceremony of the Paraguayan Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth as a UNESCO Artist for Peace
The Director-General of UNESCO will designate the Paraguayan Orchestra H2O Sounds of Earth as a UNESCO Artist for Peace in recognition of its support to the water related projects as well as its commitment to the ideals and aims of the Organization.
The Paraguayan H2O Orchestra, which, through its original and innovative musical offerings, raises awareness about water conservation and responsible use of recyclable materials such as pipes, water containers, hoses, and vessels.
The origins of the H2O Orchestra lie in the Sounds of Earth initiative, a social program founded in 2002 by Luis Szarán, who has used music to transform 200 rural communities in Paraguay, working with dozens of professional musicians to build their own instruments.
In 2012, the H2O Orchestra shared the stage with Latin Grammy nominees Berta Rojas and Paquito D'Rivera. The same year it appeared the American Music Awards at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles as part of the EKOCYCLE movement. In 2014, it performed with singer-songwriter Jack Johnson, winner of the Grammy and Billboard awards.