Two London orchestras, Indigenous Brazilian musicians and British actor Miriam Margolyes have come together, creating a new video that shines a light on the endangered Pernambuco trees.
Earlier in 2021, musician Alexandre Anselmo recorded Mestre Poa, the leader of the Noke Koi Indigenous nation, singing a traditional song with his wife Rosimeire. This was put together with an arrangement for strings by Misha Mullov-Abbado, performed by London Mozart Players and Orchestra for the Earth. The song tells the story of the rubber boom seen from the perspective of the Noke Koi tribe and speaks of the resilience of a culture living in harmony with the environment. The film illustrates the parallels between the rubber boom and recent Pernambuco deforestation events in the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, and the impact upon local residents.
Trees of Music is headed by bowmaker Marco Raposo and is supported by RAIN (Regenerative Agroforestry Impact Network), bringing together expertise that will help empower local farmers to replenish Pernambuco populations and ensure its survival for future generations
A crowdfunder has been set up to support Trees of Music in planting 50,000 Pernambuco trees and regenerating the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. Donations can be made here
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Trees of Music create musical campaign for Pernambuco wood with Indigenous orchestral collaboration