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“I play with little”: recycled instruments and much more

Miguel Ángel Luquez is at the forefront of this project to build musical instruments through recycled materials.
Stories of ordinary people
onstrucción de instrumentos musicales a través de materiales reciclados.
15 October, 2019

Today we are going to tell you the story of Miguel Ángel Luquez. This story shows how life can present us opportunities that we had not imagined, but that — if we know how to take advantage of them — allow us to find our true goal. What’s Miguel doing? Much with little: it manufactures recycled instruments and generates a social movement from that.

Miguel has been living in Unquillo (Córdoba) for 12 years. There he came from Resistencia (Chaco) to study philosophy at UNC. Then his path changed. He became a percussionist and lutier, and today he carries out Toco con poco, a musical project and construction of instruments through recycled materials.

It all started in 1998, when I worked at the Home of Father Lucchesein Villa Allende. There he began to manufacture drums using disused materials: paint cans, basin tarpaulins, X-rays, kid hides; all a bit. At the time, I did it because that was all the material I counted on. Over time, he added the sustainableidea which today also surrounds the project.

With the rubbish that would otherwise be discarded, he builds percussion instruments (such as cosophones, bandolines, drums, maraquitas) and accessories, such as maracas, among others.

For 21 years, Miguel worked in special schools, but felt the need to expand his work. For this reason, for five years he has been dedicated to “Toco con poco” independently. In this context, three years ago he took his experience to the Esperanza Complex in Córdoba, where minors in conflict with the law are housed.

Over the years the proposal was expanded and the workshops were also extended. Today he is part of a collective of musicians that works with the whole family. They teach to create melodies with instruments made by their own hands, at no cost and of good quality. That’s doing a lot with very little.

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