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Recycled Sounds

This performance and workshop program, by renowned percussionist Dendê Macêdo, uses instruments he made from found materials to deliver a message about protecting our environment through reuse and recycling.

Pennsylvania Curriculum Standards

(A=Assembly; W=Workshop; R=Residency)

3.4.B. Technology and Engineering: Technology and Society A, W, R

4.5 Humans and the Environment A, W, R

9.1 Production, Performance and Exhibition of Dance, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts A, W, R

15.4 Learning Through Experience A, W, R

25.3 Pro-Social Relationships with Adults W, R

25.4 Pro-Social Relationships with Peers W, R

Art Form(s): Music

Genre: Latin/Brazilian, Multicultural

Instrument(s): Percussion

Assembly, Workshop, and Residency Offerings
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Recycled Sounds Assembly

This interactive performance program, by renowned percussionist Dendê Macêdo, demonstrates instruments he made from found materials to deliver a message about protecting our environment through reuse and recycling. Using a loop pedal, Dendê presents each of the instruments by layering a brief recording of each. The end result is a vibrant percussive piece that inspires student to look differently at what they would normally throw away.

Best for: PreK-12  •  Students with Disabilities  •  After-School/Community


Also available as a Workshop or Residency! (Residency can be in-person or offered via video.)

Featuring: Dendê Macêdo

Dendê Macêdo is a percussionist, singer, composer, bandleader, teacher, and multi instrumentalist. He’s been a professional musician since the age of 14, when he appeared in the frontline of Timbalada, Carlinhos Brown’s superstar percussion ensemble. Since 2001, he’s been developing his solo career, splitting his time between the US and Bahia and working with his folkloric group Ologundê and his flagship band Dendê & Band.


Dendê & Band have recently performed at venues such as the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles; the KW Latinfest in Ontario, Canada; the Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia; Summerdance in Chicago and the Chile Pepper Fiesta at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.


His folkloric group Ologundê has performed at major performing arts centers and festivals throughout the US and toured Greece as part of the Cultural Olympiad, appearing at the Kalamata Dance Festival and at the Athens Festival at the Acropolis.


He has provided workshops, clinics and residency programs throughout the US and Brazil at such esteemed institutions as Lincoln Center, the Juilliard School, the Eastman School of Music and the Peabody Conservatory among many others. Dendê currently teaches regularly in the Philadelphia area.

Joined Musicopia: 2016

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