Boys and girls from Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote participate in the Orchestrated Neighborhoods project

Tones and Numbers aims to democratize culture in the peripheral neighborhoods of the archipelago. / C7

The proposal includes 11 music videos performed by students from different peripheral districts of the Canary Islands, filmed in iconic locations of the islands

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The social music project Barrios Orquestados presents in
Caja de Canarias Center for Cultural Initiatives (CICCA), the audiovisual work entitled
“Tones and Numbers” funded by Creative Europe. This is a series of music videos featuring the students of
Gran Canaria, Tenerife and Lanzarote as the protagonist, which show part of his original methodology aimed at democratizing culture in the peripheral neighborhoods of the archipelago.

Jose Brito, founder and director of
orchestrated neighborhoods, led the premiere together with music producer Roman Brito and audiovisual producer Daniel Mola, coordinators of this initiative, which was realized after three years of filming. “We saw that these songs from our repertoire deserve to be recorded,” according to José Brito, to highlight the students’ work and “to serve as a support for the students and teachers of the project now and in the future.”

As a result of the solidarity CD
From the Neighborhood to the Moon (2018), the professional team gave birth to the Tones and Numbers project because, in the words of producer Roman Brito, “we thought it was too beautiful to be left alone in the classroom.”

The idea arose in 2019 to highlight pedagogical techniques aimed at
rhythmic and psychomotor development, as well as the work aimed at the development of
vocal and listening skills to the students of Barrios Orquestados. The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed its development until now, which is presented on USB support with a violin-shaped cover using 3D printing technology.

Eleven music videos performed by students

Five of the 11 unpublished works were broadcast in the session; including “Foley” dedicated to
african rhythms, where the band of the Thioune brothers and their dance team collaborate.

“Cripthomos” was also premiered, a very emotional piece that justifies
the identity of people living on the streets, in the filming of which the Salvation Army participated. “In Nomine Sophia” was recorded at the Museo Canario in honor of figures from philosophy, and “Fantasia Guanche” took place at the Maipés Archaeological Park in Agaete.

The video of the song “Romance del Valbanera”, which tells about the famous one, caused a thunderous ovation
the sinking of the ocean liner Valbanera through a true love story. Juan, an emigrant from the Canary Islands in Cuba, was eagerly waiting for his wife, Rosa, a passenger on that ship, and who, fortunately, was saved from the terrible misfortune by getting off the ship before it reached Havana. This piece was recorded on La Laja beach with the choreography of the dancer and social worker of the project Tatiana Sosa, in the role of Rosa.

The acoustics of the CICCA Theater enhanced the debut with an intoxicating oriental play, The Song of the Traditional Chinese Prairie, performed by
on double bassist Adasath Santana, a former student of Barrios Orquestados in Hinamar and
onpianist Carlos Vega.

The Takeoff Group, composed of students from the project, accompanied the closing act of this act, aimed at sponsors, collaborators and families of the project, with “Waltz of the Masquerade Suite” by Aram Kachaturian.

Double bassist Adasat Santana and pianist Carlos Vega. /


To obtain the Tones and Numbers flash drive, interested parties can contact Barrios Orquestados through their
social media on Facebook and Instagram. This project turns a decade in 2022, it was conceived in 2011 by José Brito together with a team made up of his daughter Laura Brito.

It started in the neighborhood of Tamaracei in Gran Canaria to create an orchestra with girls and boys from
vulnerable neighborhoods on a socio-economic level and with difficult access to culture.

It has since spread to
fourteen districts on four islands – Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and Fuerteventura – and has crossed the Atlantic Ocean to
Chile and Honduras. Through the education centers, Barrios Orquestados offers free music lessons and lends the instrument to each student. In this way, music is a tool for inclusion and social development.

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