The Kennedy Center

H20 Ensemble


In 2012, Sonidos de la Tierra launched an innovative thematic orchestra that combines the pleasure of making music with an environmental awareness campaign. H2O—an orchestra featuring instruments made out of recycled materials related to water, such as bottles, hoses, pipes, faucets, and funnels—was created to promote water conservation in Latin America. The members of the group are professional musicians who build their own instruments.

H2O debuted in September 2012 with Latin Grammy nominees Berta Rojas and Paquito D’Rivera. Its second performance took place during the red carpet pre-show of the American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, California. This was the first time Paraguayan artists participated in an awards show of its kind. In May 2013, H2O launched its first album titled The Album That Runs Out, which was recorded alongside 11 prestigious national rock bands. The album contains “aquatic” versions of the bands’ most famous songs and/or new songs on the topics of water and water conservation. This awareness campaign was the starting point of a nationwide environmental project that launched in 2014.

In December 2013, H2O played at the Copa Libertadores raffle and in March of the following year, the group was selected to perform with singer/songwriter and environmentalist Jack Johnson during his concert in Asunción, Paraguay.

Watch Past Performances

Video 5/1/2015: H2O in Concert

The Paraguayan ensemble performs with instruments made from recycled materials related to water—such as bottles, hoses, pipes, faucets, and funnels—in this unique show promoting environmental awareness.