This is a story about a young group of Bolivian Indian children, the Guarayo’s, whom have passionately taken up the art of classical and baroque music. In the context of a small peasant farming community lies the sleepy village of Urubicha (pop. 4500), south-eastern Bolivia, outer edges of the Amazon rain forest. Three young brothers, the Aguape’s under the auspices of both the Franciscan church and Ruben Dario, a young musician and conductor whom wished to recreate the musical legacy of the Chiquitano Indians in the days of the Jesuit missions has educated these young talents as well as a full classical orchestra in the art of music. The children range from the age of about 6 to early twenties and play Baroque music ranging from Bach to Mozart, Telermann to Haydn amongts others. They have toured around Latin America and Europe.
Urubicha was until 1979 linked to the outside world by a narrow dirt track, fit only for bicycles, horses and mules. Today the dusty earth road Is only marginally better. Two buses per day now service the village. It possesses one public telephone used by the whole community, one car, the 4x4 pick-up truck of Father Walter, the Franciscan priest and a "video" cinema in someone's back yard. Within the confines of the church grounds lies the music school from where the young children are taught to play and in some cases build their own instruments. European and American orchestras donate those that are too hard to make. What is so remarkable and astonishing about this story is the achievement that Ruben Dario together with the Franciscan church have achieved in harnessing the power and magic of classical music with a group of young children born from illiterate peasant farmers in quite remarkable circumstances. This project was commissioned by GEO magazine.