For 25 years Bash the Trash has been offering science-based environmental performances and events that entertain, educate and inspire! Using the science of sound, we transform trash into amazing instruments. From an intimate solo show up to a festival-sized extravaganza, Bash the Trash has the performers, resources and experience to cover it all. We specialize in hands-on audience-immersive building workshops, parades, and participatory performances… Contact us to discuss our programs, or dream up a unique new event!
Bash the Trash was founded in 1988 by the husband-and-wife creative team of John Bertles and Carina Piaggio. Not just a percussion group that plays on odd things, Bash the Trash's scientist/musicians have invented and compose for an entire orchestra of strange-looking but great-sounding musical instruments, including brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion.
Bash the Trash brings a variety of programs to festivals, concert halls, performing arts centers and other venues around the United States and the world. Their core group of around fifteen musicians have skills that extend from rock to jazz to classical, and from dj'ing and spinning to storytelling. Bash the Trash in addition writes and produces a series of concerts featuring "real" instruments, drawing on many years of collaborations with musical groups and incredible performers from Asia, North America, Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
Bash the Trash also reaches out to students, families and educators throughout the world to bring their message of science-based environmental arts education, seeing over 50,000 students a year in live performances and residencies and more through web-based instruction and interaction. Bash the Trash's co-director John Bertles provides professional development for educators in arts integration and environmental issues through the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Bash the Trash also provides master classes for graduate students in education, as well as internships, apprenticeships and training programs for new teaching artists.
Over the years Bash the Trash has done some unique stuff. They've jammed with Yo-Yo Ma, Max Roach, and Mister Rogers; performed on straw oboes at Carnegie Hall; led environmental parades through Washington DC; and created instrument designs for bored Australian elephants, among many other things.