Jaír F. Coll (1997) is a colombian visual journalist whose work focuses on culture as a factor of social transformation. His photography, both intimate and colorful, has been exhibited at the Photo Vogue Festival 2021 and was selected in...
David Steven Martínez has been playing the viola in the Siloé Philharmonic Orchestra since he joined the group more than twelve years ago. "The best experience has been that the group has been an impulse to reach other spaces, not only in Cali, but also in France, Italy and Spain," says Martinez, who is also a teacher.
Laura Sofía Castro poses with her cello at the Siloé lookout point. "At the beginning, when I was a child, I saw music as a game, but now as a teenager it's something I consider as my own and personal," says Castro, 16.
David Hernández poses with his violin in the vicinity of La Tertulia Museum in western Cali. "The Symphony is a project that gives us all a chance to get involved with an art form and takes us away from other things that happen in Comuna 20, such as violence," says Hernandez, 17.
Leo Calderón is a violinist in the Siloé Symphony Orchestra, with which he has been linked for six years as a teacher. "Working here I always saw it as a goal in life, because I connected through the interest they have in giving a social and musical contribution. What is most important is a companionship, like offering a friendship and maybe also a family," Calderón says.
Leslie Yulieth Ortiz, director of the Siloé Symphony Orchestra, gives instructions to the band's musicians minutes before their Christmas performance at La Tertulia Museum in western Cali on December 11, 2022.
Jean Paul Corro poses with his viola in the vicinity of the Mirador de Siloé, in western Cali. "This is a wonderful instrument, she is very centered, neither high nor low. She allows me to transmit peace and tranquility, but also of power," says Corro, 16.
Sara Solarte poses with her violin in the vicinity of the Mirador de Siloé. "The Symphony represents a lot of effort, even though I joined less than a year ago. The band means passion for making music. We want to tell Santiago de Cali that there is talent and that young people can get ahead through art," says Solarte, 16.
Andrés Felipe Ortiz poses with his cello near the Museo La Tertulia in western Cali. "I see music as a life project. Together with my companions, it isolates us from other thoughts that may be unnecessary. Through my music, I want to express joy," says Ortiz, 19.
Leslie Yulieth Ortiz conducts a concert of the Siloé Symphony Orchestra at the Teatro al Aire Libre Los Cristales, in western Cali, on December 3, 2022. "Each of them plays a string instrument. In my case, my instruments are all of them, so through what they can interpret and what I can mold, is what we want to express to the public: whether it is joy, melancholy or anger," says Ortiz.
The Siloé Symphony Orchestra emerged in 2008 as an educational alternative for children and young people from the neighborhood, one of the most vulnerable in Cali, Valle del Cauca, through music. The idea: to cultivate values such as creativity and discipline to motivate them to create life projects away from the context of violence in the territory...