Tropical Forest Project: Ecuador

We love forests. You love forests. We love music. You love music. So we thought it be great if we could connect the two, record some stellar artists, then release an album to raise money to help protect and restore tropical forests and their ecosystems. Say hello to Ginkgo Music’s first album: Tropical Forest Project: Ecuador.

ARTISTS PROTECTING FORESTS

Mastered at Abbey Road Studios, the album features forest soundscapes recorded in Ecuador, and exclusive new acoustic versions of songs, some written specifically for this project.

A UNIQUE AND BEAUTIFUL ITEM

Accompanying the album is a lavishly illustrated book in English and Spanish, featuring wildlife photography, song lyrics, poems by Homero Aridjis and Rebecca Elson, and articles by biologists working on the forest frontline in Ecuador.

We’ve been blessed to work with 16 internationally renowned artists from around the world, including Margarita Laso, Vânia Bastos, Kate Walsh, David McAlmont, Dobet Gnahoré, Devon Sproule and Jorge Drexler, who have donated their time and their art to the project.

And if you move fast enough, you could get one of the few copies available that has been signed by David Attenborough.

Every pledge will help

We want these songs and soundscapes to raise awareness of the biological importance and uniqueness of Ecuador’s forests. Your pledge will support World Land Trust, our partner charity, and its work – every album and book sold will protect 4 square metres of forest and its unique cloud forests forever.

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THE PROJECT

These songs and soundscapes were recorded to raise awareness of the biological importance and unique nature of Ecuador’s forests. Your pledge will support World Land Trust’s work in Ecuador – every album and book sold will protect, forever, four square metres of ‘cloud’ forest.

ECUADOR: AN ARK ON LAND

Straddling both the Andes and the Equator, Ecuador is place of unparalleled biological diversity. 4,000 of the world’s 20,000 species of butterfly live in the country. Many live nowhere else.

But this biological richness is under intense pressure. The Upper Amazon is now being opened up for oil exploration with potentially dire environmental consequences. And on the Pacific slopes and mountains, deforestation rates are high and habitat has been reduced by 90%.

So what remains is a vital ark – for the future of thousands of animal and plant species.

EXPERIENCE THE SONGS AND SOUNDSCAPES

We've put together a sampler compilation of the music and forest sounds that make up Tropical Forest Project: Ecuador.

LISTEN TO TRACKS

INTRODUCING THE ARTISTS

None of this would be possible without the time, talent and generosity of our brilliant artists. Some you might have heard of, others we’re delighted to introduce to you.

INTRODUCING GINKGO MUSIC

Ginkgo Music is a charity set up by a group of people from various backgrounds, including biology, music, art and design, sport, charity and business. We’ve come together because of our passion for the extraordinary and colourful range of life inhabiting this planet, and our desire to protect it.

OUR MISSION

Ginkgo Music was founded to protect and restore forest ecosystems worldwide.

Uniquely, we do this through projects linking music and ecology.

We work in partnership with existing and local NGOs on the ground, supporting their work by raising awareness and money through sales of albums of our music projects.

OUR PEOPLE

Say hello to the Ginkgo Music team of trustees.

Suzanne Pool

Formerly a lawyer for the world’s largest independent music group, Suzanne now works as a business consultant and coach, supporting businesses in protecting their intellectual

Suzanne Pool
Shameek Upadhya

Shameek is an entrepreneur and investor with experience in planning, branding and commercial activities. He loves project management applications, sailing, traveling and working on projects

Shameek Upadhya
Elton Uliana

Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Elton works in marketing translation (EN-PT) and recently gained a BA in English Literature. He is currently working towards an

Elton Uliana
Mthoko Madonda

A social entrepreneur and international consultant with 17 years experience, Mthoko has worked across the world helping organisations use sport as a tool for development

Mthoko Madonda
Renee Edwards

Renee is a film producer, director and editor with 15 years experience as editor for the BBC and Channel 4 on current affairs series such

Renee Edwards
Rishi Dastidar

Rishi is a copywriter, brand strategist and poet. A fellow of The Complete Works programme for BAME poets in the UK, his debut collection Ticker-tape

Rishi Dastidar
DAVID CAMPBELL

David is a volunteer engineer for Resonance 104.4 FM radio station, a longstanding member of the Lucky Cloud Sound System loft party team, and has

DAVID CAMPBELL
DOMINIC SEDGWICK

Singer-songwriter and science teacher Dominic studied biochemistry at Imperial College, 3D-design at the Royal College of Art, and has an inordinate fondness for the music

DOMINIC SEDGWICK

Remember, every pledge helps.

We won’t be able to protect any forest—or any species—in Ecuador without you. So please do pledge to download or buy a copy of the CD and book. You can do that over at Pledge Music, where you can also see some of the other rewards available for your kind and generous help.

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GET IN TOUCH

You can email us about anything. And if you want to hear more about the project as it develops, keep the newsletter sign-up box checked at the bottom of the contact form. We won’t share your address with anyone else.

AND LET’S BE FRIENDS

Follow us to see some of the forest and the species you’ll be helping to protect.

It would be nice to have some more text here about what people can expect from your social media channels – updates from ecologists; good news from around the world on other environmental projects; gorgeous pictures of the natural world.

Something enticing, inviting and clear.