“We decided to bring together our two worlds (Music and Architecture), and to create a family of sculptural musical instruments using materials we collected in and around our home town of Vancouver.”
GREGORY KOZAK composes music, creates innovative instruments and choreographs movement. He is both an ensemble musician and a concert soloist. He is Artistic Director of Scrap Arts Music, a creation and performance-based company he co–founded with Justine Murdy in 1998. His world-class five-member touring ensemble, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC, exclusively plays his 145+ invented instruments and his original repertoire at leading international festivals and theatres around the world.
A musician schooled in jazz and world music who draws inspiration from the avant-garde composers of the 20th century, Kozak learned the art of welding in order to create instruments that could give voice to his unique musical vision.
JUSTINE MURDY, as co-artistic director, is involved in project conceptualization, instrument design, and all facets of art direction (costumes, lighting, stage craft). Justine is also involved in stage direction, music critique and future developments.
Justine has always had a love for the natural environment. At university and during work placements, a passion for Environmentally Sensitive Design and Material Culture Studies developed. She became fascinated with vernacular architecture — buildings and environments built by people lacking “formal” training, yet brilliantly employing materials and traditional processes of local know-how, culture and environment.