PHONK (aka SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC)
Touring through 2017
Take some old bike parts, shiny construction salvage, PVC pipes, and other recycled odds and ends. Add five hyperactive hipsters and a set of drumsticks, and the result is a dizzying shower of beats.
Scrap Arts Music bounces around on stage with a combination of gymnastic agility and percussive drive. They alternate between hitting, moving and bowing their instruments, and the choreography is intricate and eye-catching. Warning: your family members may want to take up drums!
Created by percussion virtuoso Gregory Kozak and designer muse Justine Murdy, and joined by exception percussion talents Spencer Cole, Jill Cooper, Greg Samek and Malcolm Shoolbraid, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC excites the senses with intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and the most beautifully inventive instruments on stage today.
Transcending language, culture and age, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining pop percussion experience. From ‘discovery’ while busking in Vancouver, through invitation to perform at an NBA (basketball) half-time show, it was just a matter of months before SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC was a featured performer and nominee for “Best Live Performance” at the West Coast Music Awards. In 2010 an unbelievable dream came true when Gregory Kozak and SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC were invited to perform in both the Victory and the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver!
Touring world stages since 2001 with mobile “invented” instruments and signature “power-percussion” choreography, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC combines the intensity of urban construction with the natural energy of the Canadian Rockies, delivering a high-voltage performance that will blow you away!
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC evolved quickly from an outsider art project into a full-on theatrical music experience. Although group founder + leader Gregory Kozak has created bizarro instruments since he was a tyke, his current repertoire and unique choreography (aka “power-percussion”) was developed with his ensemble while in residency for 3 months at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Canadian Rockies.
Rooted in street performance, jazz + world music traditions, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC has travelled the world since 2001, delivering trade-mark high-energy performances across the USA, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan and Guatemala.
Athleticism, invention, and mind-blowing sound come together in a live show experience that leaves everyone breathless! SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC… Inventive. Skilled. Mesmerizing. Powerful. Hyper-kinetic. HIGH-VOLTAGE!!
CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS
Debuts in 2018
A musician’s curious quest changes the fate of the world…
The future of humankind depends on making the most from the least. Children of Metropolis is the greatly anticipated new production by the creative team of Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy. This all new production chronicles one musician’s whimsical quest for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world that’s been forever changed. Featuring all new invented instruments, original melodic music, and the same outstanding athletic multi-instrumentalists for which Scrap Arts Music has rightly gained world-wide acclaim, since 2001.
ALUMINETIC: Scrap Arts Music & Orchestra
“Gregory Kozak’s ‘Concerto for Chariot of Choir and Strings’ provided the magic for the night.”
– WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (Holly Harris)
On the heels of the overwhelming success of the World Premiere of Kozak’s Concerto for Chariot of Choir and Strings at the 2009 WSO New Music Festival, and the 2003 World Premiere of his Composition for Sighchordions and Strings by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy of Scrap Arts Music have developed a new full-length concert, envisioned for performances by symphony and chamber orchestras around the world.
Classics from the SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC production, including Ribs, Conundrum and Whorlies; the remounting of Concerto for Chariot of Choir and Strings (commissioned by the CBC for the WSO) featuring the exotic and futuristic 22-stringed, 28 foot long Chariot of Choir long string instrument; and entirely new compositions by Gregory Kozak are presented.
ALUMINETIC features the invented instruments of Scrap Arts Music and the traditional Western instruments of symphony orchestras. The Scrap Arts Music quintet joins the orchestra in delivering a programme appealing to audiences fascinated by the prospects of melding invented instruments, choreographed movement and traditional instrumentation to the symphony, and those who enjoy beautiful music.
This presentation may include pre- and post-show discussions, as well as masterclasses and Found Sound workshops.
Concurrent with Scrap Arts Music performances around the world, Gregory Kozak also leads masterclasses in “Found Sound”, “Rhythm& Movement”,“Instrument Design” and “Teacher Workshops” which vary in length from one hour to two weeks in duration.
Whether at the prestigious Festival Melbourne – International Youth Masterclass in Percussion (Australia), Tromp International Music Competition & Festival (Netherlands), Percussive Arts Society (USA), University of Arizona–Tucson’s Music department, or hundreds of community activities for school students, children at risk, university music majors, community drum groups, etc., Scrap Arts Music has outreach options for every level, age and interest.
For more information on these workshops,
RE-INVENTIONS: Educational Show for School Matinees
Re-Inventions is a production developed for school matinees presented in theatres, and is frequently an add-on to the presentation of the 90-minute wordless SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC show.
Re-inventions is a 55-minute educational show by Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, the artistic directors of Scrap Arts Music, Canada’s internationally-acclaimed invented instrument, power percussion company Scrap Arts Music.
By turning scrap into art, and arts into music, Re-Inventions is a show about transformation. It introduces students to the athleticism, humor and inventive musicality found in works by Scrap Arts Music, as well as green ingenuity, innovation and excellence. Expect a brief introduction to “scrap” instruments used in the presentation and insight into how the music is composed and the choreography is developed. Re-Inventions entertains with powerful percussion and suggests a new attitude toward tossed-away materials. Best of all, the high-voltage participation piece leaves students both energized and inspired.
Six high-energy compositions from the SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC show are presented as well as curriculum-based insights into the artistry of our work, audience participation and optional Q&A, Re-Inventions is suitable for all ages and grade levels. The discussion in between the compositions can be tailored more precisely to elementary, middle, or high school audiences, when audiences are so focused.
To help connect this production to your classroom curriculum, we have developed a Learning Guide for Teachers with related teaching activities for students.
SAM2 IN SCHOOLS, a show for gymnasiums
SAM2 in Schools is a low-tech, student-friendly invented instrument production developed exclusively for Western Canadian gymnasiums by Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy of Scrap Arts Music.
In selecting repertoire for SAM2 in Schools, composer and instrument designer Gregory Kozak developed works for three performers. SAM2 musicians are trained as multi-percussionists, and play a variety of idiophones, membranophones and aerophones that are hand-crafted from recycled and salvaged materials.
By turning scrap into art, and arts into music, SAM2 in School is an educational show about transformation. It suggests a new attitude toward tossed-away materials. Best of all, the student participation piece leaves students both energized and inspired.
Scrap Arts Music strives to open young minds to the art of the possible, encouraging creative thinking, and opportunities for discussion and enrichment. To help connect this production to your classroom curriculum, we have developed a Learning Guide with related teaching activities for students.
Instruments, Music and Choreography by Scrap Arts Music