What makes SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC different from other percussion-based shows?
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC is a Vancouver-based project that channels both the Intensity of Urban Living and the Natural Energy of the Rocky Mountains.
Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, the artistic directors of SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC, invented and created all the musical instruments used in the show! These are not found objects “played” like instruments, but completely new tune-able inventions made from a variety of “scraps” welded, bent, and transformed into entirely new sculptures. Gregory wrote and choreographed the original music and performs alongside the other world-class musicians!
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC is rooted in a GREEN eco-message:
Before you throw away something — whether an idea, a relationship or an object — think about its usefulness from a bunch of different angles… you will likely discover a whole new world of possibilities…
With SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC, “Music meets Athleticism“. All of the highly trained, university educated professional musicians have strong athletic histories as well. That excellence and physicality is put to use in performance. Percussion is the most physical of all the instrument families, after all.
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC is CREATIVE: not only do they COMPOSE original music for over 145 unique instruments, they actually INVENT tune-able, beautiful sounding and looking instruments – that are sculptural and MOBILE; then they CHOREOGRAPH the performance to incorporate high-energy movement that expresses the POWER of music; they PERFORM this music with five of Canada’s most impressive musical talents (really!), and hit the stage with costumes and original lighting that maximizes the unique qualities of their project.
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC is FAMILY-FRIENDLY! Whether you are 6 years old or 86 you will enjoy what our performances have to offer!
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC ‘look’ is more “Flash Gordon meets Dr. Seuss,” than “Mad Max.” If you want a positive, adrenaline-laced musical experience – we have your ticket!
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC includes humorous moments within its nuanced and sophisticated percussion ensemble music. Don’t forget to check out their sometimes humorous instrument sounds, instrument names, and composition titles.
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC has performed in over 14 different countries around the world , for audiences of all ages, languages and backgrounds. Yes, they have wide-ranging appeal!
All SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC instrument designs are based in a knowledge of the physics of sound and leader Gregory Kozak’s compositional style draws upon world music traditions.
Scrap Arts Music loves that they can be both SCULPTURAL, ARTISTIC and ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE within the discipline of MUSIC.
SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC has “turbo-charged” corporate events organized for Volkswagen, Electronic Arts, Oracle Technologies, David Suzuki Foundation, the Electrical Workers of America, and CibaVision, among others!
When featured as part of an evening of percussion, SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC definitely stands out as a UNIQUE project in the genre.
When you think of SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC, think SPECTACULAR… programmers from around the world do! Scrap Arts Music has perform at global special events including the 2010 Winter Olympics, half-time events at NBA Basketball Games, intermission performances at center ice for NHL Hockey Games, and at the ‘World Percussion Spectacular’ at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, to name just a few!
Please take a leisurely tour through our photos, videos, press clips, and ever-increasing blog, to immerse yourself in our world. We sincerely hope we can perform for YOU in the very near future.
How do you transport your instruments?
We designed the instruments so that they could be disassembled and packed very tightly into just 10 cases. The rebuild of the instruments in the theatre takes between 2 and 3 hours! Same with the disassembly and repack…
We only pack the cases when the instruments are shipped by professional movers overseas or very long distances. When we are on tour and driving from city to city, we rent a moving van (like a Penske or Ryder cube van) and drive it ourselves, which means we don’t need to repack the cases completely. That is a lot quicker!
Here are a couple of images from our NJPAC load-in that show the instruments in parts, and one of our cases…
Are your costumes made of scrap?
The quick answer is that we make the solid black parts from new material that are 100% natural. Since we do so many shows and the costumes need to be easy to wash, breathable and quick drying — plus be of a material that allows all our action-choreography etc. — we need pretty specialized materials that are difficult to track down in any large quantity. The colour bits though are from off-cuts at material stores — a kind of scrap!During our mainstage, the performers first arrive on stage in solid back. Even Christa’s red skirt is nowhere to be seen. It’s just black material and big silver zippers… kind of tough looking. But as the show unfolds and the performers become more comfortable with the audience, as they start to ‘come out of their shells’ and start to strut their talents, they discretely unzip different parts of their costumes to reveal their hidden colours — sort of a metaphor for “as you get to know us you see us as the unique people we really are”. Like our instruments, the costumes transform over the course of the show: what you see at the start isn’t necessarily the same as what you see at the end. The costume concept and designs are by Justine Murdy, the co-artistic director of Scrap Arts Music.
The concept behind our costumes might not come across as clearly in our educational matinee as it does in the full-length, main stage show. In the educational show we tend to come out with our colours showing already, because our time together is much more brief.
Hope this helps to introduce you to the costumes worn by the musicians in SCRAP•ARTS•MUSIC!
Can you send me your up-to-date tech specs?
You can view them here or use the CONTACT tab above to request the most up to date version.