ABOUT SCRAP ARTS MUSIC
🔥 High-octane family entertainment that excites everyone!
We start with some SCRAP then 'transform' it through the ARTS of sculpture, choreography and film, to create an unforgettable live MUSIC experience.
Five athletic musicians perform with 145 mobile invented instruments -- all hand-made by co-founder and composer Gregory Kozak.
The result? Unexpectedly beautiful Experimental Pop Percussion that is intricate, playful and powerful, and that delights the ears, eyes and heart.
Scrap Arts Music is a unique Canadian project honoured to receive invitations to perform across North America and around the world, for diverse audiences from all walks of life.
Scrap Arts Music
1. An internationally renowned, athletic next-generation percussion ensemble.
2. An earth-friendly, Vancouver Island-based company that creates unforgettable performances using mobile instruments artfully crafted from industrial scraps.
3. Five extraordinary, virtuosic and innovative drummers.
4. The group that transforms “scrap” into “art,” and “arts” into “music”.
About "Children of Metropolis"
Children of Metropolis is the latest production by Scrap Arts Music. A multi-year creation supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, it features over 145 sculptural instruments, eleven new music compositions, Scrap Arts Music’s signature action-choreography and now a full-screen movie of our own making that shows while the musicians perform.
With a retro-futuristic, sci-fi vibe that takes visual inspiration from German films of the 1920s, Scrap Arts Music’s Children of Metropolis is a fast-paced, all-acoustic percussive bonanza with five musicians bringing an original score to heart-pounding life.
“★★★★★. High kicking, virtuosic and adrenaline-packed. Kozak just may have single-handedly performed a million acts of green. Who knew that scrap yards and dumps were treasure troves for the makings of new and marvellous musical instruments?”
“Energy in spades!”
“Humour, wit and genuine subtlety. The result? Pure Magic… An accomplished and hugely engaging company.”
“This quintet have the total package. Even for the percussively jaded, this group is a knock-out.”
“Kozak’s sense of unfolding form is flawless and his ear for the imaginative layering of propulsive rhythms is impeccable.”
“Fantastic visual and aural display of percussive precision full of energetic gymnastics and vibrant vitality. Original music expertly played and choreographed into a remarkable show.”
“Scrap Arts Music mesmerizes! A rhythmic circus.”
“Emotionally stirring music. Recycling can pay rich musical dividends!”
“This group is perhaps closer to the American maverick avant-gardist Harry Partch than anything in American popular culture.”
"It was very surreal!”
Founder + Creator
Gregory composes music for quintet & orchestra, creates innovative instruments, and choreographs movement.
He is both an ensemble musician and a concert soloist. He directs a world-class five-member touring ensemble, Scrap Arts Music, that 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, Gregory learned the art of metal fabrication in order to create instruments that could give voice to his unique musical vision.
When not performing, Gregory is exploring compositional ideas on piano and drums, following world events, running around Mt. Tolmie, taking Arrow on walks, and helping Justine in the garden.
Founder + Creator
As co-artistic director, Justine 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.
Justine is an avid organic gardener, tending habitats for the creatures she shares her perch with on Mt Tolmie.