“Scrap Arts Music has energy in spades and passes it on. They play with an immediacy, athleticism and delicacy that move through the bones before getting to the brain. Explosive!”
— Dawnell Smith, ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS
Scrap Arts Music...
BRINGING People INTO a MUSICAL WORLD OF Whimsy, INVENTION & DELIGHT. TOURING SINCE 2001.
Take some SCRAP, transform it through the ARTS of welding, sculpture, and choreography, and then – with five extraordinary and athletic percussionists – create beautiful MUSIC.
Five musicians perform with gymnastic agility and percussive drive, demonstrating mesmerizing performance skills while making beautiful music -- striking, moving and bowing hand-made, mobile sculptural instruments.
The result? Musical works that are intricate, playful and powerful, and that delight the eyes, ears and heart.
“Even for the percussively jaded, this group is a knock-out. ”
— Clive O’Connell, THE AGE (Australia)
“ Gregory Kozak has gone further than most in uncovering an original North American voice of rhythmic pops, thumps, rattles and crashes.”
— Rupert Bottenberg, MIRROR (Montreal Canada)
“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 marvelous musical instruments?”
— Gwenda Nemerofsky, WINNIPEG FREE PRESS (Canada)
ABOUT "CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS"
All-New Production launched!
Children of Metropolis is an inventive, fast-paced percussion show suitable for all ages, debuted in 2018.
It features Scrap Arts Music’s signature sculptural instruments, original compositions, and action-choreography — and now, video projection.
Children of Metropolis takes its inspiration from Fritz Lang's iconic, sci-fi cult classic film, Metropolis (1927).
Using the same old-school camera, and a retro-futuristic style, an opening film introduces “Grigor", one of the quirky survivors of the collapsed city of Metropolis. Grigor was a baby when the streets flooded, and was washed up onto a step in a floating basket... but seemingly he was protected his whole life by mysterious “Strange Others”!?
A photo album shows Grigor at key moments in his life. Like a mad scientist, he’s always been driven to make whimsical creations from urban scrap, but it’s an encounter with these playful Strange Others that causes his silent sculptures to be transformed into conduits of beautiful intricate music...
Fun-factoid: We worked with Canadian filmmaker Andrew Struthers to create our own version of the city of Metropolis, constructing a landscape of retro-futuristic skyscrapers using... Scrap Arts Music instruments! (The ironic twist is that our scrap comes from contemporary condo towers construction salvage.)
Watch this 43s Teaser...
It all began in 1998...
Gregory Kozak + Justine Murdy
Founders + Creators of Scrap Arts Music
Canadian-born and globally bred, Scrap Arts Music has performed in sixteen countries over five continents for audiences of all backgrounds. We offer innovative percussion-based performances and diverse outreach activities with wide-ranging appeal.
Our humble beginnings date to 1998, when we were in Vancouver, short of cash but brimming with ideas.
In three short years, we managed to create over a hundred shiny, hand-built sculptural instruments from condo and harbour scrap (do we have stories!).
We also found talented, athletic multi-instrumentalists to work with; composed music for a 90-minute programme; headed to the Banff Centre for the Arts for an incredibly creative 3-month long residency in the Canadian Rockies... and in 2001, launched a deeply rewarding international career!
Nine years later we were performing in the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics, in front of 70,000 people live and beamed to millions around the world...
Gregory and Justine are thrilled to be now touring Children of Metropolis.