CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS
A high-energy percussion show not to be missed live!
Set in a retro-futuristic city, a loner DIY-er makes shiny sculptural instruments salvaged from urban debris. Joined by mysterious sprite-like beings, who have haunted him his whole life, he embarks upon a whimsical musical trek for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world forever changed…
CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS is a fast-paced, all-acoustic show that everyone can enjoy, with sci-fi-inspired film and video projections. The quintet — composed of three men and two women — performs with a combination of gymnastic agility and percussive drive, demonstrating incredible musical skill while striking, moving and bowing over a hundred different hand-made, mobile sculptural instruments made from recycled and salvaged materials.
Warning: Concert attendees may be inspired to take up drumming and/or welding!
CHILDREN OF METROPOLIS is the latest production by Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, the co-founders, artistic directors and designers of Scrap Arts Music.
Scrap Arts Music is an experimental music company with universal appeal that excites the senses with intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography, and the most beautifully inventive instruments on stage today… 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 repertoire (Gregory Kozak, SOCAN), 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.
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RE-INVENTIONS: Educational Show for School Matinees
Re-Inventions is a highly-interactive educational production that ties into the STE(A)M curriculum and is developed for school matinees presented in theatres. It is a frequent add-on to the presentation of Children of Metropolis.
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 ensemble’s MainStage 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