"First of all, your energy and artistry make me happy. I cannot watch and listen to you play without breaking into a smile and feeling better. Second, your instruments and the manner in which you create them are so inspiring. They are beautiful visually and musically. And third, Scrap Arts Music shares the love of creating with others. As an educator and an artist, that is very important to me. ❤️"
~ Kim I. on Instagram.
🔥 Scrap Arts Music: Original, High-Octane invention
We start with SCRAP.
We transform it through the ARTS of sculpture, choreography and film.
And we draw upon our imaginations to create an unforgettable MUSIC experience…
Five athletic musicians perform with 145 mobile invented instruments -- all hand-made by visionary composer Gregory Kozak.
The result? Unexpectedly beautiful Experimental Pop Percussion that is intricate, playful and powerful, and that delights the ears, eyes and heart.
Inspired and inspiring!
Scrap Arts Music is a unique Canadian project honoured to receive invitations to perform across North America and around the world for audiences from all walks of life.
Founder + Catalyst
Gregory Kozak composes music for quintet, orchestra and film, and creates musical instruments from industrial scrap and choreographs movement.
Kozak 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 visionary musician schooled in jazz and world music traditions, Gregory draws inspiration from avant-garde composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. He learned the art of metal fabrication in order to create instruments that could give expression to his unique musical voice.
When not performing, Gregory is boldly exploring compositional ideas on piano and drums, following world events, running around Mt. Tolmie, taking Arrow and Oblio on walks, and helping Justine in the garden.
Founder + Catalyst
Justine Murdy is involved in project conceptualization, instrument design, and all facets of art direction (costumes, lighting, stage craft). Murdy 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.
Always forward-thinking (with one foot in the present), Justine is an avid organic gardener and an advocate for ancient forests. When not on tour you can find her strategizing world domination for Scrap Arts Music and tending habitats for the creatures she shares her perch with on Mt Tolmie.
About "Children of Metropolis"
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 their original score to heart-pounding life.
Children of Metropolis is the latest production by Scrap Arts Music. It features over 145 self-made sculptural instruments, seventeen all-original music compositions, Scrap Arts Music’s signature action-choreography, and a whimsical full-length movie of our own making that shows while the musicians perform live.
Children of Metropolis is a multi-year creation supported in part by the Canada Council for the Arts, Creative BC, Small Business BC, and FACTOR Canada.
“★★★★★. 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!”