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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 company that transforms “scrap” into “art,” and “arts” into “music”.
Scrap Arts Music is an original, genre-defying performing arts company that expands on the foundations of traditional and world percussion.
With its groundbreaking take on live performance meets material environmentalism, Scrap Arts Music creates its own orchestra, compositions and choreography using materials around us.
Our imaginative compositions are performed live with over 145 acoustic instruments of our own making.
We delight in inspiring the next generation with inventive, exciting shows and multifaceted outreach.
Children of Metropolis by Scrap Arts Music
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, thirteen new music compositions, Scrap Arts Music’s signature action-choreography and now a full-screen movie that plays 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!”
— Winnipeg Free Press
Children of Metropolis
... is a fast-paced, all-acoustic, live percussion show with sci-fi-inspired film and video projections. Five musicians perform with gymnastic agility and percussive drive, demonstrating mesmerizing musical skill while striking, moving and bowing hand-made, beautiful-sounding, mobile sculptural instruments.
Set in an other-worldly dreamscape, Children of Metropolis is inspired by the ending of Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 cult classic film “Metropolis” in which the Great City is ruined by a human induced flood - but somehow the children survived. Children of Metropolis is a whimsical fantasy about what happened to one of those kids.
Children of Metropolis builds upon Scrap Arts Music’s distinctive art form involving percussionists that perform all-original music on instruments hand-crafted from scraps by composer and percussionist Gregory Kozak. Scrap materials used to create these mobile sculptures are salvaged in and around Vancouver and Victoria, on the Salish Sea.
High-energy choreography and a smattering of humour give this truly unique production broad international reach and intergenerational appeal.
“Even for the percussively jaded, this group is a knock-out!”
— CLIVE O’CONNELL, The Age (Melbourne)
Children of Metropolis
Children of Metropolis is an inventive, fast-paced percussion show suitable for all ages.
In addition to Scrap Arts Music’s signature sculptural instruments, original compositions, and action-choreography — Gregory and Justine have created a fantasy film that plays during the performance..
Children of Metropolis takes its inspiration from Fritz Lang's iconic, sci-fi cult classic film, Metropolis (1927).
The new film was created using a similar vintage camera, and 1920s inspired filming techniques and is a collaboration with Canadian filmmaker Andrew Struthers.
Fun-factoid: Andrew and his team created our own version of the city of Metropolis, constructing a landscape of retro-futuristic skyscrapers using bits and pieces of Scrap Arts Music's instruments!
The ironic twist is that our scrap comes from contemporary condo towers construction salvage.
“Really impressive! So much musicality, innovation, beautiful sounds… you certainly are one of the best percussion groups in the world. I really mean that!”
— Erk Willemsen, Publisher of SlagwerkKrant, Keijser 18 Mediaproducties; Producer of Big Bang Festival, Amsterdam, NL