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Scrap Arts Music
1. Not your normal percussion group!
2. An internationally renowned, athletic next-generation percussion ensemble.
3. An earth-friendly, Vancouver Island-based company that creates unforgettable performances using mobile instruments artfully crafted from industrial scraps.
4. Five extraordinary, virtuosic and innovative drummers.
5. The group that transforms “scrap” into “art,” and “arts” into “music”.
Children of Metropolis by Scrap Arts Music
With a sci-fi vibe that takes inspiration from Fritz Lang’s 1927 classic film, Metropolis, this is a fast-paced, all-acoustic percussion bonanza. These musicians don’t just play music, they perform action-choreography on Scrap Arts Music’s signature invented instruments with gymnastic agility and percussive drive. They bring their original score to heart-pounding life in a production that chronicles one musician’s whimsical quest for identity, reinvention and a sense of place in a world that’s been forever changed.
“★★★★. High-kicking, virtuosic and adrenaline-packed!”
— Winnipeg Free Press
Children of Metropolis
Debuted 2018, touring 2020 & beyond
Children of Metropolis is a fast-paced, all-acoustic 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 beautiful-sounding, hand-made, mobile sculptural instruments.
Set in an other-worldly, retro-futuristic land, Children of Metropolis is inspired by the ending of Fritz Lang’s iconic 1927 cult classic film “Metropolis”.
Children of Metropolis builds upon Scrap Arts Music’s distinctive art form that involves percussionists performing all-original music on instruments crafted from unusual recycled and salvaged materials created by composer and percussionist Gregory Kozak. High-energy choreography and a smattering of humour give the production broad international reach and all age appeal.
Children of Metropolis
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.)
“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
Downloadable Promotional Video
“Scrap Arts Music are extremely gifted performers, appealing to audiences of all kinds and I highly recommend them. They attracted one of our largest audiences of the season.”
— Marc Mostovo, Founder and Music Director Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA