Q. What makes Scrap Arts Music different from other live percussion-based shows?
ANSWER: Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, the “makers” of Scrap Arts Music, invented and created all the musical instruments used in the show. These are not “found objects“ played like instruments, but completely new, tune-able “inventions” creatively constructed from a variety of scraps that are welded, bent, and transformed into entirely new sculptures.
As if conceiving and making these instruments wasn’t enough, Gregory wrote and choreographed the original music and performs alongside the other world-class musicians of the ensemble. Scrap Arts Music speciality is intricate, high-energy percussion performance. Justine’s influence is experienced in the stagecraft of their productions.
Scrap Arts Music is rooted in a GREEN eco-message:
Before you throw away something — whether an idea, a relationship or an object — think about its usefulness from a bunch of different angles… you will likely discover a whole new world of possibilities…
~ Gregory Kozak
Scrap Arts Music‘s ‘look’ is more Flash Gordon meets Dr. Seuss than “Mad Max.” If you want a positive, adrenaline-laced musical experience – we have your ticket.
Scrap Arts Music includes humorous moments within our nuanced and sophisticated percussion ensemble music. Enjoy discovering the sometimes unconventional instrument sounds, whimsical names of our sculptural contraptions, and the intriguing composition titles.
With Scrap Arts Music, “Music meets Athleticism“. All of our outstanding, multi-instrumentalists have strong athletic histories as well. Their excellence and physicality is put to use in performance. Percussion is the most physical of all the instrument families, after all.
Scrap Arts Music is CREATIVE: not only do we COMPOSE original music for over 145 unique instruments, we actually INVENT tune-able, beautiful-sounding and -looking instruments, that are sculptural and MOBILE; then we CHOREOGRAPH the performance to incorporate high-energy movement that expresses the POWER of music. We PERFORM this music with five of the world’s most impressive musical talents, and hit the stage with costumes and original lighting that maximize the unique qualities of our project.
Q. What audience does Scrap Arts Music serve?
ANSWER: Scrap Arts Music is for all ages! Whether you are 6 years old or 86, you will enjoy what our performances have to offer!
Scrap Arts Music has performed in over 16 different countries around the world, for audiences of all ages, languages and backgrounds. Yes, Scrap Arts Music has wide-ranging appeal!
Leader Gregory Kozak’s unique compositional voice draws upon several world music and jazz traditions, and all Scrap Arts Music instrument designs are based in an uncanny knowledge of the physics of sound.
We love that we can be SCULPTURAL, ARTISTIC and ECOLOGICALLY RESPONSIBLE – all within the discipline of MUSIC. Living on Canada’s West Coast has finely tuned our love of Nature and our desire to live more sustainably. We hope our project demonstrates that a little creativity can go a long way.
Q. You have a 90-minute MainStage show for theatres and festivals; what else do you do?
ANSWER: When you think of Scrap Arts Music, think SPECTACULAR… programmers from around the world do! Scrap Arts Music has performed at global special events including the 2010 Winter Olympics, half-time events at NBA Basketball Games, intermission performances at center ice for NHL Hockey Games, and at the ‘World Percussion Spectacular’ at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, to name just a few!
Scrap Arts Music has “turbo-charged” corporate events organized for Volkswagen, Electronic Arts, Oracle Technologies, David Suzuki Foundation, the Electrical Workers of America, and CibaVision, among others!
When featured on the MainStage as part of an evening of percussion, Scrap Arts Music definitely stands out as a UNIQUE and accessible project in the genre. When programmed for Educational Outreach, Scrap Arts Music adds “steam” to the STE(A)M curriculum with interactive moments that linger in a student’s memory for years to come!
Please take a leisurely tour through our photos, videos, press clips, and ever-increasing blog, to immerse yourself in our world. Let your programmers know you want to see our performance. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!
We sincerely hope we can perform for YOU in the very near future. 🙂
Q. How do you transport your instruments?
ANSWER: We designed the instruments so that they could be disassembled and packed very tightly into just 10 cases. The rebuild of the instruments in the theatre takes between 2 and 3 hours! Same with the disassembly and repack…
We only pack the cases when the instruments are shipped by professional movers overseas or very long distances. When we are on tour and driving from city to city, we rent a moving van (like a Penske or Ryder cube van) and drive it ourselves, which means we don’t need to repack the cases completely. That is a lot quicker!
Q. Are your costumes made of scrap?
ANSWER: In a tour, we end up doing many live performances in a short period of time. The costumes need to be easy to wash, breathable and quick drying – plus be of a flexible material that accommodates our action-choreography while keeping their shape. We need pretty specialized materials that are difficult to track down “used” in any large quantity. Although the belted drum holsters are made from recycled leather jackets by artist Mary Joyce, at the moment the futuristic costumes used in Children of Metropolis are hand made from new materials.
Q. Can you send me your up-to-date tech specs?
ANSWER: You can view them here or email us to request the most up to date version by clicking on the Contact tab at the top of the page.