The Age (Melbourne)

The Age (Australia) 

REVIEW: All-Star World Percussion Spectacular. 

Sidney Meyer Music Bowl. 


Before Evelyn Glennie emerged for a brilliantly modulated bongo solo, Scrap Arts Music from Canada gave a display of their craft. 

Using an anything-goes approach as sound-source, this quintet have the total package: near-faultless command of their instruments, a unanimity of ensemble that even from a distance impresses as extraordinary, and athletic choreography that obviously requires just as much conditioning as any physically draining sport. As later with Glennie, students were incorporated into the action, the whole corps bringing off an exciting sonic mix of rhythmic interplay and juxtaposed sounds from the most finely polished scrap metal I ever seen. It’s a pity the musicians have complete their appearances here. Even for the percussively jaded, this group is a knock-out.