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Making noise with ScrapArtsMusic

by on March 29, 2012

Inventive. Highly skilled. Mesmerizing. Hyper-kinetic. Powerful. Rooted in street performance, jazz, and world music traditions, and fueled by the same inexplicable genius that produced projects like Blue Man Group and Stomp, ScrapArtsMusic has been traveling the world–the pinnacle of which was a live performance at BC Place Stadium for a crowd of 70,000 people at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Set to perform at The Fredericton Playhouse on Tuesday, April 10, ScrapArtsMusic will deliver intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and the hottest, most inventive reuse of materials on stage today!

Started by Gregory Kozak, a percussion virtuoso with a talent for welding, a commitment to recycling and energy to burn, and Justine Murdy, a designer with a passion for spectacle and a head for making things happen – they are the heart and soul of ScrapArtsMusic.

Joined on stage by Spencer Cole, Christa Mercey, Greg Samek and Malcolm Shoolbraid (four of the percussion world’s freshest and most adventurous talents) – with instruments fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells – ScrapArtsMusic’s original music is as visually striking as it is sonically riveting. Audiences from four continents have welcomed this electrifying quintet with unbridled enthusiasm, embracing their intoxicating mix of music, movement and spectacle. Transcending language, culture and age, ScrapArtsMusic offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining taste of the musical vanguard.

The Philadelphia Inquirer calls them “Visually riveting!”, while the Belfast Telegraph (UK) lauded them as “Fantastic! A remarkable show!” The Winnipeg FreePress agrees, giving them “Five stars*****out of five.” And the accolades don’t stop there. Their unique and adrenaline-laced performances have been seen all over the world and use over 145 invented instruments, hand-crafted from metal. Don’t miss this eco-powered percussion presentation that delivers original music on one-of-a-kind mobile sculptures!

In conjunction with their April 10th performance at The Fredericton Playhouse, ScrapArtsMusic will be offering a Found Sound Workshop on Monday, April 9 at 3pm. Gregory Kozak, artistic director, composer and instrument creator for ScrapArtsMusic, will conduct a hands-on illustrated talk about “found sound” and, with the help of his ensemble, demonstrate the possibilities of creating musical instruments from recycled and salvaged materials.  You will explore where to look for and assess materials with sonic potential, how to organize those sounds into a sonic palette, and conclude with simple musical ideas.

The workshop will take place at The Fredericton Playhouse, and registration is required. The fee is $15 ($10 for Spotlight members). Please contact the box office in person or by phone at 458-8344 for more information or to register.

Tickets for ScrapArtsMusic are available at the Fredericton Playhouse box office 1-866-884-5800, or online at

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