About Scrap Arts Music Scrap Arts Music is the brainchild of Gregory Kozak, a multi-talented Vancouver-based percussionist who learned the art of welding in order to create new instruments and expand his compositional palette. He's a composer and musician schooled in jazz and world music, who draws inspiration from the avant-garde composers of the 20th century. On this debut rcording he is joined by Malcolm Shoolbraid, Scott Bishop, Sarka Kocicka and Rahim Gaidhar. Gregory had grown frustrated by the limitations of conventional percussion performance. He set out to create new instruments and a 'next generation' ensemble that would bring his unique and energetic musical vision to life. Along with his artistic collaborator and Scrap Arts Music co-founder Justine Murdy, he scoured construction sites and scrap yards looking for great-sounding plastic pipes, hoses, coils, plumbing fixtures, wooden planks, steel bowls and sheet aluminum-anything with the potential to make music. From industrial surplus he fashioned over a hundred beautiful one-of-a-kind instruments that gave him access to an entirely new sonic realm. Intentionally wanting to explore the movement possibilities embodied in percussion music, Kozak put the instruments on wheels, enabling them to move with the players in fluidly synchronized choreography. Kozak then invited a group of stellar percussionists to join him on stage, and SAM was born. Scrap Arts Music made it's inaugural performance in Vancouver in 1998, and word quickly spread about the local musicians with a unique spin on music, movement, rhythm and recycling. Within short order, the group was invited to perform before large crowds at NHL games, NBA games, Earth Day Celebrations, and the Pacific National Exhibition*. Since then, Scrap Arts Music has developed 90 minutes of original repertoire composed for mobile, invented instruments, and has thrilled thousands of audience members across Canada, the United States, Europe, Mexico, Australia and China. While Scrap Arts Music has become renowned for it's energetic, highly physical performances, the group keeps it's focus first and foremost on the music. Using hand-forged instruments to play original music, Scrap Arts Music builds on the traditions of world percussion and "outsider music" fueled by genre-defying trailblazers such as Harry Partch, Wendy Mae Chambers and the Baschet Brothers. Scrap Arts Music's performance draws on established world music traditions and infuses it with 21st Century sensibilities to create infectious music that sounds like nothing else. The Belfast Telegraph praised the ensemble as "... both ear and eye boggling... original music expertly played and choreographed into a remarkable show." Australia's The Age declared "... an exciting sonic mix of rhythmic interplay and juxtaposed sounds from the most finely polished scrap metal I ever seen. ... Even for the percussively jaded, this group is a knock-out." And the Topeka Capital-Journal noted "The quintet's emotionally stirring music made the point that percussion music can be more than mere stomps or bangs on cans.' In 2002, Scrap Arts Music released Phon, a CD of original music. The CD was recorded early in that year at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies, and good friend -- and one of the world's greatest drummers -- Kenny Aronoff flew in to co-produce the recording. Kenny's masterful drumming is featured on this recording of Conundrum. Eight other tracks were laid down and the group has toured the world with these pieces forming the core of their energetic performances. In 2002, the group was nominated for a prestigious West Coast Music Award in the popular category of Best Live Performance. In 2003, Gregory Kozak was commissioned to create a new work-- Composition for Sighchordions and Strings-- for the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia and SAM. It premiered to great acclaim at the Kimmel Center. The high quality of musicianship and the energy and playfulness of the choreography have given SAM surprisingly wide appeal. Each year, Scrap Arts Music continues to bring it's dynamic and bold performances to a growing global audience. Scrap Arts Music has accepted invitations to perform at numerous international cultural festivals, including the prestigious Belfast Festival in Northern Ireland and Fórum Universal de las Culturas 2007 in Monterrey, Mexico, WOMADelaide in Australia and the Closing Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Scrap Arts Music has also headlined at world-renowned percussion events including Big Bang and Tromp Festivals in Holland, World Percussion Spectacular in Australia, and PASIC in the USA. In 2008 & 2009, SAM took it's adrenaline-laced performances and innovative workshops to festivals and theatres across Europe, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Guatemala, Mexico and the USA.