ScrapArtsMusic, the Vancouver-based percussion ensemble will show its action thumping at Washington University’s Edison Theatre. The one-night-only performance is a part of the 2009-10 OVATIONS Series. Gregory Kozak, a composer and avant-garde jazz musician formulated ScrapArtsMusic that performs on hand-made instruments made completely out of salvaged and recycled materials. He learned the art of welding in order to build a number of instruments.
Kozak has fabricated more than 145 instruments from the treasure found in junkyards, shipyards and demolition sites near his home in British Columbia. Things like sailboard mast, steel bowls, balloons, wood and aluminum scraps have gone into making a whole horde of instruments ranging from the spinning Ziggurat Drum to the Junk-on-a-Stick cymbal tree to the 13-string Mojo. He infused new life into artillery shells and stainless steel scrap and transformed it into the Chime Array.
Other interesting instruments he made are the Gong Array, made from boat railings and monkey bar ‘seconds’ and the Plankophone, a kind of marimba made from wooden railings pulled out of a condemned building. Taking inspiration from this extremely talented group, Edison Theatre is conducting a competition called ‘Sounds of Sustainability’ for which Washington University students will have to create their own ScrapArtsMusic-style instruments using only found, recycled and re-used materials. The scintillating performance will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23 for which tickets are available at the Edison Theatre Box Office and through all MetroTix outlets.