Fairbanks Concert Association

Scrap Arts Music – 4.23.16 – 7:30

Saturday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium

Scrap Arts Music delivers intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and the hottest—most inventive—reuse of materials on stage today. With instruments fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, Scrap Arts Music’s original instruments and music are as visually striking as they are 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, Scrap Arts Music offers a highly physical, wildly theatrical and thoroughly entertaining taste of the musical vanguard and suitable for all ages.

We first saw this group as part of a juried showcase at the Western Arts Alliance conference in 2009. From the first moment we were dedicated to bringing them to Fairbanks. They combine incredible percussion, with the same gripping, heart-pounding music and movement elements as Taiko, with visually astonishing design on stage. The challenge was finding a presenting partner in the state who could share the cost of the freight. We have that with Anchorage’s Alaska Junior Theater who has brought them here before with great success. Now that we have them, they will be here, set up on stage at Hering for 3 days, presenting workshops in found sound, instrument making and movement for K-12 and adults of all experience. This is our family show for the season and has already proven to be wildly popular.   -FCA

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The Plan:


Scrap Arts will be in Fairbanks April 19 – 24, set up on stage at Hering
We’ll offer free workshops as follows:

April 21st:

  • 3:00 Found Sound for 10 – 16 year olds
  • 7:00 Found Sound for 17 – 80+

Found Sound Workshop:

Gregory Kozak is the artistic director, composer and instrument creator for Scrap Arts Music. He
will conduct a hands-on illustrated talk about “found sound” and the possibilities of creating
musical instruments from recycled and salvaged materials. Using Scrap Arts Music’s touring
instrument set as a departure point for a “found sound” overview, Gregory will discuss the origins
and evolutions of his mobile, kinetic instruments, creations that are taking the ensemble around
the world. He will discuss where to look for and assess materials with sonic potential, and how to
develop that potential. He will also work with participants to organize found sounds into a sonic
palette, while developing simple musical ideas as a finale to the workshop.

Time: 1 hour Workshop Limit: maximum 30 participants
Musical experience: Not required
Venue: Theater stage (where the instruments are located)

April 22nd:

  • 3:00 Rhythm and Movement for 10 – 16 year olds
  • 7:00 Rhythm and Movement for 17 – 80+

Rhythm And Movement Workshop:

Workshops are led by Scrap Arts Music Artistic Director, Gregory Kozak, with the assistance of
the members of the company. Gregory Kozak composes the music performed by Scrap Arts
Music, creates the choreography and designs & builds the group’s unique instruments. This
workshop will explore: • Drumming techniques and composition • A variety of drum patterns •
The creation of a musical piece • Choreography using Scrap Arts Music instruments
Workshops follow this process: • Each rhythm and movement workshop begins with a physical
warm-up with stretching • Scrap Arts Music will perform one piece from its repertoire
demonstrating the possibilities of rhythm and movement with the instruments • Participants are
divided into smaller groups to develop musical ideas under the guidance of members of Scrap
Arts Music • Participants explore rhythmic patterns based on language and movement • The
movement patterns and musical ideas of the sub-groups are eventually brought together to form
one piece, resulting in the creation and presentation of a kinetic percussion piece involving all

Workshop level is either: • Children, ages 10-16, or • Adults, ages 16-80+
Time: 1 hour Workshop Limit: maximum 30 participants

Workshops are limited to 30 participants each. There is no charge but you must pre-register.

Sign up through the FCA office 474-8081
Performance with Scrap Arts Music will be Saturday, April 23… yes, Earth Day!


(put it on your calendar)

Clean-Up Day will be held May 7, and the thank you party Trash Bash will be held from 11 am – 2 pm at Pioneer Park.
We ask you to bring a found object to Pioneer Park where we will create a community found object art installation under the direction of local found object artist Craig Buchanan.

We are starting a list of things we need for this event:

  • Tables
  • chairs
  • stands – holding canvases/back-drops etc
  • battery powered drills (as many we can get)
  • charging stations
  • canvases – wooden – found objects – frames – etc…
  • screws – various sizes various types(sheet-rock,wooden,)
    – 1/2 inch, 1 inch…etc… around 1 1/2 pounds per size(s)…
  • hand-held srew drivers both standard and phillips – many as we can get
  • hammers -small
  • glue –  elmers as well as gorilla
  • hand held vises – various sizes
  • clamps – various sizes
  • sand paper – various grids
  • olive oil
  • hard brushes – various sizes for cleaning objects etc…
  • soft brushes – for touch-up
  • aprons
  • water bottles – to drink
  • sharpies – numerous
  • scissors
  • paint -various colors
  • small nails(brad type)
  • rope/sisal/line
  • found objects – variety – large and small
  • sun glasses – so we can all look cool (optional)

I am sure we can come up with other things we may want or need for the event – lets brain storm..

All this and more is sponsored by Kinross Fort Knox Goldmine, Alaska Airlines Foundation and the GoodCents Foundation


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May 2, 2015