SAM2 re-invents do-it-yourself musical performance from the ground up with a creative, eco-positive mandate. Thrown away material becomes the foundation for a new generation of sound & visual discovery. Unforgettable power-percussion is the result. SAM2 transforms scrap into art & arts into music.
SAM2 by ScrapArtsMusic features exceptional performers with instruments beautifully sculpted from salvaged and recycled materials. Expect to see and hear a fast-paced show built around exotic exhaust hose, artful artillery shells, and resonant recycled metals.
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About our Educational Show:
SAM2 by ScrapArtsMusic introduces students to green ingenuity, innovation and excellence. It features original percussion music composed specifically for the ensemble by Gregory Kozak, a brief introduction to "scrap" instruments used in the presentation, and insight into how the music is composed and the choreography is developed.
In addition to providing entertainment, as a performing arts company, ScrapArtsMusic strives to open young minds to the art of the possible, encouraging creative thinking and opportunities for discussion and enrichment. To help you connect this production to your classroom curriculum, we have developed a Learning Guide with related teaching activities for students. Ask us for a copy!
The incredible performers in SAM2 are:
Gregory Kozak Christa Mercey Enmanuel Moreno
All SAM2 musicians are trained as multi-percussionists and play a variety of idiophones, membranophones and aerophones -- all of which have been artfully hand-crafted from recycled and salvaged materials.
Instruments, Music and Choreography by Gregory Kozak.
ScrapArtsMusic signature instruments used in the SAM2 show include:
Ziggurat Drums Humunga Drum Hourglass Drum PVC
Plankophone Gong Array Scorpion Drums Matt Paddles
Alumo-springs Exhaust Hose Artillery Shell Chimes
Flying Can Thunder Sheet
... and a variety of great-sounding, hand-selected Metallic Found Objects.
About GREGORY KOZAK
Gregory Kozak composes music, designs and builds instruments, choreographs movement and is a performer in the ensemble. A musician schooled in jazz and world music who draws inspiration from the avant-garde composers of the 20th century, Kozak learned the art of welding in order to create instruments that could give voice to his unique musical vision. His dedication to environmentalism inspired him to build these instruments exclusively from industrial scrap and found objects. His first show of original music, toured the USA in 1997-98, was debuted on Broadway, and received positive reviews and wide-ranging coverage. In 2001, ScrapArtsMusic made its international debut at The Philadelphia Fringe after a Long Term residency at the Banff Centre in the Canadian Rockies. Two years later, Gregory was commissioned by the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia to compose a piece for their string forces and his signature invented instruments. Gregory studied jazz at Carl Bergers Creative Music Studios in Woodstock, NY and NYCs New School for Social Research. He has studied privately with the worlds greatest masters of music, including Pandit Pran Nath (North Indian singing), Abraham Adzenyah (West African Drum and Dance), Elaine Agnew (composition) and Steve Berrios (Afro-Cuban drumset).
About ENMANUEL MORENO GOMEZ
Enmanuel Moreno was born in Venezuela, and began playing drums in 2003 at age 13. For four years he studied privately with Juan Carlos Tortoza, one of Venezuelas finest drummers, and from 2005-2008 was enrolled at the Conservatory of Music. He performed in several Venezuelan cities as a member of the Franco Medina Symphonic Youth Orchestra and the Percussion Ensemble of the Orchestra. He also participated in the Los Llanos International Percussion Festival. Enmanuel relocated to Canada in 2008 to study music at VCC, and began working with ScrapArtsMusic in 2011, opening an exciting new chapter.
About CHRISTA MERCEY
Christa grew up in Southwestern Ontario surrounded by a musical family. Her passion for music led her to the University of Toronto where she received a Bachelor Degree in Music Performance. In 2002, she was the recipient of the Zildjian scholarship, and a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to study music in Ghana, West Africa. Since then, she has enjoyed traveling the globe performing with Torontos TorQ Percussion Quartet (2004-2007), ScrapArtsMusic (2005-present), and various bands and songwriters including her dad, Ray Mercey of The Mercey Brothers, 7-time JUNO award recipients. Christa is soon to release her debut CD featuring her own singing and songwriting.
CDs by ScrapArtsMusic include:
Phon (available at iTunes and CDBaby.com)
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Typical 45-minute set consists of:
HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA THEME -- on P.V.C.
WHORLIES -- on bilge hose
METAL HEADS -- a variety of found metal objects played on top of carefully selected resonators
PLANKTON -- featuring the Plankophone, Ziguurat drums, Humunga and Hourglass Drums, and Gong Array
ANNOYOPHONIA -- four distinctly pitched annoyophone
MASS ENERGY -- high-energy student particpation piece
PHO-GONS -- a finale piece featuring drums and alumo-springs.