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Sept. 10, 2008

Hancher presents free Homecoming Pentacrest performance by ScrapArtsMusic

The flood-displaced performing-arts season presented by the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium will open with a free Homecoming-weekend percussion party with ScrapArtsMusic at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28, east of the Old Capitol on the UI Pentacrest. No tickets are required.

ScrapArtsMusic began as a band of Vancouver street performers making muscular music on instruments constructed from industrial scrap salvaged at the city's harbor, PVC pipe and wooden planks from construction sites, artillery shells and other offbeat materials, until they were discovered and invited to perform at an NBA half-time show. Their impact was so dramatic that it was only a matter of months before they were the featured performers at a high-profile music awards show.

ScrapArtsMusic quickly evolved from busking (playing in public for donations) to a full-on theatrical experience. Founder, leader and composer Gregory Kozak has created bizarre instruments since he was a tyke, but his current repertoire and unique choreography (aka "power-percussion") was developed while in residency for three months at the Banff Centre for the Arts in the Canadian Rockies.

A nomination for the 2002 West Coast Music Award for Best Live Performance launched ScrapArtsMusic into international prominence, and they have been touring the world with their adrenaline-charged performance ever since, winning rave reviews wherever they go - "Pure magic!", "sexy, ultra physical," "a knock-out," "Wow!" and "Scrap rocks!"

They now travel with 145 handcrafted metal instruments especially designed for their unique brand of rocking "power percussion." View videos at Or listen at

The Sept. 28 event is supported by Orville and Loanna Bloethe -- HLV Community School Fund; The Iowa Language and Literacy Institute; an anonymous family foundation; and the Performing Arts Fund, a program of Arts Midwest funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from Iowa Arts Council, General Mills Foundation and Land O'Lakes Foundation.

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS:; Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,