One Man’s Garbage is Another’s Man’s Gold:
Recycled Objects Create Harmonious Sound in Concert Experience
– The Music of Junk! –
Adaptation of 2014 Fringe Festival Hit Features Old Bike Parts, Cooking Tools, a Bed
Frame, a Car – Even the Kitchen Sink – Transformed into Musical Instruments
Vancouver, BC – The Music of Junk! – the light-hearted, feel-good concert experience inspired by the belief that “one man’s garbage is another man’s gold” – rolls into the Waterfront Theatre, November 18 – 22, 2015. Adapted from the 2014 Fringe Festival musical, the production features 12 multi-talented musicians and singers performing instruments crafted from everyday objects – ‘garbage bag’ bagpipes, a ‘wheel barrow’ bass, a ‘wine
glass’ harp, and more – creating toe-tapping tunes that will have audiences grooving in their seats!
“Throughout the development of The Music of Junk! I was amazed by how much ‘stuff’ we toss away every day without consideration for where it ends up,” says Paul Snider, Creator, Composer and Director. “Each instrument represents items of garbage saved from the landfill, which have been innovatively repurposed to produce fantastic sound. In this newlyadapted concert experience, we encourage audiences to take a closer look at, and appreciate, the objects being discarded, and discover the music and fun these reimagined materials can provide for the whole family!”
In The Music of Junk! – a must-see production for STOMP loving audiences – more than 20 rare and unusual instruments fill the stage. The performance’s gifted cast of local musicians and singers masterfully drums, strums, and sounds their junkyard contraptions to create heartfelt ballads and spirited beats. A few of the most striking devices include the ‘Recycolin’, a violin-type instrument, which combines pieces of plywood, paper maché
and an old baseball bat, coupled with the ‘Ballute Machine’, made of 15 flute-style devices connected to balloons with a garden hose, and the ‘Autodrum’, a timpani built from the front end of a 1999 Honda Accord®.
The concept for The Music of Junk! was first envisioned by Paul Snider during his travels to Kenya in 2011. The Vancouver-based entrepreneur, whose many career ventures have earned him the title of actor, filmmaker and software industry veteran, was moved by the ingenuity of Kenya’s locals in “repurposing rubbish into tools and musical instruments”. Armed with imagination, as well as research and literature on the principles of sound, Snider began experimenting with his own creations. After carefully studying the acoustics of each instrument, while amassing a wealth of scrap materials, the inventive designer started building the pieces for his visionary ensemble.
The entire program’s immensely catchy, original works are written and composed by Snider. Mixing pop-rock with folk, blues, orchestral and Scottish music, the songs unveil the cleverly imagined history of the junk-turned-musical-treasures, while demonstrating the unique sounds each instrument emits.
About The Music of Junk! (themusicofjunk.com)
The Music of Junk! is a fun, energetic, musical adventure of original music performed on original instruments built from recycled junk. The 12-member orchestra and singers perform original compositions by Canadian composer Paul Snider during this 90-minute, unique show. Stories of the junkyard unfold through a wheel barrow bass, a garbage can cello, hub caps, PVC tubing, an automobile, different types of percussive instruments and much
more junk, all adding to the originality of this orchestra of the imagination.
LISTING INFORMATION The Music of Junk!
Dates: November 18 – 22, 2015, 7:30pm
November 18: Preview
November 19: Opening Night
Ticket prices: $25 Adults (18 & Over)
$20 Students (Ages 13-17)
$15 Children (12 & Under)
$5 Off All Tickets: November 18 Only
Address: Waterfront Theatre
1412 Cartwright Street
Box Office: themusicofjunk.com
Enter for a chance to win a family of 4 tickets to The Music of Junk show at Granville Island in BC, Canada on Thursday November 19th at 730 pm. This giveaway is open to residents of The Lower Mainland of BC who are over the age of 18. The prize is for the 4 tickets and does not include transportation or any costs associated to attending the show. Please ensure that you read the full terms and conditions found at the bottom of the entry form.