Innovative ensemble at NIU

DEKALB—Take some old bike parts, salvage sewage pipes, aluminum bowls and other recycled odds and ends, add a composer, five hyperactive hipsters, 80-plus wheels and a set of drumsticks, and the result is a dizzying shower of beats, involving gull-on gymnastic agility, compelling percussive drive and intricate, eye-catching choreography.

The Fine Arts Committee of the Campus Activities Board at Northern Illinois University is proud to announce Scrap Arts Music, a high-voltage percussion ensemble performing at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, at DeKalb’s Egyptian Theatre.

Additional company members include Scott Bishop, Sarka Kocicka, Malcolm Schoolbraid and Daniel Tones. The company is the evolved, next generation of “SWARM,” which made its Broadway debut in 1998 and was rewarded with positive reviews and encouraging feedback. Its U.S. debut came at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival in 2001 and in February 2002, the Pacific Music Industry Association nominated Scrap Arts Music in the category of “Best Live Performance” for a West Coast Music Award.

Lawrence Van Gelder of the New York Times describes the performance as a “novel, lively curiosity. … They have evoked the primitive, embodied the hip and reached out toward an almost extraterrestrial avant-garde. … Innovative, inventive intellects and inexhaustible bodies.”

Tickets are available at the CAB Box Office on the ground floor of the NIU Holmes Student Center or call 753-3146. Price is $7 for NIU students with ID; $17 for NIU faculty and staff and children ages 8-18; and $19 for the general public.

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