Four years ago today, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars made its debut at Make Music New York‘s 1st annual Make Music Winter on Wednesday, December 21st, 2011 in New York City. Now, 1,461 days past, the project has been produced in a number of cities on three continents. More to come in the New Year. Thank you to all the musicians, presenters, and sponsors who have make everything possible. Guitarists, bassists, and percussionists – you are the most awesome. Here’s to the future tilts that await! ~ http://www.tiltedaxes.net/ ~ https://www.facebook.com/tiltedaxes/
“Monster Riffs & Tritonic Tintinnabulations”
New York’s Village Halloween Parade is an annual holiday parade and street pageant presented on the night of every Halloween in New York City’s Greenwich Village. Stretching more than a mile, this cultural event draws two million in-person spectators, more than sixty thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers, dozens of floats bearing live bands and other musical and performing acts, and a world-wide television audience of one hundred million. The Village Halloween Parade, initiated in 1974 by Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee, is the world’s largest Halloween parade and the only major nighttime parade in the United States.
Among the parade’s signature features are its pageant sized puppets — giant rod puppets “articulated” by teams of puppeteers — and its open participation to anyone in a costume who wishes to march. It has been called “New York’s Carnival.” Although the parade is currently not as informal and wild as it was in its earliest years, it is in effect still an alternative festival.
The parade has been featured in many national magazines and travel guides, and has been a subject of study by leading cultural anthropologists. According to The New York Times, “the Halloween Parade is the best entertainment the people of this City ever give the people of this City.” “Absolutely anything goes,” says USA Today. “Be prepared to drop your jaw.”
More iNFO to come at: https://www.halloween-nyc.com/
Tilted Axes web page: http://www.tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html
TILTED AXES: SÃO PAULO – Now it’s official and can be announced: The 3rd Música Estranha – International Exploratory Music Festival, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 25th to 29th of November 2015, has invited Tilted Axes to create a series of events for their city. Exactly how it will manifest itself is still in development (there’s much work to do) but, it’s very exciting to think of how things will sound with Brazilian musicians added to the post-progressive mix. Very.
More iNFO TBA
Here’s a collection of some of the press and photo coverage that came out of it (videos & recordings asap):
FLICKR Photos – TILTED AXES @ Concert of Colors – photos are all downloadable – credit: Jocelyn Gonzales
Dress Rehearsal in the Funk Lab at United Sound: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157653692200003
CofC – Tilt 1 – July 11: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157653722014784
CofC – Tilt 2 – July 12: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157656035775272
IXITI – The Experience Engine – Interview with PG of Tilted Axes
DETROIT FREE PRESS – Coverage of the Concert of Colors w/ Tilted photos:
OAKLAND PRESS – Revue of Don Was’ All-Star Revue w/ Walk Thru Walls (members of Tilted Axes)
The adventure continues. With the completion of our this project, we are already planning the next events for the 2015-2016 in the USA and abroad.
Thanks again to everyone who made this recent work possible and a reality. Count on us moving forward and hoping to see you at our next Tilt.
We can be anywhere!
Two weekends away…
“We’ve all encountered the strolling band in a café or even a marching brass band on the streets, but Tilted Axes is something else. For one thing, encountering a phalanx of electric guitarists with small amplifiers strapped to their waists is most unusual. Creating electric guitar music that physically moves is the brainchild of Detroit native Patrick Grant. He moved on to New York in 1985 after four years rocking with Walk Thru Walls and built a bigger music career that includes avant garde theater. But he wasn’t done with us yet. Detroit, along with New York and Düsseldorf, Germany, is one of the locales where an incarnation of his Tilted Axes musical theater has manifested itself. Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into sonic narratives and gets musicians off the stage and into the crowd.” – 2015 Concert of Colors web site