R.I.P. Judith Malina 1926-2015

Theater visionary Judith Malina has died. A mentor, collaborator, and friend. R.I.P.


Judith Malina and Living Theatre composer Patrick Grant in 2007.

The Zero Method by Hanon Reznikov (1991) based on Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Peformed by Judith Malina & Hanon Reznikov. Directed by Judith Malina. Original score & live soundscapes by Patrick Grant.

Tilted Axes & 4th Annual Bestest Concert Ever Previewed

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Get Ready to Rock at ‘Bestest’ Concert
The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

by Diana Wing, Guest Columnist

This year’s fourth annual “Bestest Concert Ever” at the Royal Oak Farmers Market is sure to be the “bestest” by far. Royal Oaker Paula Messner, guitarist and songwriter for Candy Band, has a great eclectic lineup of live music, plus kids’ activities, and food and beverages for this family-friendly event that runs, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
“It’s going to be so fun this year,” she said.

Rockin’ the Red Carpet photos, a Crazy Hair Salon, Zany Face Painting and a haute couture dress-up station will get the fun started. Kids can make a wax replica of their hand with Creative Arts Studio, try out a range of instruments at the McCourts Musical Petting Zoo, go gem mining with the Miners Den, and play games with the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and the Band Boosters.

Messner has planned an eclectic lineup of performances for the night. Of course, the Candy Band moms will be playing children’s favorites, along with original songs. Their music is a blast for adults, too. The intensity will grow with Horse Cave Trio, known for their high energy roots rock, also characterized as high-octane roadhouse blues or outlaw country rock ‘n roll. Motor Honey is a five-piece band fronted by Sara Covatta whom Messner describes as having a “beautiful voice.” The group performs a mix of rock, soul and funky grooves – American Soul.

Messner also invited Evenin’ Gentlemen who have a collective 100-plus years as active members of the International Barber Shop Harmony Society. They currently sing with the Detroit Oakland Gentlemen songsters and provide “wholesome and pleasing entertainment across a range of genres in the barbershop style.”

Guitar procession

No doubt the headliner for this year’s “Bestest Concert Ever” will be Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Founded in 2011 by composer/performer and Detroit native Patrick Grant, Tilted Axes is an electric guitar procession of upwards of 30 performers who wear portable amps strapped on their sides or backs. It has the energy of rock and it’s part street theater as guitarists walk through the downtown New York City art scene and other communities.

“We have a bit of a guerrilla esthetic,” said Grant in a highly entertaining promotional video. “We’re able to go where the public is. That is the beauty of being mobile.”

Messner invited Grant to perform at the “Bestest Concert Ever” because she had taken part in a Tilted Axes procession last summer in Detroit.

“We started outside the Detroit Historical Museum and we did a song. We marched up Woodward. We went outside of the library and the DIA and around the Wayne State campus,” she described. “We went into a restaurant where people were having lunch and drinking a beer … and we just filled the place. We all stood there and played a song and everybody (at the restaurant) their jaw hit the floor, and then we left. They never knew what hit them!”

One bass player and a snare drum player usually perform with the group. Grant writes the original music for guitar. There are four-six parts, so not everyone plays the same thing.

“One guitar might be playing chords, one might be playing notes. They all go together,” Messner said. “There are certain songs where I break out in a lead and it will be my solo, and I can do whatever I want and everybody backs me up. Then somebody else will come out and do a solo.

“Some of the songs are complex and everybody’s got notes taped to their guitar and clipped on, so it’s a little crazy. But it’s a lot of fun and I was really glad to be a part of it last year.”

Messner expects about 15 performers in the Tilted Axes Detroit crew will play at the “Bestest Concert Ever.” She and fellow guitarists will rehearse the week before when Grant come into town. If the weather is permitting the mobile electric guitarists might wander around downtown Royal Oak the night before the concert, Messner said. Spring, and possibly an equinox procession, is just around the corner.

Admission to the “Bestest Concert Ever” is only $5 (children 3 and younger are free), with 100 percent of profits going to the Royal Oak Optimist Club which organizes and helps to support numerous youth activities. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile. Call 248-246-3276. Visit http://www.tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html to watch a video of Titled Axes in action.

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TILT CORE – The Sound of Burning Chairs

 

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Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars’
TILT CORE ~ THE SOUND OF BURNING CHAIRS
A Preview Performance of New Material

Wednesday, December 17th at 10:00 PM
Carta Azul Taqueria & Ceviche Bar
103 W 14th Street, New York City
Free Admission

Performers: Patrick Grant, Dan Cooper, Matt Grossman, John Halo, Randolph Hudson III, Jeremy Nesse, Cesare Papetti, Reinaldo Perez, & Daniel Reyes-Llinas

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars was created in 2011 by composer/performer Patrick Grant for Make Music New York’s inaugural Make Music Winter solstice event. Since then, Tilted Axes has evolved as a project with multiple incarnations in New York, Detroit, and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2015 the project will manifest itself in performances created in the USA, Europe, and South America.

After performing three years in a row for the December 21st Make Music Winter events, a conscious decision was made to sit this one out in order to prepare for the work ahead in 2015. We will be back!

TILT CORE, in its original intention, is an ensemble drawn from the larger group of performers as a means to explore and experiment with new material without the constraint of an immediate public performance. Its roster can, and should, change seasonally. Tilt Core’s smaller size comes from the concept of “the magic number seven plus or minus two” a.k.a. Miller’s Law, the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory. This smaller size, 5-9 members, enhances Tilt Core’s musical and practical possibilities. Outside of the larger Tilted Axes projects, Tilt Core will be a more agile and easily presentable ensemble.

Why this performance then, if performing was never an intention? It is a preview through which all of the standard criteria of an official performance will apply. In whatever city Tilted Axes performs, we discover a local establishment where we can eat, drink, and hold our post-rehearsal discussions. “Where Tilted Axes Relaxes” is how it’s come to be known. In the case of Tilt Core, it’s been Carta Azul Taqueria & Ceviche Bar, directly across the street from the Alchemical Theater Laboratory where Tilt Core rehearses. The owners of Carta Azul, having gotten to know us well over the past couple of months, generously offered us their place to have an informal performance. In other words: it came to us. This performance will bring to completion this phase of Tilt Core 1.0. The project’s 2.0 incarnation will begin early next year.

So here we are, ready to rise to this performance challenge. If you are free, please join us and get a taste of everything Tilted that’s in store for the New Year.

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