Tilted Axes 20/20 Vision = Music + Art + Science: Moving Out Into the World
Thank you all for a wonderful 2019! With your generous support we were able to bring free Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars performances to the public, both indoors and out-of-doors, while transforming communities in the process. Here are some of our highlights from the last 12 months:
Cold Moon Consort I & II NYC
Winter Workshops at Alchemical Studios (6)
Third Man Records Cass Corridor Equinox
Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation
The Marche du Nain Rouge, Detroit
Spring Workshops at Alchemical Studios (6)
Space Camp at the DIME
Tilted Axes @ Rubulad Brooklyn
Tilted Axes Make Music Harlem
“Promenade” at the Detroit Institute of Arts*
Apollo 11 “Moonwalk” at the Michigan Science Center*
*Part of the 27th Annual Concert of Colors
Info and pictures > http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html
Over an album’s worth of new material was created and performed by Tilted Axes for these events. Look forward to new recordings being released in the coming year.
Please Join Us for Our 2020 Projects!
By supporting our work with your *tax deductible* donation, we are able to rent rehearsal space, maintain our mini-amps, buy batteries, engrave and print our scores, hire security and staff for our performances, create print materials and ads to spread the word about our mission, but most important of all, to pay our fine musicians. With your help, we’ve been able to keep our performances free to the public.
If you’ve been a part of our team in the past, now is a good time upgrade your status and renew your membership!
Tilted Axes Goes to Mars (working title)
Save yourself a figurative seat in Mission Control for next summer’s launch of the new Mars Rover! Why are we going to Mars when there are so many problems here on Earth? Because it is through initiatives like this that we will find the terrestrial solutions we need so badly. The very technology you’re using right now is directly descended from the Earth to Moon missions of yesteryear. Become a part of our Mars mission and help us get out the word to all possible pioneers in a way that only music+art+science can inspire us to action. More iNFO here: http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html
An Award from NYU
“I am happy to find out that I received a 2019-2020 cash award from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The award, from the Adjunct Professional Development Fund, is to further develop my work with mobile electric guitar ensembles in composition, performance, and public engagement. As a medium, the work will be used to address community concerns (i.e. the use of public spaces), global concerns (i.e. climate change and renewable energy), and future concerns (i.e. space exploration and unforeseen discoveries). Above all, it’s about creating music together and moving it out into the world. Thank you, NYU!” – Patrick Grant
A Tilted Trajectory
The year ahead begins with Winter Workshops of all new material. We have the March Equinox to look forward to, as well as the Spring Workshops that will follow. We will be working with some of the city’s finest choreographers to refine our moto-narrative. Expect big events in June and July as we mark the launch of the 2020 Mars rover. Count on even bigger events to transpire in October through December as we track the Rover’s progress to Mars, scheduled to land in February 2021. It’s too soon to spill the details, but if this year was any indication, then next year will be even bigger as we move into truly uncharted territory.
“If you’ve ever experienced the unexpected sight and sounds of Tilted Axes filling the city streets, you know how special the project is! Help us keep going! Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is ready to create new music and movement-based performance throughout the urban landscape and into unexpected venues. Please be a part of our team! Check out the info or video and make a *tax deductible* donation – every little bit Tilts!” – Jocelyn Gonzales, radio producer
A Solstice Wish
The winter solstice is the anniversary of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. We began on Dec. 21, 2011 as part of the first Make Music Winter celebration in NYC. Since then, we have expanded out into the world, and over the airwaves. Please support our mission via our donation link here: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars. 2020 will be a landmark year for the project with special guests, rare opportunities, and the potential for music, art, and science to change the world for the better, a community at a time. We believe this.
Wishing you all the best and a VERY New Year!
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “…It took a generation of composer-players who grew up comfortable with both classical forms and rock timbres—composers like Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Tim Brady and Patrick Grant —to usher the electric guitar into the classical fold. Two releases—Mr. Branca’s “The Third Ascension” (Systems Neutralizers), and “Potential Differences” (New Focus) by the young guitar quartet Dither, both out now—offer an intriguing snapshot of new concert works for electric guitars.”
by Allan Kozinn
Read the complete review HERE
I am happy to find out that I received a 2019-2020 cash award from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. The award, from the Adjunct Professional Development Fund, is to further develop my work with mobile electric guitar ensembles in composition, performance, and public engagement. As a medium, the work will be used to address community concerns (i.e. the use of public spaces), global concerns (i.e. climate change and renewable energy), and future concerns (i.e. space exploration and unforeseen discoveries). Above all, it’s about creating music together and moving it out into the world. Thank you, NYU! – Patrick Grant
#art #music #science #tiltedaxes
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Don Gillespie R.I.P. (1936-2019) ~ I’m very saddened to learn of the passing of new music champion Don Gillespie. He was a friend. Don was Vice President of C.F. Peters music publishers when a very young me got a job there in the late 80s. He taught me so much about music, especially John Cage, Lou Harrison (he was good friends of both and introduced me to them), an expert on Delius, and my gateway to lesser known (to me at the time) composers like Nancarrow, John J. Becker, and Ruth Crawford Seeger.
I remember drunken music nights at his apartment where we’d have Busoni sight-reading contests (The Piano Concerto), debate the non-narrative structure of Robert Ashley‘s “Now Eleanor’s Idea“, and then he’d turn around and make us listen to a 1920s recording by The Skillet Lickers. The week that Lou Reed’s “New York” album came out, we listened to it at his place while eating the freshly smoked mozzarella he’d pick up for us from Joe’s Dairy on Sullivan Street. Let’s not even get started on his fascination with Sorabji!
Don and C.F. Peters’ Evelyn Hinrichsen were amongst the first supporters of my Silent Treatment concert series, my first productions, in the East Village back in 1989-90. He supported all kinds of new music up-and-comers, he connected many of us, young and old, near and far.
I would continue to see Don over the years either at concerts or get togethers at Margaret Leng Tan‘s house in Brooklyn for a performance of Lucier‘s Strawberry Fields Forever-inspired “Nothing is Real.” I remember Don and his then wife Sabine coming over to gorge ourselves on caviar that I had just smuggled back from Russia and playing “Cage’s “Ophelia (1946)” on the piano for him on the 41st floor looking out over Central Park.
Don got really mad at me one time when, on the newly invented internet, I spoke for him (incorrectly) in an argument with Howard Stokar. He had every right to be really mad because I did something dumb. Something good came out of it. When asking him for forgiveness I was able to tell him how much he meant to me and everything I learned from him. We got back on track, but I wish I could tell him all over again.
The last time I saw Don I was playing a piece of music of mine on Cornelia Street in an ensemble that was celebrating Terry Riley’s “In C”‘s 50th anniversary. I saw him in the audience, he lived around the corner, and we just smiled. I haven’t seen him since, though I thought of him often. It was fitting.
When I think of all the hell he caught at C.F. Peters (it was an ugly scene back then for non-serialists; Don called it Fort Dodecaphonic) for supporting tonal, rhythmically innovative, non-European-inspired forms of new music, I’m glad he held his ground, and even put his job on the line a few times (truth), for the music he believed in.
So, seeing him there that sunny afternoon, with new compositions playing in the air inspired by “In C” to a diverse and interested crowd of New Yorkers, it felt like a victory for all of us who followed the musical pathways he showed to so many of us.
That fight’s over.
You won, Don.
Rest in Peace.
“John Cage at 100” by Don Gillespie
“Don Gillespie New Music Box Profile”
Don’s middle name was Chance
“53 years ago this week, ‘96 Tears‘ by ? and The Mysterians rose to #1 on the pop charts. This week on Studio 360, the roots of American punk are traced back to Detroit in this brand new American Icons piece produced by Jocelyn Gonzales and Pedro Rafael Rosado, with Rob St. Mary, Ralph Valdez, Mary Cobra, New York Times’ Jon Pareles, and help from Patrick Grant and WDET 101.9FM.” (27 min.)
#NASA – “On a more cosmic note, Tilted Axes goes to Mars in 2020. Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars has joined the roster of names that will be inscribed onto a silicon chip as part of the 2020 Mars rover mission. Engineers with the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California will stencil all the names onto the chip with an electron beam. “This is part of a public engagement campaign to highlight missions involved with NASA’s journey from the Moon to Mars,” NASA officials wrote in a statement.
The 2020 Mars rover is scheduled to launch to the Red Planet on July 2020 and land inside the 28-mile-wide (45 kilometers) Jezero Crater. The 2,300-lb. (1,040 kilograms) rover, with its nuclear power source, will search for signs of past microbial life, study the climate and geology of Mars, and collect samples that may be returned to Earth on a future mission”. #TiltedAxes #GoesToMars