For Labor Day 2020: “DETROIT INDUSTRY” BY DIEGO RIVERA, MUSIC BY PATRICK GRANT

1 of 3 (string orchestra version), The Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, music © 2008 by Patrick Grant / www.StrangeMusic.com, performed by SONYC: String Orchestra of NYC

2 of 3 (electric guitar version), The Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, music © 2013 by Patrick Grant, performed by Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars and recorded as “Rivera Court” ℗ 2016 PGM1601 (ASCAP). Premiered March 20, 2013 at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI

3 of 3 (techno music version), The Diego Rivera murals at the Detroit Institute of Arts, music © 2011 by Patrick Grant / www.StrangeMusic.com, performed by Hi-Q

New Tilted Axes Video

 

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Combining the energy of rock, the creative discipline of theater, and the experimental spirit of the NYC arts scene, Tilted Axes is both a processional event, and an ensemble of mobile electric guitarists created by Patrick Grant.

A classically trained post-rocker with a background in theatre, Patrick created Tilted Axes as a way of untethering the electric guitar from stage amps. This allows Tilted Axes to bring live music to our audiences, instead of the other way around. Tilted Axes is also a continuing expression of Patrick’s life-long interest in science and technology.

Tilted Axes’ free public performances feature music composed by Patrick, with the guitarists using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides as they walk through the streets. The procession of musicians moves along pre-planned routes in select areas, usually in honor of an event, a landmark, or an organization unique to that community.

Tilted Axes has had multiple incarnations in the USA, Europe, and South America. The ensemble performs during the annual Make Music New York celebrations for both the summer and winter solstices, in neighborhoods like the East Village, Harlem and Bushwick.

Tilted Axes has a frequent presence in Detroit as part of the city-wide cultural events Concert of Colors and the March du Nain Rouge, and at venues like the Detroit Institute of Arts, The Michigan Science Center, and Third Man Records.

The electric guitars of Tilted Axes have echoed through the streets of Sao Paulo Brazil and Düsseldorf Germany, in collaboration with local arts groups and musicians who embody the spirit and culture of their cities.

When the pandemic hit, Tilted Axes, like so many of their fellow artists, was hit hard. Unable to perform for the public, our group has had to adapt. But constant transformation is part of Patrick’s ethos as an artist. Tilted Axes was able to pull together international collaborations in the virtual sense, such as its appearance in the online celebrations of Earth Day 2020.

Tilted Axes created an audio-visual exploration on the lack of social touch during lockdown called “Touchy Subjects”, with musical tracks and home video collected from dozens of musicians. And another digital collaboration to mark International Strange Music Day is bringing together the far flung members of the group for a musical and visual meditation on the meaning of “strange” – in a year that almost defies the definition of the word.

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is working on more projects in 2020, finding new ways to bring their potent and pertinent music to the public, with an element of joyous wonder. But the ensemble needs your help to support the musicians and staff who make the project happen. Through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas, you can make a tax deductible contribution to our work. Help us make sure that Tilted Axes always stays in motion.

Tilted Axes premieres “Strange Changes” for International Strange Music Day

June 29, 2020: For Immediate Release

On August 24, 2020, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will release a new music video in observance of International Strange Music Day. The new work, entitled “Strange Changes”, is part of a multiplatform meditation on the word “strange” and its many meanings.

In what could easily be the strangest year on record for many of us, 2020 brings with it a number of challenges for us to confront as a society and individually. The idea of strangeness and the unfamiliar are obstacles for many people. What is the source of the fear that these people are experiencing? How have the roots of these fears manifested into centuries old systemic barriers that need to be removed?

On International Strange Music Day, Tilted Axes invites people to begin this work simply: to listen without prejudice, to seek first to understand.

Tilted Axes is an award-winning project of post-rock composer and performer Patrick Grant, which brings especially composed electric guitar music into public spaces. The group consists of 15-18 electric guitarists playing instrumental music through wearable mini-amps, accompanied by percussionists and other performers. Stylistically the ensemble covers a number of genres, centering on the nexus where rock, classical, and world music meet. Tilted Axes performs in public squares, museums, and festivals of all kinds. Recently the group has been creating free online content in response to the current crisis.

“For ’Strange Changes’ the aim is to create something that relates to our shared moment and yet could be understood as a project by anyone anytime anywhere,” says creator Grant. “We don’t want to create another grid-style video. We’re compiling images and video footage from our musicians and other artistic collaborators and building a narrative, visually and musically, that encompasses the personal experiences that we are all sharing in this strangest of times.”

As in similar creations from Tilted Axes, expect a large complement of auxiliary material completing the “Strange Changes” picture: related music and mixes, visual art, interviews with project participants, and micro-productions popping up in social media.

Tilted Axes “Strange Changes” Artists (USA, Brazil, Germany)

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1st row: Aileen Bunch, Alex Lahoski, Angela Babin, Anthony Garone, Christoph Goetzen, Dan Cooper, 2nd row: Daniel Reyes Llinas, Frauke Wilhelm, Gael Grant, Gerard Smith, James La Croix, Jane Mabrysmith, 3rd row: Jason Goldstein, Jeff Adams, Jeremy Nesse, Jocelyn Gonzales, John Ferrari, Jon Clancy, 4th row: Leslie Stevens, Marcelo Andrade, Michael Fisher, Michelle Zulli, Nomena Struß, Nora Elbayoumy, 5th row: Patrick Grant, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Steve Ball, Sudeip Ghosh, Thiago Cury, Tony Twilight

Strange Music Day is a “holiday” created by Grant in 2000 as an internet meme. Ever since then, the concept has gained wide appeal and has grown internationally. Observance of Strange Music Day has been adopted by radio stations, summer schools, music festivals, and used as a platform to celebrate music, performance, and sonic innovation all over the world every August 24th.

For complete details about “Strange Changes”, its August 24th International Strange Music Day release and related events, please follow Tilted Axes on Instagram, Facebook, or on its web site.

“Strange Changes” is presented in partnership with the Festival Música Estranha (São Paulo), Make Weird Music, and is made possible by generous private donations through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas and with support from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Adjunct Development Fund.

More iNFO at http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

 

Tilted Axes “Touchy Subjects” for Make Music Day

On June 20-21, 2020, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars released new music (June 20) and an accompanying video (June 21) in observance of the Summer Solstice. The new work, entitled “Touchy Subjects”, is a musical meditation on the real phenomenon of “touch starvation” that many are experiencing since the onset of social distancing. “Touchy Subjects” explores the tonalities of touch, or the ways in which we physically connect to the world we inhabit have changed.

Touchy Subjects contributing artists, video and/or audio, from the USA, Brazil, Germany, and beyond: Angela Babin, Alex Lahoski, Jeff Adams, Marcelo Andrade, Steve Ball, Aileen Bunch, Eduardo Cabral, Jude Closson, Nora Elbayoumy, John Ferrari, Michael Fisher, Michael Foti, Sudeip Ghosh, Christoph Goezten, Jocelyn Gonzales, Gael Grant, Patrick Grant, James La Croix, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Jane Mabrysmith, Anthony Mullin, Jeremy Nesse, Reinaldo Perez, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Christopher Simpson, Gerard Smith, Leslie Stevens, Skeeto Valdez.

Info: tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

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