The STRiNGS & THiNGS Show returns with “First Axe.”

Listen HERE: https://www.stringsandthingsshow.com/?p=7323 or where anywhere you find quality podcasts.

We’re back to bring you some new stories from the Tilted Axes circle of musicians. If you don’t know, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an orchestra of guitarists and percussionists led by composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music with mini-amps strapped over their shoulders, moving through public spaces in museums, parks and city streets. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. And you’re going to meet one of them right now in this series of episodes called “First Axe” – stories about first guitars.

Elisa Corona Aguilar is a writer, translator, composer and guitarist from Mexico City. As a kid, she felt left out when her brother got a guitar and she didn’t. In this episode, she tell us how she finally got her own instrument, and how it still influences the music she makes today.

Elisa has won several literary prizes and her most recent book is Doctor Vertigo and the Temptations of Imbalance and she’s translated Mingus & Mingus, the autobiography of Sue Graham Mingus and her life with Charles Mingus in Mexico. She’s been a member of Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty GuitaristsMusic for Contemplation, the Contemporary Guitar EnsembleMúsica y Letras at El Taller Latinoamericano de Nueva YorkTilted Axes: Music For Mobile Electric Guitars and the guitar duet Doble vida. She has a solo project called Sierpe and Other Stories, a series of compositions with electric guitar, loop, iPhone, music box, poetry and spoken word in different languages. She’s pursuing her PhD in music (NYU) and is a member of the prestigious National Endowment for Art Creators of Mexico (SNCA).

Tilted Axes Opens Its Spring Season In New York City

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Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

opens its spring season in New York City

Two performances free to the public!

Long Island City — Saturday, April 30, 6:30pm-7:45pm

Culture Lab LIC, 5-25 46th Ave, Queens, NY

Performance commences in the outdoor gallery and moves inside

East Village — Sunday, May 1, 3:00-4:15pm

Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge, 167 Avenue B, NYC

Celebrate Beltane with a big, witchy block party from 12pm-9pm

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an orchestra of guitarists and percussionists led by post-rock composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders.

They perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. The musicians learn a common repertoire created by diverse composers and rehearse it in workshops.

The project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change community conversation.

These shows are part of Tilted@10, Tilted Axes’ Tenth Anniversary Season. It includes new music by Howie Kenty, Elisa Corona Aguilar, and Patrick Grant and movement direction by Christopher Caines.

Tilted Axes — Elisa Corona Aguilar, Gene Ardor, Angela Babin, Jason Goldstein, Patrick Grant (music director), John Halo, Howie Kenty, Alex Lahoski, Chad Ossman, Kevin Pfieffer, Sean Satin, Dmitri Shapira:  electric guitars — Jeremy Nesse: bass —John Ferrari, David Demnitz, Christopher Caines: percussion

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a project of Peppergreen Media and is powered by Vox Amplification courtesy of KORG USA. We thank our performance partners Culture Lab LIC, Hekate Café & Elixir Lounge, Astor Place Hairstylists, Alchemical Studios, and Mercy Sound Studios NYC.

Our Tilted@10 anniversary season is made possible in part bythe New York State Council on the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The ASCAP Plus+ Awards, the NYU Tisch Adjunct Development Fund, but mostly through the generous support of the public.

#tiltedaxes — http://www.tiltedaxes.com — @tiltedaxes

Tilted Axes: Culture Lab LIC — April 30

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an orchestra of guitarists and percussionists led by post-rock composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. 

Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. The musicians learn a common repertoire created by diverse composers and rehearse it in workshops. 

The project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change community conversation.

More iNFO TBACulture Lab LIC

2022 DMA Nomination — Outstanding Classical Composer

2022 DMA Nominee
Outstanding Classical Composer —
Patrick Grant

My first publicly performed piece was “Cantata for the Easter Mass” when I was 15 years old at the Our Lady of Victory Church in Northville, MI. It was written for soloists, choir, strings and organ. While I’m not a traditionally religious person at all, I have retained this sense of ceremony in all my work ever since. It seeks to find a place in the world. And there is always a feeling of a larger narrative. My work with the Tilted Axes mobile electric guitars project is another branch of this same aesthetic. Some times it asks: What is classical music? Is it an instrumentation or an intention? Is it as the venue it’s performed in or can it be found anywhere? Is it solely a technique or is it what we find beyond it if we know where to look? And yet other times the music aims to say as little as possible. It only asks you to listen with prejudice. One thing I have found to be common to all things “classical”, whether it’s traditional or it’s pushing the envelopes of genres: It seeks to elevate us all by pulling us into the present. Together. And if the composer is from Detroit, it’s also not unusual if it has a mean groove. — Patrick Grant

Final Phase DMA Voting closes on March 6th at 11:59pm.

www.detroitmusicawards.net

Tilted Axes: Reel To Real at the Ann Arbor Film Festival

Top row: Patrick Grant, Jeremy Nesse, Surar Al-Gaylani, Noel Marie Rivard
2nd row: Marco Delicato, Jeff Adams, Gael Grant, Dean Western
3rd row: Bob Kaufman, Sean Biggs, Manny Falcon, Alex Lahoski
4th row: Chris Simpson, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Rob Knevels, Mike Balavitch
Bottom row: Maggie McCabe, John Lovaas, Jocelyn Gonzales, Chris McGorey

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is commissioned to create 

“REEL TO REAL,” a series of three musical processions celebrating

The 60th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival

DEARBORN: The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Saturday, March 19, 12 noon – 2pm

DETROIT: The Marche Du Nain Rouge, Cass Corridor, Sunday, March 20, beginning at 1pm

ANN ARBOR: Opening Night of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm, Michigan Theater

To mark the opening of the 60th Annual Ann Arbor Film Festival, the festival has commissioned a series of musical processions from Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Tilted Axes: Reel To Real is named to mark our return to live events in 2022. The first event is a procession at The Henry Ford in conjunction with their current exhibit Apollo: When We Went To The Moon. The second is an appearance at The Marche Du Nain Rouge. The third event is the main attraction, the opening night of The Ann Arbor Film Festival. The performance will be based at The Michigan Theater and will travel around downtown as a prelude to the evening’s screenings.

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a group of guitarists and percussionists led by post-rock composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. Since their inception 10 years ago, they have created and performed numerous new music events in the USA, Europe, and Brazil. 

Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. The musicians learn a common repertoire created by diverse composers and rehearse it in workshops. Its performances are free to the public and are supported through institutional and/or private donations. 

The project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change community conversation. It is an apolitical organization, but it does support science, arts programs, and renewable energy whenever possible. Tilted Axes works best when it is part of something bigger than itself i.e. festivals, exhibitions, community initiatives, astronomical events.

* * * Go to Tilted Axes’ web site for procession details closer to the day of the events: www.tiltedaxes.com

TILTED AXES: REEL TO REAL performers electric guitars:  Jeff Adams, Mike Balavitch, Sean Biggs, Marco Delicato, Manny Falcon, Surar Al-Gaylani, Patrick Grant (music director), Bob Kaufman, Rob Knevels, Alex Lahoski, John Lovaas, Chris McGorey, Chris Simpson — bass instruments: Jeremy Nesse (chapman stick), Sarah Metivier Schadt, Dean Western (electric bass) — percussion: Noel Marie Rivard (snare leader), Maggie McCabe (high perc), Gael Grant (perc +) and more TBA — movement director: Christopher Caines — production: Jocelyn Gonzales, Melinda Faylor — performance support: Frank Pahl, Anthony Fremont, and others TBA

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a project of Peppergreen Media and is powered by Vox Amplification courtesy of KORG USA. We thank our performance partners The Ann Arbor Film Festival, The Henry Ford, The Marche Du Nain Rouge, Eastern Michigan University and AMP!, Detroit Guitar in Birmingham, and Grove Studios in Ypsilanti. 

#tiltedaxes — www.tiltedaxes.com — @tiltedaxes

RAIN DATE: Tilted@10, Sunday, Dec. 19, 12pm-3pm

Dear friends — Because there is no good news to found regarding the weather in NYC on Saturday, we have consolidated our Tilted@10 celebration into a single event.

It will take place at the regularly scheduled time on Sunday, December 19th at 12pm-3pm.

The procession route will encompass both the East and West Village. Details TBD.

We will begin at Alchemical Studios 104 W. 14th Street and go as far as our friends at Astor Place Hair Stylists and the Astor Place Alamo Cube and back again.

We regret any inconvenience, but the weather is what the weather does.

Keep an eye out for us if you’re in Lower Manhattan this Sunday!

Thank you all,
Patrick Grant & Tilted Axes

TILTED@10 – Two Weeks Away!

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars presents Tilted@10 — a solstice weekend of performances celebrating 10 years of Tilted Axes

These performances consist of two musical processions in Lower Manhattan, New York City

EAST VILLAGE – Saturday, December 18, 12pm to 3pm – beginning at Astor Place Hair Stylists, 2 Astor Place

WEST VILLAGE – Sunday, December 19, 12pm to 3pm – beginning at Alchemical Studios, 104 W 14th St.

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a group of guitarists and percussionists led by composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. Since their inception at the first annual Make Music Winter in NYC 10 years ago, they have created and performed numerous new music events in the USA, Europe, and Brazil.

Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. The musicians learn a common repertoire created by diverse composers and rehearse it in workshops. Its performances are free to the public and are supported through institutional and/or private donations. 

The project takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music. It takes music out into the world and seeks transformative situations meant to change community conversation. It is an apolitical organization, but it does support science, arts programs, and renewable energy whenever possible. Tilted Axes works best when it is part of something bigger than itself i.e. festivals, exhibitions, community initiatives, astronomical events.

These performances are part of Make Music Winter 2021 and include new music from core members Howie Kenty, Elisa Corona Aguilar, jc (Jon Clancy), and Patrick Grant. The movement direction is by Christopher Caines.

Go to Tilted Axes’ web site for detailed procession routes closer to the days of events: www.tiltedaxes.com

Tilted Axes: Tilted@10 performers — Gene Ardor, Angela Babin, Michael Fisher, Jason Goldstein, Patrick Grant (music director), John Halo, Howie Kenty (asst. music. director), Alex Lahoski, Anthony Mullin, Chad Ossman, Kevin Pfieffer, Sean Satin, Dmitri Shapira, Jeremy D Slater:  electric guitars — Jeremy Nesse: chapman stick — Dan Cooper, Alex Durante, Sarah Metivier Schadt: electric bass — Caitlin Cawley, jc (Jon Clancy), John Ferrari: percussion — Christopher Caines: movement director — Jocelyn Gonzales: media producer — Melinda Faylor: stage manager —  Emily MacMahon, David Demnitz, Pete M Wyer: performance support — Harry Scott: framing devices — Mari Gustafson & Vanessa Paulsen: standard bearers

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a project of Peppergreen Media and is powered by Vox Amplification & Blackstar Amps courtesy of KORG USA. We thank our performance partners Make Music New York, Astor Place Hairstylists, Alchemical Studios, The Village Alliance, and Two Boots Pizza. Our Tilted@10 anniversary season is made possible in part bythe New York State Council on the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The ASCAP Plus+ Awards, the NYU Tisch Adjunct Development Fund, but mostly through the generous support of the public.

The Tilted@10 graphic depicts the tin molecule and its alchemical symbol.  Tin is the traditional gift for 10th anniversaries.

#tiltedaxes — www.tiltedaxes.com — @tiltedaxes

TILTED@10 — End-Of-Year Fundraiser Launched

https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars/campaigns/4557

Tilted Axes performances and online content are always free to the public because of the support from team members like you. 

Our 2021-2022 Season includes new music from core members Howie KentyElisa Corona Aguilarjc (Jon Clancy), and Patrick Grant. The movement direction is by Christopher Caines.

Your contributions to Tilted Axes will help pay for the necessities that enable us to make music that is free for all to enjoy. Your donation helps to defray costs such as:

Honoraria (paying the artists and performers)
Professional Fees (recording engineers, accountants)
Administrative costs (advertising, marketing, staff, web site, data storage)
 
Please consider becoming a member of the Tilted Axes Team