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

Five Weeks Away in NYC: TILTED@10

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.

Check back for detailed procession routes closer to the dates of events.

Tilted Axes: Tilted@10 performers — Gene Ardor, Angela Babin, David Demnitz, 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: 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, and The Village Alliance. Our Tilted@10 anniversary season is made possible in part by the 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 — http://www.tiltedaxes.com — @tiltedaxes

TILTED AXES: STANDING STILL — Make Music Winter 12/21

PRESS RELEASE

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars presents
Standing Still — a participatory winter solstice event on
Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 10:59am EST, in Herald Square, NYC

This performance is part of Make Music Winter NYC, presented with the 34th Street Partnership,
and celebrates Tilted@10 – Tilted Axes’ 10th Anniversary

OPEN CALL: Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars presents a participatory winter solstice event at the exact minute winter begins in NYC: 10:59am EST, Tuesday, December 21 in Herald Square (Avenue of the Americas between 34th and 35th Streets.). We would like to invite you to be a part of this special occasion!

INSTRUMENTS: If you have an instrument that you can play while mobile, we would love to have you join us for a joyous ringing of tones and chords and rhythm. For example: acoustic guitars, accordions, glockenspiels, saxophones, dumbeks, melodicas, violins, etc. etc. etc.

A SOLSTICE GIFT FOR 10 ELECTRIC GUITARISTS: Tilted Axes has 10 small, yet powerful, mini-amps that we have acquired throughout our 10-year history. If you’re eligible, we would like to give them to you to use for the performance — and you can keep them afterwards! If you are an electric guitarist and need a little amplification, we can set you up if you apply early. It’s a holiday miracle!

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION: On Tuesday, December 21 at 10:00am event performers that have been accepted via internet application will assemble with members of Tilted Axes at a location near Herald Square. Performers will have received a PDF of simple performance instructions and musical figures to be played (w/ notation, TAB, etc.). After a short practice and an explanation of our processional movement, we will begin the performance of Standing Still ca. 10:45. Performing as a procession, we will go into Herald Square to perform.

THE SOLSTICE IS AT 10:59 AM: This moment will be marked by the ringing of a bell and accompanied by the ensemble as a performative minute. Details TBA. The bell will ring again and the procession will resume and work its way back out of the square to where we began and complete the performance. ​​The event will finish by 11:15am.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN PERFORMING WITH US: Send an email to tiltedaxes@peppergreenmedia.com by December 15th and you will receive further information to register. You must register to be a part of this event.

WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MAKING MUSIC WITH YOU THIS WINTER SOLSTICE!

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a group of guitarists and percussionists created 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. It’s conceptual and it rocks.

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 and the 34th Street Partnership. Our Tilted@10 anniversary season is made possible in part by the 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: Unlikely Characters — Oct. 23

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is one of the many spectacular bands that will be performing in the HONK NYC! 2021 Festival.

“For the Honk NYC procession, Tilted Axes is performing “Unlikely Characters,” a piece especially created for HONK NYC!. The title comes from the Robert Fripp quote: “Music so wishes to be heard that it sometimes calls upon unlikely characters to give it voice and to give it ears.”

We hope you join us from October 18 to 24 to see all of the “Unlikely Characters” that will be performing all across New York City.

HONK NYC! is a donation based volunteer-run organization, and each dollar pledged helps to fund and organize incredible community events for all music lovers. Please go to our kickstarter link (in our bio and comments) to contribute now to our 2021 campaign to support incredible performances like these.” 

#tiltedaxes

Tilted Axes: FABRICATION — Oct. 10

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will present a new performance procession entitled Fabrication in partnership with Theaterlab in NYC’s Garment District. Tilted Axes is a group of guitarists and percussionists lead by classically trained post-rocker Patrick Grant. They perform original music untethered via mini-amps strapped over their shoulders. This event is part of Tilted@10 celebrating Tilted Axes 10th anniversary season. The performance begins at Theaterlab, 357 W 36th in NYC, and will stop along the way at various landmarks to perform special compositions significant to that location. The performance is free to the public and can be joined at any point along the route. They will eventually bring the procession full circle, returning to Theaterlab to complete the performance. Afterward the public can join Tilted Axes for a meet and greet in Theaterlab’s performance space and find out more about their work. Procession route TBA. 

Read the complete press release HERE.