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
THANK YOU to everyone who recently joined us as co-producers and to those continuing supporters who helped us reach 100% of our Musicians Fund goal. The fund is still open and there’s plenty of rewards to be had (T-shirts, CDs, etc.), but now we can say that we are definitely on our way to the moon. ALL SYSTEMS GO! Please join our team: https://bit.ly/2ZSBN29
On Friday, July 12 between 5:30pm-7:30pm, Tilted Axes presents “PROMENADE”, which begins at the Charles H. Wright Museum and makes its way through the Detroit Institute of Arts before returning to the Wright.
On Saturday, July 13 at 1:00pm and 3:30pm, Tilted Axes premieres “MOONWALK”, a new work in collaboration with The Michigan Science Center. The piece commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, the first manned space mission to land on the moon.
10. Tilted Axes is a musical project created by composer Patrick Grant.
09. Tilted Axes is a procession of electric guitarists who wear mini-amps.
08. Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues.
07. Tilted Axes’ roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city.
06. Tilted Axes’ musicians learn a common repertoire created by PG and rehearse it in workshops.
05. Tilted Axes performances are free to the public and are supported through institutional and/or private donations.
04. Tilted Axes takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music.
03. Tilted Axes takes music out into the world and seeks transformative projects meant to change community conversation.
02. Tilted Axes is an apolitical organization, but it does support science, arts programs, and renewable energy whenever possible.
01. Tilted Axes works best when it is part of something bigger than itself i.e. festivals, exhibitions, community initiatives, astronomical events.
Produced by: Patrick Grant & Peppergreen Media
Presented in partnership with The Michigan Science Center (Carole Wrubel, Paulette Epstein, Julia Lynn Marsh), The Detroit Institute of Arts (Larry Baranski), The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Charles Ferrell), Midtown Detroit Inc. (Susan T. Mosey) and The Concert of Colors (Ismael Ahmed).
Sponsors and Supporters: Vox Amps & Korg USA (amps), DIME Detroit Institute of Music Education (rehearsal space), Brooklyn Battery Works, Tan’s Club (bandanas), Fractured Atlas (fiscal sponsorship)
Electric Guitars: Adam Bodeep, Alex Lahoski, Chris Simpson, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Eugene Strobe, James Keith La Croix, Jeff Georgas, John Lovaas, Jude Closson, Manny Falcon, Pacal Zelaya, Patrick Grant, Rick Matle, Rob Knevels Baritone Ukelele: Frank Pahl Electric Bass: Tim Taebel Percussion: Skeeto Valdez, Gael Grant Associate Producer: Jocelyn Gonzales Stage Manager: Julia Lynn Marsh Tilting AAD: Jeff Adams, Sarah Metivier Schadt
Co-producers and Tilted Team Members: In Honor of Patricia E. McKenna, Julia Knevels, Maria Bacardi, Stanley Stairs, Richard Wise, Leslie Stevens, David Greig, Detroit Guitar (Eric and Tracey Wolfe), Jeff Georgas, Erik Grant, Alex Lahoski, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Susan Montgomery, Sean & Laura Biggs, Paracademia NYC (Milica Paranosic), Mary Beth Abel, Jeremy Nesse, Alchemical Studios NYC (Carlo Altomare), Tracy Seneca, In Honor of Helen Keene McKenna, Deborah Calvert, Gael Grant, Jason Kanter, Daniel Grant, Alexander Baxter, Lana Durante, In Honor of Herman and Elizabeth Keene, Aileen Bunch, Aaron Alter, Andrew McKenna Lee, Frank Brickle, Michael Fisher, Craig Grant, Michael McKenna, Jeff Broder, Steve Ball, Richard Sylvarnes, Manny Falcon, Erin Leen, Greg Meredith, Gene Ardor, Chris & Sari at Rubulad, and anonymous donors.
We would like to thank: Ralph Valdez, Lana Mini (Marx & Layne), Neal Cortright at DIME, “Showtime Dan” Tatarian, Third Man Records Cass Corridor (David Buick, Roe Peterhans), The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation (Cynthia Jones), The Marche Du Nain Rouge, Rob St. Mary, WDET 101.9 FM, The Metro Times, Robert Fripp and all guitar circles past, present, and future, and to our numerous standard bearers, satellites, and extended family around the world who, in these uncertain times, focus on doing what’s possible (plus 10%).
All music © Patrick Grant & Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)
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Adam Bodeep (electric guitar) attends Wayne State for Jazz Guitar and has been a multi-instrumentalist for over 15 years. He has provided private (and online) guitar / music theory lessons for several years. He prides himself in his ability to play all types of music from classical to jazz to rock ‘n’ roll. Adam has performed at Saint Andrews Hall as well as many other well-respected venues. He has a Facebook and YouTube channel where several players of all ages commend him for the work he has put into free transcriptions and lessons.
Alex Lahoski (electric guitar) began playing guitar in the summer of 1984 after purchasing an old acoustic guitar from a friend at summer camp. Playing became a practice in April of 2000, after his first Guitar Craft course. He has participated in Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle projects in the United States, Mexico, and Italy as well as Music For Contemplation and Making Music Together in New York and the Detroit area. Alex lives and works in Connecticut.
Christopher Simpson (electric guitar) is currently attending Wayne State University for a Bachelor Degree in Music for Music Business. His main concentration and principal instrument is jazz guitar. Chris privately teaches students and gigs in the Metro Detroit Area. Along with playing the guitar, Chris also plays the trombone and piano.
Daniel Reyes Llinas (electric guitar) began at 10 years old as a self-taught guitarist in his native Bogota, Colombia and went on to study classical guitar, new music, and Latin American composers. In 2002 he moved to NYC, collaborating with Bang on a Can, Brooklyn’s Ze Couch, and Taylor Mac. He has played/toured with the Parias Ensemble, Robert Fripp and The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists, The League of Crafty Guitarists, The Berlin Guitar Ensemble, and Tilted Axes. He recently released his second solo album “En Remolinos.” Daniel is resident composer of Teatro Escarlata (Medellin) and is scoring Dylan Verrechia’s feature film “La Pura Vida” (2020).
Eugene Strobe (electric guitar) is a Detroit area musician who has been wielding sonic guitars in bands such as his own psych-pop power trio, Cosmic Light Shapes, dark groove generators The Witches, and the angular & obtuse Vehicles Invisible. Strobe has had his hand in many projects in town, such as sonic sound experiments via the Practice!Amp Collective. He teaches private & group lessons on many instruments, and provides band coaching services under the Music & Arts Creativity Camp. He has also organized the annual Hamtramck Music Fest, as well as other audio visual ‘happenings’ & productions.
Frank Pahl (baritone ukelele) The music of Frank Pahl appears on over 100 recordings ranging from toypop to jazz. For the past thirty years he has survived on writing music for theater, film, and dance and he is a Kresge Fellow in Sound Art. His current groups are Little Bang Theory (toypop), Scavenger Quartet (jazz-ish) and The Lovely and the Wretched (chamber). His passion for the last 10 years has been accompanying silent films with Little Bang Theory.
Gael Grant (percussion) has been involved with Tilted Axes since 2013: twice as Tilt Manager and thrice as a drummer. All in all, this will be her fourth time tilting in Detroit. She has played multiple instruments since she was very young and has been an active participant with musicians. “Nothing compares to the element of surprise with music and I look forward to more surprises.” And the beat goes on…
James Keith La Croix (electric guitar) “Diverse” describes writer, musician, sound engineer, and multimedia artist James Keith La Croix’s background and career. Raised in a household where the record changer was eclectically stacked, he studied guitar and later picked up bass and drums which he’s played in a variety of bands in New York City, Sweden, and his home town, Detroit. He studied recording engineering and went on to record artists from Afrika Bambaataa to Zeena Parkins before touring the world as the instrument tech for Stanley Jordan. James is a published writer and his multimedia pieces have been shown in juried art exhibitions.
Jeff Georgas (electric guitar) is a Canadian Engineer who lives in Brighton Michigan. His interests are rooted in 60s and 70s rock. He is currently writing folk music relevant to surviving the corporate grind.
Jocelyn Gonzales (associate producer) is Executive Producer of the Peabody Award-winning radio show and podcast, Studio 360 from PRI/PRX and Slate. She’s a producer, engineer, and editor for public radio, audio publishing and podcasting. At The NY Times, she produced the weekly Popcast, Book Review, and Times Insider podcasts. She produced The Mash-Up Americans podcast at American Public Media, the science and medicine podcast Signal, and she is a sound designer for How It Is, a podcast from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine. She taught sound design for film, TV and new media at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for nearly 14 years.
John Lovaas (electric guitar) John’s interest in guitar began in 1978; playing became practice in 2007, after his first Guitar Craft course. He participated in Guitar Craft and Guitar Circle projects in the United States, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and Italy. He has participated in a number of past Tilted Axes projects in Detroit and New York. He lives and works in Woodstock, Illinois.
Jude Closson (electric guitar) plays drums and guitar and has been working with bands in the Detroit area for over three decades. Jude started as a drummer and has worked with many groups ranging from early New Wave and Punk groups to the present day Celtic Rock group Bill Grogan’s Goat. As a guitarist he has worked with a variety of rock and folk acts and is presently playing in the traditional Celtic group Seacht.
Julia Lynn Marsh (stage manager) is a writer, performer, and comedian working in Detroit and New York City. She has worked in many theatrical capacities for companies such as The Ringwald Theatre, The Detroit Opera House, The Matrix Theater, and Theater Row. She has a deep love for astronomy as well as for the marriage of art and science.
Manny Falcon (electric guitar) was born in NYC and exposed to music from birth by 3 older sisters; former lead guitar/vocals Scarlet-Fire; 9 years with BoxLunch. Moved to Detroit area to assist elderly parent, and found his niche playing music for residents at nursing homes/rehab centers, specializing in the Blues and Rags of the late 1920s. Having graduated in Anthropology/Archaeology, the former co-owner of Doc Audio Video also plays sitar, oud, balalaika and mandolins et al.
Pacal Zelaya (electric guitar) has been a life long guitarist and resident in Detroit. Having been taught by his father, his earliest memories involve playing guitars and learning music. He has roots in blues, punk rock, metal, and jazz. He has been a part of several bands in his adolescence and now enjoys playing lead guitar in his original metal band Burning Society.
Patrick Grant (electric guitar) is a Detroit-born composer living and working in New York City. His works are a synthesis of classical, popular, and world musical styles that have found place in concert halls, film, theater, dance, and visual media internationally. His music moves from post-rock and classically bent post-minimal styles, through Balinese-inspired gamelan and microtonality, to ambient, electronic soundscapes involving many layers of acoustic and electronically amplified instruments. He is the creator of International Strange Music Day (August 24) and is the inventor of the electric guitar procession.
Rick Matle (electric guitar) Influenced in his formative years by classic rock artists Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Santana. Jazz greats Kenny Burrell and Pat Metheny would be an influence as Rick studied guitar and composition at Oakland University, graduating in 1986. In 1999 the Detroit Music Awards recognized him as “Outstanding Jazz Composer.” Rick has released two solo recordings, Ears Wide Shut and Windows of the World featuring rock, Brazilian, and Middle Eastern influences. Following the release of Windows of the World, Rick was chosen by the Detroit Music Awards as “Outstanding World Music Composer” in 2006 and 2007.
Rob Knevels (electric guitar & production) was born a Metro Detroiter in the spring of 1972. Since then he has joyously participated in many musical happenings and with many outfits. Robert has been lucky enough to become a lifetime ambassador to Kelley Stoltz and His Band, surviving several semi-world tours with Stoltz and his comrades. He loves sports, and plays a variety of musical instruments and practices everyday.
Skeeto Valdez (groove leader) has been called a “force of nature!” – a “diesel truck, rollin down the rhythm freeway!” – and for many years simply referred to as “Skeetosis!” He had an idea to create a forum to jam with his many musical friends and dubbed it The Mighty Funhouse with the simple premise of having a ball while playing great music. The name of the band has since changed to The Valdez Collective. ~ PS: He be winnin awards and sheet! ~ PPS Jr.: Pay no attention to any of this nonsense!!!
Tim Taebel (electric bass) is a Detroit-area based musician who has been active in the dive-bar scene for more years than he wants to think about. Current bands include Twitch, Eastside Elvis & the Motor City Mafia and the improvisational outfits: NoiseLabA & Noi Selab X. Primarily a bassist, Tim has been known to pick up the occasional guitar, trumpet, euphonium or modular synthesizer – primarily to annoy the neighbors.
new recordings + bonus tracks
1. Keeping Still
extended percussion quintet
2. Fields Amaze
homemade gamelan and microtonal keyboard
3. A Visible Track of Turbulence 1
flute, clarinet, and piano 4-hands
4. Everything Distinct: Everything the Same
three keyboards in Gb just intonation and three percussion
5. A Visible Track of Turbulence 2
flute, clarinet, and piano 4-hands
6. Imaginary Horror Film 1
chamber prog ensemble
7. The Weights of Numbers
aka Fractured Fictions
three keyboards and drums
8. Imaginary Horror Film 2
chamber prog ensemble
9. If One Should Happen to Fall
six words vs. thesaurus
“…a driving and rather harsh energy redolent of rock, as well as a clean sense of melodicism … the music’s momentum and intricate cross-rhythms rarely let up, making the occasional infectious tunes that emerge all the more beautiful for surprise.” – The Village Voice
Patrick Grant: piano, keyboards, electric guitars, gamelan, percussion – Kathleen Supove & Marija Ilic: keyboards – John Ferrari: drums & percussion – Barbara Benary: additional gamelan – David Simons: Balinese percussion & theremin – Keith Bonner: flute – Thomas P. Oberle: clarinet – Darryl Gregory: trombone – Martha Mooke: viola – Maxine Neumann: cello – Mark Steven Brooks: electric bass – Alexandra Montano: vocalise – Lisa Karrer: lead vocal on If One Should Happen to Fall.
All 2018 production, overdubs, revisions, and new stems recorded at Peppergreen Media, NYC and The Ferrari Factory, NJ. Mixed at Mercy Sound Studios, NYC – Garry Rindfuss: mixing engineer – Sheldon Steiger: album mastering – Patrick Grant: producer
All music © 1997-2018 Patrick Grant and published by Peppergreen Media (ASCAP). This album ℗ 2018. All rights reserved.
Cover photo Cuming Co. Supercell, June 14, 2013 taken by Dave Rebot and used with permission. Album artwork, layout, and design by Eric Iverson. Peppergreen Media logo by Steve Ball. CD image collage created from Elément bleu XII, 1967 by Jean Dubuffet, photo credit: sTRANGE Music Inc.
Thanks and acknowledgements: The Braunschweig Family, Coudert Brothers, Bank Julius Baer, Matthews Panariello P.C., Chris LaBarbiera, Patricia McKenna, Context Studios, Music Under Construction, Philip Glass, Kurt Munkacsi, Jed Distler & Composers Collaborative Inc., Music for Homemade Instruments, Erik Satie, Kyle Gann & The Village Voice, The Bang on a Can Marathon, Stéphane Martin and the musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, The Ross Institute, The Knitting Factory, Patrick Grant Group, I Wayan Lantir, STSI/ISI Denpasar, Gamelan Son of Lion, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Johnny Reinhard & The American Festival of Microtonal Music, The Fractal Music Lab, James Gleick author of Chaos: Making a New Science, The Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Harvey Lichtenstein, The Mark Morris Dance Group, The Prix de Lausanne, Exploding Music, The Living Theatre, Kalvos & Damien’s New Music Bazaar, Annina Nosei Gallery, John Schaefer, WNYC’s New Sounds, Ralph Valdez, WDET Radio, James Moore & Independent Music Promotions Inc., Jocelyn Gonzales, The NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Roget’s Thesaurus.
“The NYC-based composer and performer Patrick Grant has had a long and gleaming career that continues on with his newest release, A Sequence of Waves (Twelve Stories and a Dream). The album is a refined collection of genre-bending and experimental tracks that many critics struggle to pin down. Stumbling into post-minimalism, modern classical, prog rock, and post-rock territory, the album wears many masks. And for good reason, given Grant’s accomplished background.”
Read the interview in It’s Psychedelic Magazine Baby HERE