“I’m very happy receive news that I have received a very generous Composers Commissions award from NYSCA to create new work for Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars as a project of Fractured Atlas. This means a lot more new music and performance in the 2021-2022 season! The group and I look forward to bringing this new work to the public ASAP. Thank you NYSCA, thank Fractured Atlas!” – Patrick Grant, creator and composer for Tilted Axes #gratitude #nysca #tiltedaxes #newmusic
Please join our team and support #TiltedAxes at 6:30pm EDT sharp tonight at the first #IgniteTheArts Livestream: http://www.facebook.com/events/558641044807196
If you could not attend this virtual telethon, you can support Tilted Axes directly via our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas. Thank you! https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars
#LongLiveTheArtist #Covid19 #Artists
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.
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
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Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Thank you everybody who have so far supported our upcoming 27th Annual Concert of Colorsperformances at the Michigan Science Center and the Detroit Institute of Arts. We just crossed the 50% mark toward our goal of $4500. Your tax-deductible support goes toward our dozen and a half musicians for their time and talent, the cost of our rehersal space, cartage, ads, and other essentials that enables us to bring our performances free of cost to the public.
The festival itself and our partner museums provide excellent opportunities for the group to offer transformative experiences that are free of charge to the Detroit community. Still, Tilted Axes is entirely self-funded and relies on your generous support to pay for its musicians, rehearsal space, and other administrative costs. Please consider joining our team and contribute to Detroit’s musical history!
This month will see the completion of a particular project that has long been a dream of mine: music for live ensemble in a planetarium. The idea is to engage the public in science through music and art. Thanks to the 27th Annual Concert of Colors, the Michigan Science Center, and the Detroit Institute of Arts, I’ve had the opportunity to develop new music for Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11’s lunar landing in a work titled, “MOONWALK.” My aim is to take this newly developed piece and similar work to other planetariums across the country in the months and years to come.
By becoming a co-producer of our event, you are eligible for all kinds of awards like CDs, T-Shirts, etc.
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Meet the performers and producers of Tilted Axes Detroit: Concert of Colors HERE
Tilted Axes is…
With the project is in its ninth year, its surprising to hear when some people find it unclear what Tilted Axes is or is not. Here’s a short list of 10 things that was created to point people in the right direction. Pardon the third person…
1. Tilted Axes is a musical project created by composer Patrick Grant.
2. Tilted Axes is a procession of electric guitarists who wear mini-amps.
3. Tilted Axes can perform anywhere there are people, excelling in untraditional venues.
4. Tilted Axes’ roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city.
5. Tilted Axes’ musicians learn a common repertoire created by PG and rehearse it in workshops.
6. Tilted Axes performances are free to the public and are supported through institutional and/or private donations.
7. Tilted Axes takes on aspects of spectacle informed by municipal band tradition, avant-garde theater, and world music.
8. Tilted Axes takes music out into the world and seeks transformative projects meant to change community conversation.
9. Tilted Axes is an apolitical organization, but it does support science, arts programs, and renewable energy whenever possible.
10. Tilted Axes works best when it is part of something bigger than itself i.e. festivals, exhibitions, community initiatives, astronomical events.
Every little will help create a new musical work that will resonate for a long time.
Thank you all for your time and consideration,
Patrick Grant & Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
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.
Thank you Detroit Music Awards 2018 for nominating my album “A Sequence Of Waves” for OUTSTANDING CLASSICAL RECORDING. An even bigger thanks to all of the musicians, artists, and engineers who helped create it.
If you or anybody you know is a member of the DMA Foundation, please vote! The award ceremonies will take place at The Fillmore Detroit on May 4th.
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
A Power Point presentation given to the International Conference of Science & the Arts, CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, New York City, October 30, 2010 on the transformation of “BIG BANG: for Live Ensemble & Multimedia” (2006) into the chamber opera “BIG BANG” (2011) by Patrick Grant.