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.

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 its fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas and with support from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts Adjunct Development Fund.

POSTPONED!!! Ignite the Arts Livestream

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AN IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

ABOUT THE IGNITE THE ARTS LIVESTREAM

Dear Friends,

We want to begin by acknowledging that this has been a difficult two weeks for many, our team included. We hope you are well and safe.

We’ve made the decision to postpone this week’s telethon.

We chose the date for this event prior to the start of worldwide protests seeking justice for the murders of George Floyd, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor, to name but a few of the most recent victims of white supremacy and police violence in our nation. These protests have accomplished an incredible amount in a short time, and it is our fervent wish that the progress continues unabated when so much still needs to be done.

We believe that proceeding with the telethon as planned would be out of step with what the present moment requires. Attempting to generate attention for this event when it is needed elsewhere would be antithetical to our commitment to opposing racism and oppression.

We also acknowledge that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the lives and livelihoods of artists, disproportionately affecting communities of color. Until we can produce a fully-fledged telethon at an appropriate time, we still want to amplify the work of our artists by sharing it with our larger network.

Specifically, if you’re using your platform as an artist to dismantle white supremacy and advance the goals of the Black Lives Matter movement, we would like to feature your work on social media and/or in our blog. Please complete this brief survey to quickly let us know about your antiracism work as an artist. We’ll be in touch if and when there is an opportunity to feature your project.

Rest assured, we still plan to produce this telethon event (and others like it) with your fiscally-sponsored project featured in the lineup. If you’ve already started spreading the word about this telethon and invited folks to our Facebook event, you have our thanks, not only for promoting the event but also for understanding the need to disrupt the plan. You can share this announcement with your audiences via the URL below.

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We’ll be in touch soon with more info and rescheduled dates. Thank you for again for your flexibility and understanding.

Sincerely,

The Team at Fractured Atlas