Tilted Axes Performs at the 27th Annual Concert of Colors

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

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TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS joins the 2019 Concert of Colors with two special musical processions.

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)

Fractured Atlas is our fiscal sponsor. Tilted Axes performances are performed and provided free to the public. Won’t you consider making a tax-deductible contribution today for our future presentations? Please visit their web site:

https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars/campaigns/2770

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A Tilted Tetralogy of Events

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The application for Tilted Axes: Concert of Colors, July 12-13 in Detroit, MI is open.

Here is the link to apply: https://forms.gle/QaUMZo7cQqNAmsqTA

The above application is for electric guitarists, electric bassists, percussionists and support crew to be a part of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars appearances at Metro Detroit’s 27th Annual Concert of Colors on July 12 and July 13.

On July 12th Tilted Axes performance highlight will be a musical procession around the cultural campus of The Michigan Science Center, The Charles H Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Institute of the Arts, and the Detroit Historical Society. The procession will take place approximately between 5:00-8:00pm

On July 13th Tilted Axes performance highlight will be two musical performances of “MOONWALK,” new music created for the 50th anniversary of the first crewed lunar landing along with other Tilted Axes repertoire. The performances will take place at 1:00pm and 3:00pm and encompass various points inside the museum with a visit to the planetarium as its centerpiece.

Participants are not required to be a part of the TILTED AXES: SPACE CAMP June 8-9 FREE workshops, but if you are new to the ensemble or wish to re-enforce your knowledge of the core repertoire and tilted techniques, it is not a bad to be a part of it if you are able. To apply, please go to this Google Form here: https://forms.gle/WaaFwJZthGFyqTFK7

Meanwhile, in New York City: Tilted Axes NYC has two peformances coming up in June:

Tilted Axes: Make Music Harlem (June 21) – This event is part of a block party on W 119 Street that’s being produced by Milica Paranosic’s organization Paracademia LLC. The event page is HERE. At 5:00pm we’ll be performing a procession to The Apollo Theater and back and will take the stage for a short set at 6:30pm.

Tilted Axes: Rubulad (June 29) – Rubulad is a community of artists, performers and entertainers based in Brooklyn, NY located at 389 Melrose Street. We begin ca. 9:00pm and will perform (perhaps) a foray into the nearby neighborhood, a procession through their garden, and a performance on and around their stage. Many other acts will be a part. It will be Pride Weekend all around, so expect a joyful scene.

For more details, maps, and information on how you can be a part of any these events, please go to our web page: http://tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html

All of our performances are given free to the public. These events would not be possible without our numerous co-producers and project donors. Won’t you consider making a tax deductible gift through our sponsor Fractured Atlas? Go to:

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

Tilted Axes thanks the organizations, collaborators, and sponsors that hold everything together: Vox Amps, KORG USA, Midtown Detroit, Alchemical Studios NYC, Brooklyn Battery Works, DIME (Detroit Institute of Music Education), The Concert of Colors, The Michigan Science Center, Paracademia Inc. and Peppergreen Media.

Thank you all,
Patrick Grant & Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

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Meet the performers and crew of Tilted Axes NYC Summer 2019 
click link > http://tiltedaxes.com/NYCSummer2019_artists.html

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Left to right, top to bottom: Gene Ardor, Angela Babin, Aileen Bunch, Jon Clancy, Dan Cooper, David Demnitz, David Tamura, Patrick Grant, John Ferrari, John Halo, John Lovaas, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Jeremy Nesse, Chad Ossman, Kevin Pfieffer, Sean Satin, Harry Scott, Jocelyn Gonzales

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is Relaunched in Detroit!


Third Man Records Cass Corridor, Detroit, MI, March 20th. Photo credit: Greg Siemasz


The Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Dearborn, MI, March 23th. Photocredit: Jocelyn Gonzales


The 10th Annual Marche Du Nain Rouge, Detroit, MI, March 24th. Photo credit: Jocelyn Gonzales

We achieved the three aims we set out to accomplish:

1. Relaunch the project (DIME Detroit, Third Man Records),
2. Create new partnerships (The Henry Ford, The Michigan Science Center), and
3. Renew our audience and public presence there (The Metro Times, The Detroit News, The Marche Du Nain Rouge).

Come back for more details regarding more of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars in Detroit soon. In the meantime, see more pics of our recent performance on our Instagram page.

A Very Moving Symphony with Strings and Bells

Originally printed in THE VILLAGER – December, 2018

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Angela Babin and other members of the “Tilted Axes” performance group jammed on electric guitars on “Cold Moon Consort” in Sasaki Garden at N.Y.U.’s Washington Square Village, between Bleecker and W. Third Sts. and Mercer St. and LaGuardia Place, before making their way to “The Cube” at Astor Place. Photos by Bob Krasner (L to R: Sean Satin, Angela Babin, Chad Ossman)

BY BOB KRASNER | If you feel the need to simplify composer Patrick Grant’s long-running “Tilted Axes” project, you could call it a marching band for electric guitars. But given the complexity of the compositions and the dedication of the musicians, that description falls way short.

The latest performance of Grant’s “Music for Mobile Electric Guitars” was realized by 24 musicians, including Grant, on the winter solstice, in the Sasaki Garden at Washington Square Village, “The Alamo” at Astor Place a.k.a. “The Cube” and the streets between.

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Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars – Cold Moon Consort (Patrick Grant center with, L to R, Chad Ossman, Michael Fisher, Sam Weisberg, Sean Satin, Dan Cooper, Howie Kenty).

The event was commissioned by Faculty Housing Happenings at New York University — where Grant is a professor — as part of “Make Music New York.” The confab featured music evenly divided between older pieces, structured improvisations and premieres written specifically for Friday night.

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Getting ready to move out from Sasaki Garden. (L to R: John Halo, Howie Kenty, Dylan Sparrow)

One of the new pieces, “Tiltinnabulation,” was written to include another Make Music group, “Bell By Bell.” According to Tom Peyton, the leader of that multigenerational group of bell ringers, they were notified that their path might cross with “Tilted Axes” and they were given the choice of avoiding each other or playing together.

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“Tilted Axes” performers playing their “axes” (blues lingo for guitars) while crossing Broadway on their way to “The Alamo” at Astor Place. (L to R: Gene Ardor, John Lovaas, Aileen Bunch, Jason Napier, Angela Babin)

Happily, they chose to do two numbers together at “The Cube” and the result was a perfect combo of chiming guitars and bells. Guitarist Angela Babin, a “Tilted Axes” veteran, called the collaboration “fabulous!”

“It was like a ‘West Side Story’ gang meet-up, with music and camaraderie and solstice celebration love,” she said.

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Composer Patrick Grant at “The Alamo” with his “Tilted Axes” performance group.

Carrying an electric guitar and an amp through the streets while playing somewhat complex music is a daunting task, but the participants found it more than worthwhile.

“The universal joy of the people we encountered on our parade route caused me to transcend the discomfort I felt at not being fully in command of the music, the weight on my back and shoulders,” David Demnitz said.

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Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars – Cold Moon Consort (front row seated L to R: Howie Kenty, Sarah Metivier Schadt, Jocelyn Gonzales, Jason Napier, Chad Ossman, Harry Scott, Sean Satin; middle row seated L to R: Sky Matthews, John Lovaas, Leslie Stevens, Patrick Grant, Robert Morton, Gene Ardor, Kevin Pfeiffer; back row standing L to R: Caitlin Cawley, Dan Cooper, Aileen Bunch, Sam Weisberg, Dylan Sparrow, Michael Fisher, John Halo, Angela Babin, David Demnitz, Reinaldo Perez, Jeremy Nesse, Jon Clancy)

Sam Weisberg voiced a similar sentiment, noting, “It’s a rush like no other. It was so worth the chronic right-shoulder pain!”

Grant made it through the balmy evening with a case of laryngitis that forced him to hoarsely whisper directions to bassist Sarah Metivier Schadt, who amply conveyed his instructions to the crew.

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“Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into their own sonic narratives. Since its inception, Grant has produced a number of Tilted Axes processions in various cities upon three continents.”

“There are many unforeseen elements that we could never have predicted,” Grant reflected. “We’re thinking on our feet, we’re performing live, we’re adjusting to the public in real time. Being there, mobile, right up against the public, brings out musical choices that we’d never come up with in rehearsal. There’s nothing like it.”

Onlookers concurred.

“The public went nuts, in a good way!” Grant enthused. “We couldn’t be happier.”

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Detroit Music Awards Nomination!

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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

Patrick Grant

https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/

https://www.detroitmusicawards.net/nominees

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James Moore: Strings and Things Podcast

The podcast goes unplugged this week! Our host, Patrick Grant is in the front parlor with James Moore of the Dither Guitar Quartet. We’ll find out how James made it from the San Francisco Bay Area to the new music scene here in New York. He’ll tell us about the strange playing techniques he uses on his recent album of  solo guitar music by John Zorn, and we’ll hear an exclusive rendition of a Chet Atkins ballad.

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Dither is an electric guitar quartet that includes James,  Taylor Levine, Joshua Lopes, and Gyan Riley. They specialize in an experimental mix of “composed music, improvisation, and electronic manipulation.”  They’ve performed across the United States and overseas since forming in 2007, and produce a yearly festival of music and art called Extravaganza!.

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As a multi-instrumentalist and composer, James juggles a number of musical projects aside from Dither, such as The Hands Free, an acoustic quartet, and a rock band called Forever House. He recently put out another album of violin and steel-string resonator guitar called Gertrudes, with Andie Springer. The pair formed their duo when they were on tour with playwright Richard Maxwell’s “Neutral Hero”.

The CD for James’ version of the guitar etudes by John Zorn called “Book of Heads” includes a film featuring the crazy techniques involved in the making of the album. Here’s a sample of what you’ll see on the DVD:

James Moore plays John Zorn: The Book of Heads, Etude 13 from steve taylor on Vimeo.

Find out more about James at his website: http://www.jamesmooreguitar.com/

Angela Babin: Strings and Things

 

On this episode of Strings and Things, Angela Babin drops by to work on a Melody Maker that hasn’t been out and about in years, while our host Patrick Grant restrings his studio-weary Les Paul. They’ll swap stories about the weirdest gigs they’ve played in New York City, and talk about how numbers and math inspire Angela’s current compositions. Then they’ll amp up for a special Strings and Things duet.

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Since picking up the electric guitar at 14 years old, over the years Angela’s performed in a wide range of venues, from Folk City and CBGBs, to BAM and the Berlin Jazz Festival. She entered the downtown New York music scene with the band Off Beach, and played guitar in the nine-piece experimental rock group The Ordinaires. The Ordinaires were compared to Philip Glass, Captain Beefheart, Henry Mancini, Husker Du and Stravinsky – all at the same time! You may remember their cover of “Kashmir” was all over MTV at the time:

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Angela performed with Homer Erotic, founded by poets Maggie Dubris and Barbara Barg, as well as the groups Alpha Cat, Inviolate, The Raging Hormones, and The Blacklite Orchestra. She’s currently playing guitar with the blues-based Gotham Roots Orchestra, formed by composer/producer Cristian Amigo.


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There’s a great blog post on the Prepared Guitar website where you can find out much more about Angela Babin and her work. Check it out!