Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars to premiere “Touchy Subjects,” video and music for the Summer Solstice June 20-21
On June 20-21, 2020, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will release new music (June 20) and an accompanying video (June 21) in observance of the Summer Solstice. The new work, entitled “Touchy Subjects“, is a musical meditation on the real phenomenon of “touch starvation” that many are experiencing since the onset of social distancing. “Touchy Subjects” will explore the tonalities of touch, or the ways in which we physically connect to the world we inhabit have changed.
An especially created Tilted Axes “Touchy Subjects” trailer will be aired Friday, June 19, on WABC-TV New York between 4-5pm EDT in a segment highlighting Make Music New York special projects. The segment will be shown throughout the weekend and in more than 6000 NYC taxicabs as part of WABC-TV’s Taxi TV in advance of our solstice premieres.
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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.
Tilted Axes “Touchy Subjects” and is made possible in part through the New York University Tisch School of the Arts Adjunct Professional Development Fund and through the generous donations of people like you. Won’t you consider becoming a part of our team and help us continue to provide free art and performance to the public? Go to our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas to find out more: https://fundraising.fracturedatlas.org/tilted-axes-music-for-mobile-electric-guitars
Originally printed in THE VILLAGER – December, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.”
“The public went nuts, in a good way!” Grant enthused. “We couldn’t be happier.”
As you consider your end-of-the-year giving, I hope that you’d consider supporting Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. All donations are tax deductible. You know that’s a deal. My aim is to rehearse a new group of musicians and to create new shows to perform for the people of NYC and new locations around the USA to be announced. Here is the link…
Part concert, part theater, and 100% live, of all of things I’ve created, this project has had the greatest resonance with any public it encounters.
As a HOLIDAY GIFT, here’s a link to listen to “Tiltinnabulation” created for the winter solstice >>> https://bit.ly/2BDpyvK
Please become a part of our team for 2019!
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Here are some photos from our recent Winter Solstice events:
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Here’s a slideshow from the first rehearsal of H20pus: Fluid Soundscapes for Multiple Composers, a special performance produced by Patrick Grant for Make Music New York taking place on Monday June 21, 2010 at Waterside Plaza, 23rd Street & The East River, from 7PM – 9PM.
In these photos from June 15: Composers Dan Cooper, Gene Pritsker, Joseph Pehrson, Kamala Sankaram & Patrick Grant with performers Kathleen Supove, Marija Ilic and Lynn Bechtold. Drummer/percussionist John Ferrari will join in beginning rehearsal No. 2.
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Pieces on the Program:
Lonely Ride Coney Island – Patrick Grant
Prudendurance Wet – Joseph Pehrson
Wading for Bait Man – Patrick Grant
Water Possessed 4- Gene Pritsker
Sounds of Sirens – Patrick Grant
Lucid Intervals – Patrick Grant
Deep Time 2- Gene Pritsker
Solstice Bells – Dan Cooper
Pilgrim – Kamala Sankaram
Fishbowl – Dan Cooper
Design – Dan Cooper