Tilted Axes to premiere “Touchy Subjects,” music and video for the Summer Solstice

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Tilted Axes to premiere “Touchy Subjects,” music and video for the Summer Solstice

For Immediate Release

On June 20-21, 2020, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars  will release new music (June 20) and a video (June 21) in celebration 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.

Tilted Axes is an award-winning  project of post-rock composer and performer Patrick Grant, which brings specially 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. 

Since the pandemic, like so many other performing ensembles, the group has had to adapt to the current crisis. A number of large-scale performances were in the pre-production stage when Tilted Axes had to cancel rehearsals, postpone performances, and search for alternative outlets for their work. 

In April, the group released a video for the Earth Day 50 Virtual Kick-Off as a commission from 350NYC called “Climate S.O.S.” This exposed the ensemble to a diverse new audience and illuminated fresh opportunities to make an impact in this moment.

“For ‘Touchy Subjects’  the aim is to create something that relates to our universal situation and can be understood anytime anywhere, past, present, or future,” says creator Grant. “At the same time, we don’t want to create another Zoom-style video. We’re compiling images and video footage from our musicians and other collaborators and building a musical and visual narrative that encompasses the personal experiences we all share. Like  other works that I have produced which are  informed by real science (“Genome: The Autobiography of a Species”, “Moonwalk” for the Apollo 11 anniversary, etc.), we are consulting actual psychologists in the creation of this work. We are lucky that one of our Tilted Axes members is a doctor of psychology. We feel confident that, while we are certainly making art that is open to interpretation, that the sources of inspiration are informed and enlightened.”

For details about “Touchy Subjects” and the June 20-21 release info, please follow Tilted Axes on FacebookInstagram, or go to its web site: http://www.tiltedaxes.com

The work is being presented in conjunction with Make Music New York and Make Music Day

 

“Our Courageous Workers” – a city-wide fanfare April 29th NYC

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For Our Courageous Workers” – a New York City-wide fanfare April 29th at 7:00 pm

#TiltedAxes is honored to be a co-sponsor of a massive, city-wide music performance of “For Our Courageous Workers” to be played on Wednesday, April 29, at the 7pm ‘cheer honoring our front-line workers.’

From Tenth Intervention: “Our goal is to have over a thousand participants — musicians of every level and all the people of New York City — perform the symphonic fanfare “For Our Courageous Workers” across the city. Everyone is welcome to participate. There are parts for all: musicians of any and every level — beginners, young musicians, amateurs, and professionals; on voices, strings, brass, winds, keyboards, drums — as well as all the people of the city making noise, singing, and banging on pots and pans.

Please help us spread the word today! Share this flyer with your mailing list and social media. Together we can realize this grand project as a way of both bringing the city together and honoring those who are risking their health for all of us.

Co-sponsors to date include Make Music New York, City Winery, Kaufman Music Center, The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, DROM NYC, Greenwich House Music School, Tenth Intervention, HONK NYC, Sing In Solidarity, Galinsky Coaching, Seth Rogovoy Productions, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, GOH Productions, Jazz Promo Services/ Jim Eigo, Slavic Soul Party!, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Yiddish New York, Arturo O’Farrill & the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra; and are being updated regularly.”

For more information, detailed instructions, and a downloadable score that does not require the ability to read music, go to http://www.tenthintervention.com/workers

#playbecausewecare

Earth Day Video “Tilted Axes: Climate S.O.S.”

Tilted Axes: Climate S.O.S.

performed by Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
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presented and commissioned by 350NYC
350nyc.org

DISCLAIMER: This video is intended for educational purposes only and is not to be duplicated, broadcast, nor is it for any commercial use. The images and music contained herein are presented under the statutes of Fair Use (USA), Fair Dealing (UK), in all applicable territories, and are credited accordingly. Our aim is to educate, inform, and inspire the people of our planet to participate in climate change activism while we can still make a difference.

created for the Earth Day 2020
#EarthDay #EarthDay50

composed and produced by Patrick Grant

Electric Guitars:
Patrick Grant, Daniel Reyes Llinas, John Halo, Matt Grossman

Chapman Stick:
Jeremy Nesse

Electric Bass:
Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant

Drums & Percussion:
John Ferrari, Cesare Papetti

Produced by Patrick Grant
Mixing engineer: Garry Rindfuss
Mastered by Sheldon Steiger

© 2016-2020 Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)

 

Music for “Coastal Requiem” a short film by Diane Tuft

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For its 50th Anniversary, Earth Day 2020 will be a worldwide 24-hour virtual event. ‘COASTAL REQUIEM‘, a short film by Diane Tuft, will be premiered at some point between 12:00PM and 2:00PM EDT.

Patrick Grant created the sound design and score for this film, inspired by classical music, and performed by the brilliant cellist Sterling Elliott.

Tune in Wednesday, April 22nd for this and other digital events at www.earthday.org. #earthday #earthday50 

New Video Premiere for Earth Day 50 Virtual Kick-Off

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Coming to video for Earth Week 2020: a new video from Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars commissioned by 350 NYC to be premiered as part of the March for Science NYC/Earth Day Initiative’s EARTH DAY 50 Virtual Kick-Off on Sunday, April 19th.

“Our aim is to convince the media to carry more climate science in their content!”
Stay tuned for more information: https://www.marchforsciencenyc.com

#EarthDay50 @earthdaynewyork @sciencemarchnyc @marchforscience #ClimateAction #ClimateStrike #DigitalStrike