26 AUG 15
AMSTERDAM FRINGE FESTIVAL - SEPT. 6-10
AMSTERDAM FRINGE FESTIVAL
September 6-7, 9-10
I AM AN OPERA
written & performed by Joseph Keckler
directed by Uwe Mengel
with musical arrangements by
Patrick Grant & Dan Bartfield
For venues, times, & tickets, go to:
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25 AUG 15
And So It Was...
... INTERNATIONAL STRANGE MUSIC DAY 2015. Thanks to everybody who set aside some time yesterday to expand their aural horizons, to point out new music worth our attention, and to all those who took the initiative to create new things for us to listen to. From all over. I myself have been sent enough tracks and links to keep me busy catching up for a year. I'll do so happily with a curious ear. Onward and into the world!
#InternationalStrangeMusicDay #StrangeMusicDay #StrangeMusic
24 AUG 2015
International sTRANGE mUSIC Day, August 24, 2015
this year dedicated to children (young and old)
Greetings People of Earth,
It's been 17 years since I first flew the Strange Music banner during our inaugural concert at the Knitting Factory in New York City. Since then, 'Strange Music' has become many things: a record label, concert series, a social irritant, but most famously, a day to stretch one's ears by either listening to or playing music that is new to you. It's all relative.
Since this holiday observance came into existence during an otherwise holiday-less month, it's actually been picked up by a number of small organizations around the world: a blog here and there, a growing throng of adventurous radio stations, but mostly by a number of summer school programs searching for a creative way to occupy idle hands and ears. An internet search will turn up pages and pages of such schools.
I urge you to spend a moment with your young ones and blow their little minds with something exceptionally challenging to listen to, especially if you do not normally do so. If there are some instruments around, make up a song for the day. If not, make an instrument from stuff you have in the house.
A small gesture such as this would provide memories lasting a lifetime. The evidence of the benefits of engaging children in music has filled volumes. No reason to keep it simple: the stranger the better. Young ears have no prejudice.
You say that you don't have any kids around?
Then do it for yourself.
It will keep you young.
01 AUG 15
TILTED AXES: SÃO PAULO
TILTED AXES: SÃO PAULO - Now it's official and can be announced: The 3rd Música Estranha – International Exploratory Music Festival, to be held in São Paulo, Brazil, from 25th to 29th of November 2015, has invited Tilted Axes to create a series of events for their city. Exactly how it will manifest itself is still in development (there's much work to do) but, it's very exciting to think of how things will sound with Brazilian musicians added into the post-progressive mix. Very.
More iNFO TBA
31 JUL 15
TILTED AXES TO PERFORM IN NYC's VILLAGE HALLOWEEN PARADE OCT. 31st
"Monster Riffs & Creepy Chords"
New York's Village Halloween Parade is an annual holiday parade and street pageant presented on the night of every Halloween in New York City's Greenwich Village. Stretching more than a mile, this cultural event draws two million in-person spectators, more than sixty thousand costumed participants, dancers, artists and circus performers, dozens of floats bearing live bands and other musical and performing acts, and a world-wide television audience of one hundred million. The Village Halloween Parade, initiated in 1974 by Greenwich Village puppeteer and mask maker Ralph Lee, is the world's largest Halloween parade and the only major nighttime parade in the United States.
Among the parade's signature features are its pageant sized puppets — giant rod puppets "articulated" by teams of puppeteers — and its open participation to anyone in a costume who wishes to march. It has been called "New York's Carnival." Although the parade is currently not as informal and wild as it was in its earliest years, it is in effect still an alternative festival.
The parade has been featured in many national magazines and travel guides, and has been a subject of study by leading cultural anthropologists. According to The New York Times, "the Halloween Parade is the best entertainment the people of this City ever give the people of this City." "Absolutely anything goes," says USA Today. "Be prepared to drop your jaw."
More iNFO to come at: https://www.halloween-nyc.com/
19 JUL 15
TILTED AXES @ CONCERT OF COLORS IN THE PRESS
Here's a collection of some of the press and photo coverage that came out of it (videos & recordings asap):
FLICKR Photos - TILTED AXES @ Concert of Colors - photos are all downloadable - credit: Jocelyn Gonzales
Dress Rehearsal in the Funk Lab at United Sound: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157653692200003
CofC - Tilt 1 - July 11: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157653722014784
CofC - Tilt 2 - July 12: https://www.flickr.com/photos/kimba2/sets/72157656035775272
IXITI - The Experience Engine - Interview with PG of Tilted Axes
DETROIT FREE PRESS - Coverage of the Concert of Colors w/ Tilted photos:
OAKLAND PRESS - Revue of Don Was' All-Star Revue w/ Walk Thru Walls (members of Tilted Axes)
The adventure continues. With the completion of our this project, we are already planning the next events for the 2015-2016 in the USA and abroad.
Thanks again to everyone who made this recent work possible and a reality. Count on us moving forward and hoping to see you at our next Tilt.
We can be anywhere!
TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
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11 JUL 15
POLYMETRIC PATTERNS No. 10
POLYMETRIC PATTERNS is a piece whose intention is to be a form of kinetic audio sculpture. Nothing much changes on the surface but the layers can run deep. On our Saturday Tilt we "installed" ourselves in front of Orchestra Hall as one of the stops on our procession thru the Concert of Colors' venues. This is what happened. (video from Jocelyn Gonzales) P.S. - Check out the street dancer and penny whistle obbligato ca. 2:20.
01 JUL 15
TILTED AXES ROSTER ANNOUNCED FOR 2015 CONCERT OF COLORS
On July 11, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will be performing and processing in the vicinity of the Wolverine Outdoor Stage from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. At approximately 6:45 pm, Tilted Axes will take the stage to officially premiere one of the new pieces commissioned by the Concert of Colors 2015.
On July 12, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars will be performing and processing in the vicinity of the Wolverine Stage from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. A special finale is being planned for somewhere in the neighborhood.
COMPOSER & DIRECTOR: Patrick Grant
GUITAR: Jeff Adams, Sean Biggs, Aileen Bunch (Philadelphia), Jude Closson, James Keith La Croix, Erik Grant, Eric Iverson, Bob Kaufman, Rob Knevels, John Lovaas (Chicago), James McGlinnen, Chris McGorey
BASS: Dean Western, Sarah Metevier Schadt (Chicago)
PERCUSSION: Skeeto Valdez (groove leader), Gael Grant, Jocelyn Gonzales (NYC)
TILT MANAGER & FRAMING DEVICES: Beth Landry
STANDARD BEARERS: Irina Goldman, TBA
SATELLITES: Emma McGlinnen, Diane McGorey
TILTMOBILE: Sally Omally Schroeder
Click Here for Performer Bios
Complete iNFO HERE
17 JUN 15
TILTED AXES & FRACTURED ATLAS
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars @ The Concert of Colors has been approved for 501(c)3 not-for-profit fiscal sponsorship through Fractured Atlas (how fitting). All contributions will now be tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Today marks the beginning of a new level for the project within the USA.
Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is a sponsored project of FRACTURED ATLAS, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Individuals may donate by credit card at the following link: DONATE
16 JUN 15
PROGRAM GRANT AWARDED
GAMA, the Guitar Accessories & Manufacturing Association & Discover Guitar, has awarded a Program Grant to Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars for its participation in this year's Concert of Colors in Detroit. That's much appreciated recognition & financial support. Thank you!
15 JUN 15
THE GUITAR CIRCLE - B&I ORCHESTRA - Directed by Robert Fripp - Hope, NJ - June 13, 2015
09 MAY 15
TILTED AXES to Perform at Detroit's CONCERT OF COLORS July 11 & 12
Various locations in Midtown, Detroit
Saturday & Sunday Afternoon
The Concert of Colors is metro Detroit’s free annual diversity music festival. It is produced by the Arab American National Museum with partners Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Institute of Arts, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, ACCESS, Midtown Detroit Inc. and University of Michigan – Detroit Center. The goal of this five-day festival is uniting metro Detroit’s diverse communities and ethnic groups by presenting musical acts from around the world. Over its 23-year history, the festival has become a artistic highlight of metro Detroit’s summer festival season, and one of the few free-admission music festivals remaining locally.
World music, including the indigenous music of the Motor City, is the major focus of the Concert of Colors, but not the only focus. The festival also offers ethnic food and merchandise vendors and an annual Forum on Community, Culture and Race, which examines the role of arts and culture in overcoming racial and ethnic barriers.
The Concert of Colors was established by Ismael Ahmed – then head of the Dearborn, Michigan-based human services organization ACCESS – and New Detroit in 1993 as a one-day event at Chene Park on Detroit’s riverfront. The inaugural event drew a modest crowd to Chene Park, but by 1999, some 10,000 music lovers were coming out each year. The festival expanded to three days in 2001, when it was part of the official festivities for Detroit’s 300th birthday, drawing an audience of 100,000. In recent years, annual attendance at the Concert of Colors has been about 80,000.
More iNFO @ www.concertofcolors.com
TILTED AXES appearance at the Concert of Colors 2015 is made possible through the extra support of The Dearborn Community Arts Council, Korg USA & VOX Amps, Midtown Detroit Inc., United Sound Systems Recording Studios, Showtime Clothing Detroit, and the ASCAP Plus Awards.
05 MAY 15
WALK THRU WALLS Reforms to Perform at Detroit All-Star Review Concert 2015
TILTED AXES DETROIT members Eric Iverson, Patrick Grant, Jude Closson, & Dean Western reform the original WALK THRU WALLS new wave band as part of the DON WAS DETROIT ALL-STAR REVUE 2015 CONCERT on July 12th.
This year's revue honors 80s Detroit radio personality THE ELECTRIFYING MOJO whose on-air journey of musical and social development shaped a generation of music-lovers in Detroit and throughout southeastern Michigan and Canada and was of importance to the development of Detroit techno.
The Concert of Colors
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.
More iNFO TBA
WALK THRU WALLS was a new wave band on the Detroit scene from 1981-1984. The nucleus of the group was songwriters Patrick Grant (synthesizers & vocals) and Eric Iverson (guitar & vocals). Grant is a composer and performer living in NYC since 1985 and is the creator of Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. His work history includes John Cage, the Philip Glass studio, Billy Joel & Quincy Jones, avant-garde theatre visionaries Robert Wilson, The Living Theatre, and he is currently an active member in The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists lead by Robert Fripp. Iverson is an artist, musician, and programmer from Detroit. His other musical collaborations over the years include creating techno music with Ex Machina, making effects pedals with Red Panda, and he is also a founding member and regular performer with the Detroit branch of Tilted Axes. Dean Western (electric bass) has been playing in Detroit bands for over thirty years. He has had the pleasure of working with many creative and dedicated people during this time and is pleased to be a part of this event. Jude Closson (percussion) has played drums and guitar with rock/alternative bands in the Detroit area since the 80s. He started out on drums with new wave group Walk Thru Walls and moved on to many other punk/rock groups and into the present day with Celtic Rock group Bill Grogan’s Goat. WTW thanks everybody involved.
10 APR 15
Judith Malina, a visionary of the theater, has left us. A mentor, collaborator, and friend. RIP (1926-2015)
Judith Malina and Living Theatre composer Patrick Grant in 2007.
The Zero Method by Hanon Reznikov (1991) based on Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Peformed by Judith Malina & Hanon Reznikov. Directed by Judith Malina. Original score & live soundscapes by Patrick Grant.
27 MAR 15
TILTING IN DETROIT ~ MARCH 21-22
15 MAR 15
Next Weekend: TILTED AXES DETROIT
Friday, March 20 - Equinox Procession
Downtown Royal Oak - various locations
Pop-up performances in the evening
If you're there, you won't miss us!
#tiltedaxes for our location
Saturday, March 21 - 4th Annual The Bestest Concert Ever
5:00-8:00 PM - Royal Oak Farmers Market
316 E 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI
w/Horse Cave Trio, Motor Honey, Candy Band, Evenin' Gentlemen
Activities Include: Rockin the Red Carpet photos, Crazy Hair Salon, Zany Face Painting and a haute couture dress-up station. You can also get your hand immortalized in wax with Creative Arts Studios or play all the instruments you can imagine at the Mccourts Musical Petting Zoo. New this year is Gem Mining with the Miners Den!! Also play games with the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and Band Boosters!! Hungry and thirsty? There will also be some super yummy food available for purchase including Detroit BBQ, Treat Dreams and The Market Cafe. Milking It Productions will also be on hand with their famous AXL Pale Ale and BRIK Red Ale for the over 21 set. $5 admission - kids welcome
FB event page: http://tinyurl.com/pfrlou8
Sunday, March 22 - Marche du Nain Rouge
1:00-3:00 PM - Midtown Detroit
Beginning at Traffic Jam & Snug (Canfield & 2nd Ave.)
Ending at the Detroit Masonic Temple, 500 Temple St.
Procession route map: http://tinyurl.com/k4ecvlg
Supposedly, for 300 years, on the Sunday after the Vernal Equinox, Detroiters have celebrated liberation from the Nain Rouge, the fiendish embodiment of all that holds us back. Revelers dressed in costume converge at or near Cass Park and hope for better things for Detroit’s future, celebrating whatever is good and working in the city: happiness, success and freedom from the antagonism of the Nain in the new year. Unfortunately, on occasion, the Nain Rouge is able to manifest, and reveals himself to the revelers, taunting them with tales of his evil machinations and plans meant to bring the city down. Just in case, revelers are advised to come in disguise, so the Nain can’t exact revenge.
More info at: http://marchedunainrouge.com/
Performers include: Patrick Grant (NYC), Paula Messner, Skeeto Valdez, Howard Glazer, Rick Matle, Jeff Adams, Erik Gustafson, Bob Kaufman, Chris McGorey, Dean Western, Eric Iverson, Gael Grant, James McGlinnen, John Halo (NYC), John Lovaas (Chicago), Jude Closson, Rob Knevels, Sarah Metevier (Chicago), Erik Grant, Sean Biggs, and others TBA
Tilted Axes: Detroit 2015 is powered by the help and support of VOX amps, KORG/USA, Discover Guitar, Peppergreen Media (ASCAP), Strange Music Inc., Candy Band, Showtime Detroit, The Metro Times, McCourt’s Music Royal Oak, & The Detroit School of Rock and Pop.
11 MAR 15
Demand TILTED AXES in Your City
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10 MAR 15
Tilted Axes & Bestest Concert Ever IV Previewed
Get Ready to Rock at 'Bestest' Concert
The Observer & Eccentric Newspapers
by Diana Wing, Guest Columnist
This year's fourth annual "Bestest Concert Ever" at the Royal Oak Farmers Market is sure to be the "bestest" by far. Royal Oaker Paula Messner, guitarist and songwriter for Candy Band, has a great eclectic lineup of live music, plus kids' activities, and food and beverages for this family-friendly event that runs, 5-8 p.m. Saturday, March 21.
"It's going to be so fun this year," she said.
Rockin' the Red Carpet photos, a Crazy Hair Salon, Zany Face Painting and a haute couture dress-up station will get the fun started. Kids can make a wax replica of their hand with Creative Arts Studio, try out a range of instruments at the McCourts Musical Petting Zoo, go gem mining with the Miners Den, and play games with the Royal Oak High School Drama Club and the Band Boosters.
Messner has planned an eclectic lineup of performances for the night. Of course, the Candy Band moms will be playing children's favorites, along with original songs. Their music is a blast for adults, too. The intensity will grow with Horse Cave Trio, known for their high energy roots rock, also characterized as high-octane roadhouse blues or outlaw country rock 'n roll. Motor Honey is a five-piece band fronted by Sara Covatta whom Messner describes as having a "beautiful voice." The group performs a mix of rock, soul and funky grooves – American Soul.
Messner also invited Evenin' Gentlemen who have a collective 100-plus years as active members of the International Barber Shop Harmony Society. They currently sing with the Detroit Oakland Gentlemen songsters and provide "wholesome and pleasing entertainment across a range of genres in the barbershop style."
No doubt the headliner for this year's "Bestest Concert Ever" will be Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars. Founded in 2011 by composer/performer and Detroit native Patrick Grant, Tilted Axes is an electric guitar procession of upwards of 30 performers who wear portable amps strapped on their sides or backs. It has the energy of rock and it's part street theater as guitarists walk through the downtown New York City art scene and other communities.
"We have a bit of a guerrilla esthetic," said Grant in a highly entertaining promotional video. "We're able to go where the public is. That is the beauty of being mobile."
Messner invited Grant to perform at the "Bestest Concert Ever" because she had taken part in a Tilted Axes procession last summer in Detroit.
"We started outside the Detroit Historical Museum and we did a song. We marched up Woodward. We went outside of the library and the DIA and around the Wayne State campus," she described. "We went into a restaurant where people were having lunch and drinking a beer … and we just filled the place. We all stood there and played a song and everybody (at the restaurant) their jaw hit the floor, and then we left. They never knew what hit them!"
One bass player and a snare drum player usually perform with the group. Grant writes the original music for guitar. There are four-six parts, so not everyone plays the same thing.
"One guitar might be playing chords, one might be playing notes. They all go together," Messner said. "There are certain songs where I break out in a lead and it will be my solo, and I can do whatever I want and everybody backs me up. Then somebody else will come out and do a solo.
"Some of the songs are complex and everybody's got notes taped to their guitar and clipped on, so it's a little crazy. But it's a lot of fun and I was really glad to be a part of it last year."
Messner expects about 15 performers in the Tilted Axes Detroit crew will play at the "Bestest Concert Ever." She and fellow guitarists will rehearse the week before when Grant come into town. If the weather is permitting the mobile electric guitarists might wander around downtown Royal Oak the night before the concert, Messner said. Spring, and possibly an equinox procession, is just around the corner.
Admission to the "Bestest Concert Ever" is only $5 (children 3 and younger are free), with 100 percent of profits going to the Royal Oak Optimist Club which organizes and helps to support numerous youth activities. The Royal Oak Farmers Market is located at 316 E. 11 Mile. Call 248-246-3276. Visit http://www.tiltedaxes.com/tiltedaxes.html to watch a video of Titled Axes in action.
01 MAR 15
Upcoming Tilted Axes: Detroit Shows Previewed in the Metro Times
Tilted Axes to return to Detroit — and Royal Oak?
By Michael Jackman
"Remember Tilted Axes? It's the brainchild of Detroit native and New York experimental composer Patrick Grant, a procession of electric guitars playing compositions in public places. Grant has brought the performance, which he's staged in Germany and New York, to Detroit's Cultural Center, and returned last year for the city's 313th birthday.
This year he's back, and his choices are even more interesting, in that he's chosen to participate in larger events that perhaps match the creative spirit of his endeavor.
The axes will be rocking in the Detroit area for three days this March, including March 22, at the Marche du la Nain Rouge (this iteration of Tilted Axes will become the decidedly Francophone "Haches Incliné"), adding to the insurrectionary spirit of the event. His schedule also includes the Bestest Concert Ever IV, on March 21, at the Royal Oak Farmers Market, and something called the Equinox Procession in downtown Royal Oak on March 20…"
Read the full article HERE
27 JAN 15
TILTED AXES ~ VIDEO 2015
07 JAN 15
TILTED AXES ~ 2015
TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Combining the energy of rock, the creative discipline of theater, and the experimental spirit of the downtown NYC arts scene, Tilted Axes is both a processional event, and an ensemble of mobile electric guitarists created by composer/performer Patrick Grant.
Inspired by his background in gamelan music and vanguard theater work, classically-trained post-rocker Grant conceived of Tilted Axes in 2011 as part of Make Music Winter, an event which transforms New York’s cityscape with participatory musical parades in honor of the winter solstice. Tilted Axes was a way of untethering the electric guitar from both heavy stage amps and traditional band structures, as well as bringing live music directly to its audience.
The guitarists of Tilted Axes perform original compositions written specifically for the event by Grant as well as those from the Tilted repertoire, using portable amplifiers strapped to their sides as they walk through the city streets. The outdoor procession of musicians moves along predetermined routes in selected areas, in honor of an event, landmark, or organization unique to that community.
Since its inception, Tilted Axes has evolved as a project with multiple incarnations in New York, Detroit, and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2015 the project will manifest itself in performances in the USA, Europe, and South America.
The musical pieces themselves, with their interlocking sections, make room for many kinds of genres and grooves. A democratic approach to interpretation allows the musicians - soloists, rhythm players, and percussionists - to shine in an ensemble of uncommon textural power. Flexible in number, Tilted Axes adapts itself to the environment or occasion, and feeds on the energy of a constantly shifting audience.
Tilted Axes cuts musical pathways through the urban landscape, turning neighborhoods into sonic narratives. As a form of street theater, the ensemble brings potent, ecstatic riffs, and an element of surprise, to an unsuspecting public. Tilted Axes is always in motion; striding in, rocking out, and moving on.
The process is simple: When a festival or other institution wishes to stage a Tilted Axes event, a call is put out to local guitarists to apply to participate. When an ensemble is selected from the applicants, they are given via MP3s and PDFs the music to be performed at the event so they can learn it in advance.
A week before the event, Grant arrives with members of Tilt Core (see below) and rehearses the local musicians in the various techniques of musical performance, improvisation, and staging that make up the procession itself.
A procession route within the host city is predetermined. The routes often include city squares, centers of transportation, and indoor structures like museums. The procession is accompanied by posters and placards which let the public know more about the event, sponsors, the hosting organization, and its purpose.
Above all: it rocks.
TILT CORE is an ensemble drawn from the larger group of NYC performers as a means to explore and experiment with new material.
Its smaller size, 5-9 members, enhances musical and practical possibilities. Outside of the larger processional projects, Tilt Core is a more agile and easily presentable ensemble as well a its members serving as the creative catalysts for future Tilted Axes work.
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