01 JUL 15


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.

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)

SATELLITES: Emma McGlinnen, Diane McGorey
TILTMOBILE: Sally Omally Schroeder

Click Here for Performer Bios

@TiltedAxes #CofC2015

Complete iNFO HERE

17 JUN 15


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.

Project Page:

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:

16 JUN 15


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

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

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.

Presented by
The Concert of Colors

Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI
8 PM


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


15 MAR 15


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

Go to www.WeDemand.com/TiltedAxes

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."

Guitar procession

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


07 JAN 15


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.

More iNFO at ~


Contact: tiltedaxes@peppergreenmedia.com

Tilted Axes and Tilt Core are powered by VOX amps through the help of KORG/USA and Discover Guitar

31 DEC 14

TILT CORE: Studies in Motion & Velocity - January 28th, NYC

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars'
Music for a Theater Space

Wednesday, January 28th at 8:00 PM
Alchemical Theatre Laboratory
104 W 14th Street, New York City
House opens at 7:30 - $5 at door

Performers: Patrick Grant, Dan Cooper, Matt Grossman, John Halo, Randolph Hudson III, Jeremy Nesse, Cesare Papetti, Reinaldo Perez, & Daniel Reyes-Llinas

TILT CORE is an ensemble drawn from the larger group of NYC performers in TILTED AXES: MUSIC FOR MOBILE ELECTRIC GUITARS in 2014 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.

STUDIES IN MOTION & VELOCITY is a performance inside of a theater. This gives the group an opportunity to use the space in a combination of mobile and stationary formations. They will perform new music as well as other pieces from the Tilted repertoire in the form of a narrative. This is the challenge.

28 DEC 14

Baroque Variations - Part 2 (1987)

07. Canon at Octave w/ Diminishing Note Values - 0:00
08. Fugue - 3:12
09. Fantasy 1 (syncopated) - 5:30
10. Fantasy 2 (hemiola) - 6:29

25 DEC 2014

by Ryuichi Sakamoto, arranged & performed by Patrick Grant (1986)

23 DEC 14

HIGH Q - NYC Realtime Synthesizer Ensemble - Debuting Spring 2015

21 DEC 14


17 DEC 14

TILT CORE 1.0 - Dress Rehearsal at the Alchemical Theatre Laboratory

07 DEC 14

TILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars'
The Sound of Burning Chairs

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars'
A Preview Performance of New Material

Wednesday, December 17th at 10:00 PM
Carta Azul Taqueria & Ceviche Bar
103 W 14th Street, New York City


Performers: Patrick Grant, Dan Cooper, Matt Grossman, John Halo, Randolph Hudson III, Jeremy Nesse, Cesare Papetti, Reinaldo Perez, & Daniel Reyes-Llinas

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars was created in 2011 by composer/performer Patrick Grant for Make Music New York's inaugural Make Music Winter solstice event. Since then, 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 created in the USA, Europe, and South America.

After performing three years in a row for the December 21st Make Music Winter events, a conscious decision was made to sit this one out in order to prepare for the work ahead in 2015. We will be back!

TILT CORE, in its original intention, is an ensemble drawn from the larger group of performers as a means to explore and experiment with new material without the constraint of an immediate public performance. Its roster can, and should, change seasonally. Tilt Core’s smaller size comes from the concept of "the magic number seven plus or minus two" a.k.a. Miller's Law, the number of objects an average human can hold in working memory. This smaller size, 5-9 members, enhances Tilt Core’s musical and practical possibilities. Outside of the larger Tilted Axes projects, Tilt Core will be a more agile and easily presentable ensemble.

Why this performance then, if performing was never an intention? It is a preview through which all of the standard criteria of an official performance will apply. In whatever city Tilted Axes performs, we discover a local establishment where we can eat, drink, and hold our post-rehearsal discussions. "Where Tilted Axes Relaxes" is how it’s come to be known. In the case of Tilt Core, it’s been Carta Azul Taqueria & Ceviche Bar, directly across the street from the Alchemical Theater Laboratory where Tilt Core rehearses. The owners of Carta Azul, having gotten to know us well over the past couple of months, generously offered us their place to have an informal performance. In other words: it came to us. This performance will bring to completion this phase of Tilt Core 1.0. The project’s 2.0 incarnation will begin early next year.

So here we are, ready to rise to this performance challenge. If you are free, please join us and get a taste of everything Tilted that's in store for the New Year.

More iNFO at ~

05 DEC 14

A feature documentary by Karin Kaper & Dirk Szuszies
Original music by Patrick Grant

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the
East Side Gallery in 2015

The entire story of the longest surviving part of the Berlin Wall
World Premiere on 6th of January 2015 at Kino Babylon Berlin Mitte
Nationwide cinema release on 8th of January 2015

Original version with English subtitles

The longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall is the world's largest open air gallery, attracting millions of visitors from around the world since opening in 1990.



01 DEC 14

Ten Years of Living on the Edge
(of Manhattan)

It's almost hard for me to believe that today marks a decade since I moved into Waterside Plaza on NYC's East River. It remains one of the finest (sic) examples of the architectural style known as Brutalism, probably because no one wants to make anything this fugly anymore. It resembles what I imagine a grad dorm in the Eastern Bloc would have looked like. 10 degrees cooler in the summer and, yes, 10 degrees colder in the winter. No complaints. After my checkered past of theater basements and semi-guest status in other peoples' wonderful apartments, I'm happy and grateful to have had any sustainable and fixed address of my own. For what it's worth, I own my soul again. [this reflection over, he writes the rent check for the month]

30 NOV 14

TILTED AXES - Roster of Performers 2011-2014
The First Three Years ~ ~ ~

29 NOV 14

Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Facebook Page Launched


05 NOV 14

The Next Stage in the Project's Evolution Has Begun

The setting of the first rehearsal

4 NOV 14

Celebrating Terry Riley's "IN C" @ 50 Years

Happy 50th birthday to Terry Riley's "In C" - It continues to inspire 5 decades after its premiere at the San Francisco Tape Music Center on November 4th, 1964.

"...I am so happy my '1964 daughter' is again pregnant with so many remarkable new children." - Terry Riley


11 OCT 14

Four Weeks Ago Today... Tilted Axes: Düsseldorf (video clips)

Photos Vol. 1 on FB:
Photos Vol. 2 on FB:

27 SEP 14

Tilted Axes Quartet at New Düsseldorf Pop

Thanks to the quartet who represented Tilted Axes: Düsseldorf and the FFT at New Düsseldorf Pop this weekend. Markus Saxen, Stephan Kivel, Torsten Thum, & Christoph Götzen - getting the music out into the world - the best!

25 SEP 14


17 SEP 14


Coolibri Review
- http://tinyurl.com/qa4eqll
Die Welt - http://tinyurl.com/ogoc8t9
German Interview - http://tinyurl.com/neauabo
English Interview - http://tinyurl.com/q4gusf3


28 AUG 14

TILTED AXES in German Culture Magazine

JUST IN: an interview with Detroit guitar hero Howard Glazer that covers last month's TILTED AXES: DETROIT and next month's TILTED AXES: DÜSSELDORF for the German music publication Wasser-Prawda - Musik und Meer - Kulturmagazin: "Blues, Views, & News #3" by Howard Glazer.

In English: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/PG-Glazer-English.pdf
In German: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/PG-Glazer-Deutsch.pdf

Magazin Web Site: http://wasser-prawda.de/ on pp 9-13 & 64-67

24 AUG 14

International sTRANGE mUSIC Day NYC - Pictures from the Event

See the photo set on Flickr HERE

05 AUG 14

for International Strange Music Day 2014

PDF Press Release

Complete iNFO HERE

23 JUL 14

TILTED AXES: DETROIT (313) Media Coverage...

Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) at Comerica Park, July 19, 2014

See the complete media coverage HERE

GOOGLE VIDEO: Created automatically via Google+

PRINT: Metro Times Featurette - by Michael Jackman - July 16, 2014

RADIO: Interview on WJR - by Frank Beckmann - July 18, 2014

RADIO: Interview on WKAR - by Peter Whorf - July 18, 2014

PHOTOS: Tilted Axes @ United Sound Systems - photos by Jocelyn Gonzales - July 18, 2014

VIDEO: Tilted Axes @ United Sound Systems - GoPro by Frank Pahl - - July 18, 2014

PHOTOS: Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) - photos by Jocelyn Gonzales - July 19, 2014

PHOTOS: Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) - photos by Oscar Zelaya - July 19, 2014

PHOTOS: Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) - photos by Maggie McCabe - July 19, 2014

TELEVISION: Fox 2 Detroit Television Promo - by Charlie Langton - July 19, 2014

Complete project info here:

08 JUL 14

Meet the Performers of

Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Full performer iNFO HERE

28 JUN 14

Back in the U.S.S.R.S.

*Extremely* happy that United Sound Systems Recording Studios has signed on as a supporter of Tilted Axes: Detroit (313) and will be hosting our dress rehearsal (tour included).


United Sound Systems Recording Studios is more than just a Recording Studio – it is an institution which birthed a musical legacy which we still thrive upon. Established in 1933 by Jimmy Siracuse, it became the first independent and full service major recording studio in the nation and created a platform which gave artists, musicians, writers, and producers the ability to record music, cut the record and get airplay without being signed to a major label. What started as a hub for commercials and advert jingles, in the 1940s would become where Charlie Parker, Max Roach & Miles Davis recorded BeBop Jazz Standards, and John Lee Hooker recorded ‘Boogie Chillun’. Thereafter, artists such as Little Willie John, Jackie Wilson, and then songwriter Berry Gordy, who recorded Tamla/Motown’s first release at United Sound Systems in 1959; Marv Johnson’s ‘Come To Me’ (Tamla 101).

Throughout the 1960s, United Sound became home to hits by Bob Seger (“Ramblin’ Gablin Man” & “Heavy Music”), The MC5 (“Back In The U.S.A”), and many of Detroit’s rock & roll luminaries. However, Don Davis, a producer who worked for Motown and Stax records would revitalize the Stax Records catalogue by recording albums such as Isaac Hayes’ “Hot Buttered Soul”, “Shaft”, and Johnnie Taylor’s “Who’s Makin’ Love”, and the Dramatics’ “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get” at United Sound. Don Davis purchased United Sound in 1971, and continued to nurture the studio that would then change the landscape of the music industry by producing the very first Platinum Single – Johnnie Taylor’s “Disco Lady”.

In the 1970s United Sound Systems was a revolving door for the who’s who of the industry elite (such as Gladys Knight & The Pips, Albert King, and Al Hudson & One Way), but also a then local rock band called “Death”, who created a sound so far ahead of its time that it recently gained recognition. That was also the era that George Clinton and Parliament/Funkadelic created the sound that became known as “P-Funk”. Songs like “Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)”, “Mothership Connection”, “Flashlight”, “One Nation Under A Groove”, “(Not Just) Knee Deep” and “Atomic Dog”, are still as infectious as they were when they were created at United Sound. Also, P-Funk bands such as Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Brides Of Funkenstein, Parlet, Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns, ) all recorded their major works here, well into the 1980s, when George Clinton discovered a band called “The Red Hot Chili Peppers” and recorded their first major album ‘Freaky Styley’ here at United Sound.

Within the 1980s and 1990s, pivotal moments which happened at United Sound seem to be out of a fairy tale: Paul Riser, the famed arranger for Motown, conducted the orchestra for hits like Luther Vandross’ ‘A House Is Not A Home’ and R-Kelly’s ‘I Believe I Can Fly’. Also, The Rolling Stones Joined miss Aretha Franklin for an updated version of their hit “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

The list of artists and timeless hits that came from within the walls of 5840 Second Ave., Detroit, Michigan is so staggering it’s unbelievable. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye. “More Bounce To The Ounce” by Roger Troutman & Zapp. “Sisters Are Doin’ it For Themselves” Aretha Franklin & The Eurythmics, “Rapture” by Anita Baker, “Real Love” by the Doobie Brothers. Garage Rock to Gospel and everything in between – This is where the music industry got it’s standard.

24 JUN 14

Just announced: TILTED AXES: DÜSSELDORF - Musik für Mobile E. Gitarren

Musik für mobile E-Gitarren
Prozess & Prozession
Anlässlich des 15. Jubiläums des FFT
09. -13. September 2014

„Tilted Axes“ ist eine Art Wiedergeburt der traditionellen Marschkapelle des 21. Jahrhunderts: ein großes Ensemble aus elektrischen Gitarren, die mit mobilen Mini-Verstärkern ausgestattet sind und von Schlaginstrumenten begleitet werden. Nachdem das Projekt in New York City und Detroit mit großem Erfolg durchgeführt wurde, bringt sein Initiator, der New Yorker Komponist und Musiker, Patrick Grant, das Projekt nun auf Einladung des FFT nach Düsseldorf.

Aus Anlass des 15. Jubiläums des FFT eröffnet das Theater am 13. September 2014 seine Spielzeit mit dieser ungewöhnlichen musikalischen Prozession im öffentlichen Raum. Dabei werden die beiden Spielstätten FFT Kammerspiele und FFT Juta Start- und Endpunkt der Prozession bilden.

Patrick Grant wird passend zur Stadt und Thematik mit lokalen Musikern neue Musikstücke für den feierlichen Umzug von den FFT Kammerspielen ins FFT Juta am 13. September erarbeiten. Die Performance widmet er der Landeshauptstadt und dem 15-jährigen Bestehen des FFT Düsseldorf. Ergänzt werden die neuen Musik durch Stücke aus dem Repertoire der TILTED-Reihe.

Um einen Platz im Ensemble kann sich jeder bewerben, der sowohl eine E-Gitarre besitzt, als auch Noten lesen kann. „Tilted Axes“ ist eine Kombination aus Theater-Musik, Straßenperformance und zeitgenössischer neuer Musik.

Jeder ist eingeladen, Teil der musikalischen Prozession zu werden – ob als Musiker, als Zuschauer oder als Passant.

PDF info


Mehr Information kommt bald
: http://www.fft-duesseldorf.de

23 JUN 14

"IN (Key)" - New York Times Review & a Photo Set on FLICKR

Photos by Karsten Moran for the New York Times

NY TIMES Review - "IN (Key)" - Make Music New York - by James R. Oestreich

Photo by Jocelyn Gonzales

""IN (Key)" Photo Set on FLICKR


20 JUN 14

"IN (Key)" in the news


read more HERE

17 JUN 14

"IN (Key)" welcomes Michiyo Suzuki and Gina Izzo as guest musicians

For this coming Saturday, June 21st, for Make Music New York, we welcome guest musicians Michiyo Suzuki (clarinets) of the Absolute Ensemble and Gina Izzo (flute) of the RighteousGIRLS to perform with the ensemble on "IN (Key) - Celebrating Terry Riley's IN C at 50 Years w/ Eleven New Musical Works."

More iNFO:

13 JUN 14

Tilted Axes Has Ladies Who Rock!

Ladies of Detroit! If you play electric guitar, come join Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars on July 19th to celebrate the city's 313th birthday.
We need you to show up the guys in the group with your awesome chops.

To find out more on how you be a part, go to:

Read about it on the Women's International Music network:

05 JUN 14

OPEN CALL for participants. APPLY via the link on this page only:

METRO TIMES - "Call for guitarists! Tilted Axes Returns! - click

17 MAY 14

Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists IX in the Press

PREVIEW in www.thestranger.com @ http://tinyurl.com/pwjpyaz

Upcoming Pacific NW Tour - Tickets now on sale:
May 23: Bellingham, WA - http://ocgnw1.bpt.me/
May 24: Portland, OR - http://ocgnw2.bpt.me/
May 25: Seattle, WA - http://ocgnw3.bpt.me/
FB event page - https://www.facebook.com/OCGIXmay2014

"You know that the master guitarist Robert Fripp runs a tight ship, so when he gathers an orchestra of guitarists, the results will surely be super-disciplined… and mind-boggling. What he does with his fellow Crafty Guitarists deviates from the florid, torrid prog rock he manifested with the legendary King Crimson.

Rather, Fripp and company create massive minimalist compositions that flow and swarm with the manic intensity of certain Philip Glass and György Ligeti pieces, but realized with acoustic guitars. Fripp’s crafty Orchestra members have been known to wander around concert halls or assemble in circles while playing their intense, oscillating drones and stark, needling passages. As with anything Fripp touches, the results should be challenging and stimulating."

SEE ALSO the article in What's Up Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/pppydbu

16 MAY 14

TILTED AXES: DETROIT (313) - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars
Performance Schedule, July 19th, 2014

Presented by the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) 5401 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI

1:00 pm - Gather @ DHS Legends Plaza
1:30 pm - Procession through upper Midtown - the DIA, Science Museum, et al.
3:00 pm - Reconvene & announcements @ DHS Legends Plaza
3:13 pm - Performance @ DHS Legends Plaza
3:45 pm - Procession in DHS Museum - 3 stops: Old Detroit, Engine Drop, Kid Rock Lab
4:30 pm - DHS Museum finale in auditorium
5:00 pm - Completion of DHS event - break - move to Comerica Park
6:00 pm - Procession @ Comerica Park before Detroit Tigers' game
6:45 pm - END (w/ possible performances at local venues in the evening)

More details, information for performers, etc. coming soon at:

15 APR 14

Premiering in NYC on June 13: "GRAND PRIX"

For 2 violins, cello, piano, & synthesizer. More iNFO TBA soon.

14 APR 14

Composers announced for June 21st's performance of "In (Key)"

"The IN (Key) event sounds wonderful. I am so happy my '1964 daughter' is again pregnant with so many remarkable new children." - Terry Riley

Composers announced for June 21st's performance of "In (Key)" - New Compositions in Celebration of Terry Riley's "In C" @ 50 Years - for Make Music New York, 1-4pm on Cornelia Street in Manhattan - a co-production of ComposersCollaborative Inc. & Peppergreen Media.

"In (Key)" composers:

C - Terry Riley - ensemble
Db - Eleonor Sandresky - keyboard
D - Lisa Maree Dowling - double bass
Eb - David Borden - keyboard
E - Gene Pritsker - e. guitar
F - Elliott Sharp - e. guitar
Gb - Adam Cuthbért - trumpet/laptop
G - Patrick Grant -keyboard/e. guitar
Ab - Brad Balliett - bassoon
A - John King - viola
Bb - Vasko Dukovski - clarinet
B - Jed Distler - keyboard

Additional musicians, sponsors, & other performance info HERE.

7 APR 14

Four Large-Scale Performances in the Months Ahead:
Pacific NW, Midwest, East Coast, & Locally/Globally

May: Robert Fripp & The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists X
June: "In (Key)" at Make Music New York
July: Tilted Axes: Detroit (313)
August: International sTRANGE mUSIC Day


02 APR 14

Detroit 1984

It was thirty years ago today Mr. Orwell taught our band to play
If we had some minor details wrong it really hasn't hurt our songs
Now digitized straight from the vaults, the tapes that almost disappeared:
80s New Wave, Detroit's...

Patrick Grant - synthesizer & vocalsa
Eric Iverson - guitar & vocals
Chris Garrison - bass & vocals
John Figley - drums & vocals

Produced by Patrick Grant & Eric Iverson
Recorded in Detroit 1983/4, edited & remastered NYC 2014

Complete page with MP3s HERE

27 MAR 14

Just Announced for July 19, 2014:
TILTED AXES: DETROIT (313) - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars


26 MAR 14

Just Announced for Make Music New York 2014:
"In (Key)" - New Compositions in Celebration of Terry Riley's "In C" at 50 Years

A co-production of ComposersCollaborative Inc. & Peppergreen Media


25 MAR 14

Robert Fripp & The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists IX
Pacific NW Tour Dates Announced

Robert Fripp & The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists

What is The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists?

One possible answer is a lot of people making a lot of noise with guitars. Sometimes they even perform in public, as in Spain, Italy, Argentina, and in the USA, in places like Boston, New York City, Bellingham, Portland, and Seattle.

Another possible answer is a specialized study in the self-organizing properties of complex wholes. How does Intelligence act in and through many individuals, coming together as one? What if a high level of Conscious or Creative Intelligence needed to enter this world, what kind of body or vehicle would it need?

The global challenges we face, to be addressed by current and following generations, are beyond the capacity of individuals to meet. Solutions are more likely to be found in groups and networks than in the efforts of individuals acting alone.

The quality of solution required, to problems now of global proportion, is creative; that is, at the level of genius. The solitary, individual genius is, by definition, solitary and individual. The question, then, is how may we cultivate and develop group genius?

Come share in the magic that is the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists!

Tickets now on sale:

Fri May 23, Bellingham WA: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/611567
Sat May 24, Portland OR: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/614157
Sun May 25, Seattle WA: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/614159

20 MAR 14

TILTED AXES DETROIT 2013 - One Year Ago Today

Throwing it back a year... Tilted Axes Detroit took over the streets of Midtown for the first day of spring, a very cold 21 °F that day. Attempts continue to bring it back this year at a time that's guaranteed to be warmer. Pictures, articles, etc. from last year's event here: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TILTED-AXES-DETROIT.html

23 FEB 14

KURT WEILL FEST 2014 - "Revolution: Weill & the Media"

Here's an experiment of Bauhausian proportions: If you go to the web site below by March 2nd and tweet a melody of your own that's 140 notes or less, composers in Berlin, Paris, and New York (myself included) will turn them into orchestral miniatures that will be played by the Anhaltische Philharmonic Orchestra Dessau in two concerts on Monday, March 3rd, to be streamed live. It's part of the 2014 Kurt Weill Fest whose theme this year is "Revolution: Weill & the Media."


19 FEB 2014

Tilted Axes with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Left to right: John Rice, Dan Cooper, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, Patrick Grant, Jocelyn Gonzales, Isaac Scranton

16 JAN 14

PG Featured in Deli Magazine Issue #37

The Deli Magazine, Issue #37, pp. 28, on newsstands or online:

05 JAN 14


"Today I photographed our new mayor, Bill De Blasio, greeting thousands of New Yorkers in an open house at Gracie Mansion, his official residence. My favorite photo of the day is this shot of Tilted Axes, a group of about forty electric guitarists led by composer Patrick Grant, arriving to entertain the mayor and guests." - Allan Tannenbaum, photographer

01 JAN 14

Special Tilted Axes performance for NYC Mayor de Blasio's inauguration festivities at Gracie Mansion including the creation of a new piece, Tilt de Blasio.


28 DEC 13

Tickets On Sale Now for "I am an Opera" January 11-25

Tickets are now on sale for the next run of "I am an Opera" by Joseph Keckler (the Village Voice named him Best Downtown Performance Artist, 2013).

Performances run from Jan. 11th through the 25th at Incubator Arts in NYC. http://incubatorarts.org/iamanopera.html

Written, composed, and performed by Joseph Keckler
Directed by Uwe Mengel
Video in collaboration with Ned Stresen-Reuter and Laura Terruso
Featuring musical arrangements by Dan Bartfield and Patrick Grant

23 DEC 13


Photo set by Erick Gonzales at:

11 DEC 13

TILTED AXES Promotional Video

02 DEC 13

Patrick Grant Interview in I CARE IF YOU LISTEN


The first of its kind

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Magazine is the first Apple Newsstand magazine to focus exclusively on contemporary classical music, music technology, and the arts. After two years of existence, the New York based indie-blog-turned-magazine is now available on the AppStore as a free app for iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch). The content is available on a subscription basis for US$2.99 for two months after a seven-day free trial.

Issues are bi-monthly, and subscribers have access to all back issues.

28 NOV 13

Gratitude Adjustment: Wishing Everyone a Rocking Thanksgiving!

21 NOV 13

Pignose Amps Becomes an Official Sponosor of TILTED AXES NYC 2013

YES! -

Event iNFO at http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/2013TiltedNYC.html

17 NOV 13

Stay tuned for the rescheduled date

On JAN 17, 2014
in New York City

25 Year Retrospective Concert

Music for concert, theater, dance, and the visual arts 1989 to 2014

Musicians & performers to include:
Lynn Bechtold, Keith Bonner, Dan Cooper, Nick Didkovsky, Jed Distler, John Ferrari, Patrick Grant, Peter Jarvis, James Moore, Gene Pritsker, Daniel Reyes-Llinas, Melissa Perry, Eleonor Sandresky, Larry Simon, Lester St. Louis, Kathleen Supove, Michiyo Suzuki, Mioi Takeda, Thomas Walker, Zero Boy, with more to come. Thomas Carlo Bo - conductor

7:30 to 10:00pm @
45 Bleecker Street
east of Lafayette St.
New York, NY



12 NOV 13

Make Music Winter Line-ups Are Announced

"Composer and producer Patrick Grant creates and leads a procession with dozens of electric guitarists through the East Village, with a special stop at The Alamo, the iconic Astor Place sculpture commonly referred to as The Cube. In 2014, The Alamo will be moved from its current location to another part of the plaza. To honor this occurrence, Grant introduces new repertoire that evokes the iconic guitar music that has scored sub-genre Wild West cinema. The event will be a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms to honor the season’s axial tilt.

Check out the full list of Dec. 21st New York City musical parades and processions

07 NOV 13

FRETATHON - Composers Play Composers on Dec. 8th

Composers Play Composers FRETATHON
3-hour marathon of 3-minute pieces for fretted
instruments performed by the composers

Sunday, December 8 at 8pm, Drom NYC
85 Avenue A, New York City

More iNFO at:

07 NOV 13

December premiere: "DEPTH OF FIELD" for three percussionists
performed by Lukas Ligeti, Peter Jarvis, & Glen Velez

Sunday Dec 1 2013, 3PM
The Dimenna Center
450 West 37th Street (between 9th & 10th Avenue)

Monday Dec 2nd 2013, 7PM
William Paterson University
300 Pompton Rd, Wayne, NJ

3rd Annual Composers Concordance Festival: Timbre Tantrum
More iNFO at http://composersconcordance.wix.com/

01 NOV 13

ASCAP Plus+ Award for Concert Music

PG received an ASCAP Plus+ Award for another year in a ro
w. The ASCAP Plus+ Awards program provides cash and recognition to writers.


21 OCT 13

Applications Are Open for TILTED AXES NYC 2013

Applications for guitarist participants in Dec. 21's TILTED AXES NYC 2013 electric guitar procession are now being accepted at http://tinyurl.com/n6n4wok. Read the details there. You can request an email application or ask questions by writing to: tiltednyc2013@peppergreenmedia.com. Applying is necessary and is open until all slots are filled based on available mini-amplifiers.

17 OCT 13

Joseph Keckler Named "Best Downtown Performance Artist"

A HUGE congratulations to Joseph Keckler on being named Best Downtown Performance Artist by the Village Voice. What a pleasure it was for me to music produce and perform with him (from the soundboard) last spring during his four-week run of "I am an Opera" at Dixon Place.

WTG, Joseph!

Joseph Keckler:
Village Voice:
Dixon Place:

09 OCT 13

Part 3 of our Tilted Trilogy in NYC: "The Alamo's Last Stand"

Produced by Peppergreen Media and made possible through the help and support of our sponsors and partners
Make Music New York, Spectrum NYC, Discover Guitar, Pignose Amps, D'Addario Strings, The Music Building, and Strings by Aurora

ILTED AXES: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Make Music Winter

December 21, 2013
New York City


21 SEP 13

Stay tuned for the rescheduled date

On JAN 17, 2014
in New York City

25 Year Retrospective Concert

Music for concert, theater, dance, and the visual arts 1989 to 2014

Musicians & performers to include:
Lynn Bechtold, Keith Bonner, Dan Cooper, Nick Didkovsky, Jed Distler, John Ferrari, Patrick Grant, Peter Jarvis, James Moore, Gene Pritsker, Daniel Reyes-Llinas, Melissa Perry, Eleonor Sandresky, Larry Simon, Lester St. Louis, Kathleen Supove, Michiyo Suzuki, Mioi Takeda, Thomas Walker, Zero Boy, with more to come. Thomas Carlo Bo - conductor

7:30 to 10:00pm @
45 Bleecker Street
east of Lafayette St.
New York, NY


Doors open at 7pm

Produced by Peppergreen Media with Composers Concordance


25 AUG 13


Great stuff, People of Earth. You know, despite my personal FB postings, most of these yearly events exist because folks find it a worthy, albeit whimsical cause, and run with it. Whimsical? Maybe. I do think that anything we can do to get ourselves to pause and reflect is substantial. As a musician, that was my entry point: listen to something unusual, with attention, that just might not only broaden your ears, but also your outlook in general. Everything being relative, it is always interesting how this is interpreted in different cities, different countries, different cultures. We're always surprised.

For me personally, this year's standouts were the radio shows that dedicated programs to the day: Justin H. Brierley's Music for Internets in Rhode Island, Joel Krutt's Pushing the Envelope in Connecticutt, and Radio Mongaguá in São Paulo, Brazil, among many others. Live performances took place. In NYC, Glenn Cornett's Spectrum NYC had an afternoon of exceptional strange-makers playing music for the event.

There was even a number of original songs composed for the day thanks to the 50/90 Challenge.

The strangest surprise was when McDonald's restaurants seized upon the opportunity in sending out a Strange Music Day tweet to promote their product. That gave me mixed feelings but, after a posting of Devo's Too Much Paranoias, I rationalized to an astute friend, "I'll make an exception for the 1.5 million Twitter followers who were encouraged to stretch their ears (not just their stomachs) for today."

Still, and always, the biggest pleasure was knowing, from afar, that there is the growing number of summer schools that took the opportunity to make music with children, to create instruments, to pause and reflect upon what it means to listen without prejudice and see where that takes one (New Delhi, India, Japan, Germany, and Ireland especially). It is satisfying to know that in the end, a future of good music will be assured for the rest of us as the talents of these children develop.

That said, and this is me now, I give a big shout out to David Soldier with Komar and Melamid's piece The Most Unwanted Song that I heard today on Joel Krutt's radio show. It is a piece that, through empirical scientific investigation, was created to afflict us in every worst way possible. The result is one of the funniest pieces, intelligently so, that I've ever heard.

So, it's a two way street: you have all turned me onto so many new sounds and to new ways of thinking about what music can be, that I can never thank you enough. I know many people the world over (and the emails are still pouring in like crazy) feel the same.

Until next year. Thank you!

-Patrick Grant

24 AUG 13

International Strange Music Day, August 24, 2013
this year dedicated to children (young and old)

Greetings People of Earth,

It's been 15 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.

-Patrick Grant


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17 AUG 13

International sTRANGE mUSIC Day August 24th

02 AUG 13

The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists
directed by Robert Fripp

Argentina - Sept. 30 thru Oct.07, 2013


30 JUL 13

This week's CD re-issue: #4 "Music for the Knee Space"
now available on iTunes and 30 other digital download sites


"The Ladder of Red" (2002)

Created for Robert Wilson's Watermill Benefit 2002, "The Red Night." Conceived, designed, & directed by Andrey Bartenev, original music by Patrick Grant (music a.k.a. "Influx"), text by Christopher Knowles, stage managed by Sue Jane Stoker, produced by Robert Wilson, performed by the Watermill Artists of 2002. Video of this performance is available on YouTube.

Recorded music performed by: Patrick Grant (keyboard), Jed Distler (piano), Paul Desilva (organ), Keith Bonner (flute), Thomas P. Oberle (clarinet), Darryl Gregory (trombone), David Simons (percussion), Michael Evans (drums), Alejandra Mahave (viola), Grace Lin (cello), & Mark Steven Brooks (electric bass) at the Knitting Factory NYC, 1998.

"Clave Molino" (2003)

The theme of this year's Watermill Center Summer Benefit was "Molino Cubano" meaning Cuban Mill. For a second year Robert Wilson asked me to create some original music for the benefit to be used in juxtaposition with a creation of one of the Center's artists-in-residence, under his direction. This year he wanted percussion-instruments-only for an installation in the Knee Space, itself a missing central building that will eventually connect the two wings of the Center, through which all the guests would enter the benefit. The visual part of the installation was created by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera and was called "Dated Flesh". It consisted of live nudes covered in dripping milk standing on shelves built high into the walls of the space. I created a piece of music (played by the excellent John Ferrari) that I called "cLAVE mOLINO", a half hour multi-tracked meditation on abstracted Cuban clave rhythms that were subjected to the textural processes of my musical architecture. The piece looped for five times in the installation and had the best sound possible thanks to the two refrigerator-sized sub-woofers in the basement. Two widely spaced hi/mid speakers in the installation itself beautifully brought out the piece's polyphonic dynamics and spatial elements. The installation was proclaimed a "standout piece" of the evening by John Rockwell in the New York Times.

The creation and recording of "cLAVE mOLINO" was made possible through the generous support of Robert Wilson and the Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation. Thanks to everyone involved.

All music (c) and published by Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)

29 JUL 13

5 years to the day - Miss you, Mom. Always will. xox

Patricia McKenna 1937-2008

Patricia E. McKenna, beloved mother, political activist and supporter of the arts, aged 70, formerly of Huntington Woods, Detroit, Birmingham and Troy, Michigan, passed away in the arms of her children on July 29, 2008 in Tucson, AZ.

The daughter of Irish immigrant Patrick McKenna and Michigan native Helen Keene, she attended the Kingswood Cranbrook School and graduated in 1959 from Denison University in Ohio with a BA in Theatre and English. Her marriage in 1961 to Detroit police officer Gordon “Buck” Grant produced three children: Patrick Grant (1963), Daniel (1969) [Stacey] Grant, and Gael (1971). Patricia and Gordon divorced in 1974.

Patricia’s many talents and interests were reflected in her multi-faceted career. Amongst the positions and activities she held were: model for the International Car Shows held in Detroit, investigative journalist for the Detroit News, director/actress of amateur theater for the Ridgedale Players in Pleasant Ridge, private investigator for a retired FBI agent (she obtained a degree in Law Enforcement and Protection from Mercy College in 1978), talent booking agent (clients included incipient comedian Tim Allen), and assisting the administration of McKenna Industries Inc., an automotive model making firm established by her late father.

She was accepted as a member in the American Academy of Certified Geniuses in 1987.

In the last two decades of her life she lived in the American southwest (NM and AZ) where she wrote poetry and plays, articles for the local newspapers, fought corruption in her local government, helped youths with substance abuse problems and sponsored local immigrant families.

She will be lovingly remembered by her children and grandchildren Courtney, Meghan and Grant Thomas, her brother Michael McKenna of West Bloomfield, her nephews Mick (and family), Brian, and niece, Stephanie.

24 JUL 13

MELODY for MELODY for Accordion & DJ

Friday night, July 26th, in NYC: "Melody for Melody for Accordion and DJ"
performed by William Schimmel and Milica Paranosic at 7pm at the Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th St., $25 at the door.

This piece is part of the Compcord Suite containing works by Schimmel, Paranosic, Dan Cooper, Jed Distler, Joseph Pehrson, and Gene Pritsker.

Also on the program will be works by Art Bailey, David Soldier, Noah Creshevsky, John Foti, Robert Young McMahan, Dmitri Shostakovich, & Leon Sash.

More iNFO at http://www.billschimmel.com/


43A West 13th Street, New York City

18 JUL 13

This week's CD re-issue: #3 "Sacred Sister Dedication Music"
now available on iTunes and 30 other digital download sites


Sacred SISTER Dedication MUSIC
A collaborative project of Bettina WITTEVEEN and Robert WILSON with music by Patrick GRANT

Dedication Music was created for an event that marked the launch of a collaboration between the German photographer Bettina WitteVeen and Robert Wilson, one of the major figures of the avant-garde. The music that served to dedicate the project is comprised of 3 cycles of ambient gamelan alternating with 4 dance-like movements. Of the dance movements, two are loosely based on tingklik and kebyar styles while the other two are abstract structures of my own design. PG - NYC

dedicate v. 1. To set apart for a deity or for religious purposes; consecrate. 2. To set apart for some special use; to appropriate; devote. 3. To address or inscribe (a literary work or artistic performance, for example) to someone as a mark of respect or affection.

11 JUL 13

This week's CD re-issue: #2 "GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species"
now available on iTunes and 30 other digital download sites


In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA and the double helix, Peppergreen Media presents a live recording of GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Movements. Composed and directed by Patrick Grant, it is based on the book by award winning science author Matt Ridley. This recording is taken from two performances on February 27 and 28 (the latter date being the actual anniversary of the discovery) at the ANNINA NOSEI GALLERY in New York City.

The structure of the piece is in 23 parts in that each section represents a chromosome in the human genome. This musical work takes the title of each of its parts after Ridley's naming of chapters in his book where he emphasizes a particular characteristic of each one in order to create a narrative. They are: Life, Species, History, Fate, Environment, Intelligence, Instinct, X and Y Conflict, Self-Interest, Disease, Stress, Personality, Self-Assembly, Pre-History, Immortality, Sex, Memory, Death, Cures, Prevention, Politics, Eugenics, and Free Will. The music is performed by Grant's own ensemble the Patrick Grant Group where he will be joined by Kathleen Supové and Jed Distler on keyboards and John Ferrari on percussion and with vocal samples courtesy of composer Lisa Bielawa.

We were returning from the Millennial Gathering of Clan Grant in Inverness, Scotland in 2000 when, while in transit at Heathrow Airport, my girlfriend at the time returned with a bag of magazines and books for the final leg of our trip. In it she had gotten "GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species" by Matt Ridley because she knows of my love of science books for the layperson and how I have liked to incorporate many of the ideas I find there into my music in a search for new musical forms and generative forces found in nature. I just loved how the chapters were laid out in a way in which each title touched upon one of the Big Ideas we're confronted with everyday. For a composer, many of the found programmatic forms have already been taken, be they The Seasons, The Planets, The Seven Deadly Sins etc., so this book seemed to be just begging to be worked into some kind of a piece.

I have always been interested in musical forms that are self-generated. These have been the polyphonic music of the 17th and 18th centuries, gamelan music of Indonesia, the process pieces of the early minimalists and the like. By self-generated I mean that one could take a measure or two from any of the above genres and extrapolate an entire piece from it based on a few guiding principles, much like how the digital code for our entire being is contained within our DNA.

I had tried contacting Matt Ridley's publisher to no avail for a year and a half until, fortuitously, he appeared on WNYC as a guest and I was able to get a call in and he spoke to me directly (off air), giving me the green light to go ahead and do the project. I am forever indebted to Public Radio!

I give my biggest thanks to him and to Harper-Collins Publishers for their permission and support, Annina Nosei for making this concert even possible (thank you, Annina!), Lee Ortega and Ken Smith at the gallery for all the details too numerous to mention, John Schaefer and WNYC for helping us get the word out, SEED Magazine for the same, CUNY for academic credibility, my great colleagues that comprise my ensemble, composer Lisa Bielawa for her vocal samples of the solfegge forms of C-A-T-G, the four chemical bases which make up our DNA (cytosine, adenine, thymine, and guanine), and of course Drs. Watson & Crick for their discovery.

PG - February 2003 - NYC

GENOME: The Autobiography of a Species
performed by Patrick Grant Group

Patrick Grant - keyboard
Kathleen Supove - keyboard
Jed Distler - keyboard
John Ferrari - percussion

07 JUL 13

"Victory Over the Sun" (1913) - The World's First Futurist Opera

A lot has been said of "The Rite of Spring" in this, its centenary year, and rightfully so. However, there's still much to be said for "Victory Over the Sun," the world's first futurist opera which also premiered in 1913. Close to all of the music by Mikhail Matyushin has been lost yet the it remains in our cultural memory due to the stage designs of Kazimir Malevich and the text by Aleksei Kruchenykh. The opera was intended to underline parallels between literary text, musical score, and the art of painting, and featured a cast of such extravagant characters as Nero and Caligula in the Same Person, Traveller through All the Ages, Telephone Talker, The New Ones, etc.

This work was brought to my attention in 2002 by Robert Wilson when I had the great pleasure of working with the extraordinary Andrey Bartenev and other artists at the annual Watermill Center Benefit. I wouldn'y say that it influenced our work, "The Ladder of Red" (2002), but Bob certainly set us in a correct place as far as lineage goes.

THE LADDER OF RED @ Robert Wilson's Watermill Center

I hope that, before this year is out, that "Victory Over the Sun" also gets the recognition that it deserves as a significant precursor of 20th century performance art and beyond.

06 JUL 13

Saturday, July 13th is Guitar Circle Day

Saturday, July 13th is Guitar Circle Day. A one-day course of "An Introduction to The GC Tuning" will be given in Bordeaux, France http://tinyurl.com/qg4wwzg and a one-day course on the "Principles of Guitar Circle Work" will be given in New York City, NY http://tinyurl.com/pz9saj3.

Click on the links above for more information and for how one can participate.

04 JUL 13

This week's CD re-issue: #1
"Fields Amaze"
now available on iTunes and 30 other digital download sites


1. FIELDS AMAZE (8:35)
Keyboards, gamelan and percussion: Patrick Grant
Additional gamelan: Barbara Benary, Percussion: David Simons

Flute: Keith Bonner, Clarinet: Thomas P. Oberle, Piano: Patrick Grant

Keyboards and percussion: Patrick Grant Percussion solo: David Simons


4. ATTACK (3:40)
5. DECAY (4:33)
6. SUSTAIN (3:08)
7. RELEASE (2:35)
Flute: Keith Bonner Clarinet: Thomas P. Oberle, Viola: Jovannina Pagano, Cello: Jane Scarpantoni, Piano and keyboards: Patrick Grant

Patrick Grant, Marija Ilic - keyboards, John Ferrari - drums & percussion, Keith Bonner - flute, Thomas P. Oberle - clarinet, Darryl Gregory - trombone, Martha Mooke - viola, Maxine Neumann - cello, David Simons - theremin & percussion, Dominic Frasca - electric guitar, Mark Steven Brooks - electric bass, and Alexandra Montano - voice

Tracks 1-7 recorded, edited and mixed at Looking Glass Studios NYC
Recording Engineer: Garry Rindfuss, Assistant Engineer and
Editing Engineer: Dante DeSole, Assistant Editing Engineer: Ryoji Hata, Administration: Amanda Riesman, Gamelan instruments provided by Barbara Benary and Gamelan Son of Lion, Large kendang drum and additional gongs provided by Skip LaPlante and Music for Homemade Instruments

Tracks 8-9 recorded 2000 at sTUDIO 41 in NYC. Mixed and mastered by Patrick Grant.

Album cover design: Lost In Brooklyn Studio
Produced by Patrick Grant
® & © 1998 & 2000 sTRANGEmUSIC/Peppergreen Media (ASCAP)





This piece shows my interest and study of the Balinese gamelan, the indigenous percussion ensemble of Indonesia. For those who may not know, the gamelan (which literally translates as "ensemble" or perhaps in a more Westernized sense, "orchestra") is comprised of metallophones in various octaves with gongs and drums delineating the overall structural points of a piece. Gamelans of Indonesia use two different tunings. The first is known as Slendro, a five-tone scale that very, very roughly translates into our familiar pentatonic scale (the black keys on the piano). Like Western music, various modes (I think of them as fiavors) can be made with this scale depending on which of the five tones is chosen as tonal center. The second tuning is called Pelog, a seven-tone scale that purports to divide the octave into seven approximately equal steps, but this is never the case. There is always some adjustment made by the instrument builders depending on their taste. Fields Amaze uses this second tuning, the Western approximation of which would be D-E-F-G#-A-Bb-C. In Indonesia, all tunings deviate from village to village depending on the gong-maker and the general aesthetic of the region. In fact, there is no A440 reference, so all tunings can start on any pitch and be relatively constructed from there. Villages will get into heated quarrels over whose tuning is better. Wow.

I have been able to go to Bali twice, in 1994 and '95, and was fortunate enough to have studied with I Wayan Lantir, the son of Grindem, one of the teachers of Colin McPhee, the composer who studied in Bali in the 1930s and brought the Balinese gamelan to the attention of the Western world. During this time, I had also become connected here in New York with Barbara Benary's Gamelan Son of Lion, the East Coast's first gamelan ensemble, which gave me many opportunities to try out ideas with a group that focuses on contemporary repertoire.

Fields Amaze, which I wrote for this group, is a hybrid of a number of cultural musics. First there's the gamelan, and second, there's the piano, which functions as a solo instrument in a Western sense, often to Bachian effect over a pedal point. Then there's the cross-rhythmic aspects which are informed by the music of Latin America and West Africa. My sincere hope is that, despite this hodgepodge of infiuences, Fields Amaze is a piece whose sum is greater than its parts. It was premiered by Gamelan Son of Lion with myself as soloist at the Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival in Prospect Park, in the summer of 1997.


I have often been drawn into music by extra-musical forces. I had been deeply interested in finding forms and structures in nature and then manipulating them for narrative purposes. Many algorithmic computer programs for musical structures had become available via the Internet that generated patterns of music determined by a user's manipulation of variables. I had up until then done this the hard way: by throwing dice, using a calculator or by mapping tones onto visual media. This was because, firstly, I didn't yet own a computer and, secondly, I had convinced myself that it built character to understand a process at a "hands-on" base level before turning it over to a machine.

I used freeware programs based on recursive equations found in chaos theory. The programs themselves weren't much and didn't even save to MIDI. I had to capture the results on an out-of-sync, drifting sequencer, then shuttle that back into a notation program and do LOTS of clean-up. This turned out to be pretty tedious, but was producing interesting enough results to be worth it. The resultant musical "stock" I likened to lumber in a lumber yard: it was now up to me to merely play the carpenter and decide what I wanted to build with this great variety of different materials.

Around this time, I was asked by the downtown New York performance collective Music Under Construction to be a part of their annual composer and choreographer collaborations. It was from this eventual collaboration, with choreographer and dancer Mane Anthony, that the musical material I had been working on had reason to take final form. Ms. Anthony expressed her desire to create a piece that was to be a kind of a wake in the funereal sense. I myself was hoping to create something a bit livelier, so we had to work out a solution.

I love dictionaries since a word or phrase can be a source of inspiration and the dictionary didn't let me down this time. I looked up the word "wake" and found one definition to be "a visible track of turbulence" trailing a boat moving forward in water. That was it. The metaphor of turbulence, which plays a role in chaos theory, was my creative point of entry into the piece.

Features of the music itself are the use of parallel motion, subtractive rhythmic processes based on rhumba rhythms, and metric modulations from section to section (each small section goes into triplets which in turn become the straight duples of the following section). When the tempo gets to the first climax, the tempo is halved, marked by a silent moment which in rehearsal we referred to as the "eye of the hurricane." The music resumes only to build up again into an even more frenetic second climax and ending. The piece was premiered at The Construction Company, New York, in December 1996.


A fine example of my composition technique pre-computer, when I manually handled the operations that created the many layers of this piece. It was my hope that by layering as many musical processes as possible, one layer would hide another from the listener. The organic quality thus created would give the listener a feeling that there was indeed a pattern behind the music, one that would reveal itself over time. This piece was originally written for game· Ian but soon revealed itself to be far better suited for three just-tuned keyboards along with the gongs, percussion and pulse of the original.

Everything Distinct: Everything the Same is structurally based on a visual model from chaos theory, the Koch Snowflake, which musically can best be represented as ABA forms within ABA forms. I found that 16 bars of material put into fractaline form could generate 81 bars of structure, a framework for each of the work's three large sections. Each section uses a different mode to highlight a different aspect of the piece's just intonation tuning. The first section uses all seven tones of the scale, the second one uses four, the third uses five (technically, the third section should have gone back to the seven-tone mode of the first to maintain ABA form, but these inexplicable breakings of the process keep things livelier and less symmetrical).

I go through as many textural possibilities as possible in the three large sections-Big A, Big B and Big C (the "everything distinct" part of the piece)-making a "swiss cheese" of the music by sculpting away unneeded material. So, an ''A" measure, the most repetitive of its type in this structure, will sound different (yet familiar) every time it cycles past due to the number of parts playing (or not playing). (The "everything the same" part of the piece is represented by the 3 x 16 bars of root material Little A, Little B and Little C - from which the piece is generated.)

Rhythmically, both "B" sections are written in half the time of the ''A"' and "C" sections. This helps create the illusion of many different tempi even only two are used throughout the entire piece (with the exception of the dramatic accelerando and molto ritard at the very end). Similar processes of dynamics are also independently layered on top, further blurring the distinctions of each individual process into a whole.

The piece was first performed in the original gamelan version at the Greenwich House Music School NYC in May 1995 and in this definitive keyboard version at Context Studios, New York, in January 1997.


is actually a short symphony of sorts. The titles of each section - Attack, Decay, Sustain, Release-refer to the four controls found on a synthesizer's envelope generators, which determine the relative shapes of an envelope's segments. The work is held togeth· er by a number of unifying compositional areas that I was exploring at the time. First, it is an etude on the intervals of the major and minor thirds. Second, it's a study in modality, with ever-changing key signatures effecting musical phrases that retain their rhythms and places on the staves. Third, it's a study in fractal musical forms and how dividing phrases into different lengths by placing and displacing metrical accents can entirely change their meaning.

The keyboard instrumentation of piano and two electric pianos (one professional quality and one classroom quality) has been questioned by some of my colleagues, but for me it's a sincere choice. There's something about this piece that I find "basic" in a positive sense and that lends itself to these timbres. Plus, what can beat that madder-than-hell-bumblebee timbre of a cheap Wurlitzer's lower range?

All the segments go through a cycle I call the "zigzag of fifths" (as opposed to the more familiar "circle"), which forms the basis of the harmonic movement. Starting out in the key of C, the key signatures move up one sharp, then one flat, then two sharps, two flats, etc. Unlike the circle of fifths, it doesn't end up where it had started, instead ending either a semi-tone higher or lower depending on which way it's built.

"Attack" takes the seven note sequence 1357246 through a number of rhythmic permutations by placing accents at different points in the pattern. Accentuating every sixth, fourth, third and second note yield a variety of patterns and form, along with zigzagging modality, the essence of this movement. I find this technique, a staple of gamelan technique, almost inexhaustible as a source of inspiration and have written many pieces using it, as have many other composers, notably Joseph Schillinger and Daniel Goode.

"Decay" is simply a study in rhythmic entropy.

Initially constructed along a similar ABA fractaline structure as Everything Distinct, the structure gets compressed in the second half, distorting, warping and ultimately hastening its sickly conclusion despite the upward pull of the clave-inspired rhythmic rondo. I find the title of this segment particularly apt as I have always found its harmonies too sweet in a decadent kind of way.

"Sustain" is a study in whole note clusters moving through variations in orchestration. It is more about pure color than the other movements.

"Release" is, like the first movement, a study in accents but here, asymmetrically placed ones. The steady motivic pulse of a fast 3/4 meter holds together inversions and retrogrades in a multitude of key signatures. Offbeat accents, all intoned on the note F, threaten the rhythmically stability and harmonic movement with their consistent nagging. The spell is broken at the end, when a coda made up of a compressed form of every accent heard thus far breaks this gravitational pull and flies upward and out of sight.

Relative Segments was first performed at Context Studios, New York, in January 1997.


This thirteen section piece is in many ways my own paean to all of the truly awful horror films I watched (and thoroughly enjoyed) when I was a kid. At the same it is also a deconstruction of serialist compositional technique (which can said to be a horror in itself). However, all such sections have been written to create a bizarre sense of tonality (and that's a big Luigi "No-No" by twelve-tone standards). In this sense I am indeed a serial killer but, to my ears, I much prefer this twisted take on tonality and all of the genre-hopping it makes possible: harmonically and stylistically. For those of you who keep track of such things, the tuning is not the equal temperament of most 20th century composers but in Werckmeister III, the well-tempered tuning that Bach used. This way, each chord has its own flavor, however subtle, that sets it apart from all others and only adds to the slighty disturbed quality of this piece.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone who might want to create their own mental scenario but, here are the names of the sections as I imagined a possible narrative:

Part One - The Set-Up

Main Title & The Accident
Nine Months Later
Daily Living (Gnossienne No. 3.5)
Baiting the Trap
Going for a Drive

Part Two - The Pay-Off

Hitchhiker No. 3
Unsuspecting Victim
Under the Knife
Evening Prayer
New Day to FACE
End Title


Album notes by Patrick Grant, Autumn 2001, NYC

25 JUN 13


Testing 1-2-3


21 JUN 13

Broken Record! The World's Largest Electronic Keyboard Ensemble!
Co-produced by Peppergreen Media

175 Keyboards on Cornelia Street in NYC to break the record according to Guinness.

More pictures HERE: http://tinyurl.com/k3cae4y

18 JUN 13

Featured Event - June 21

More iNFO HERE: http://tinyurl.com/kcvdd8v

16 JUN 13

"Dad's Detroit - a video memoir" for Father's Day, 16 min.

Dad's Detroit from Patrick Grant on Vimeo.

Direct link for viewing: http://vimeo.com/68445490

13 JUN 13

"Four Ambient Cellos #2" (2013) 18'02"

Listen here: http://tinyurl.com/laty55p

04 JUN 13

Happy Birthday, Judith Malina!

(Patrick Grant was composer & music director of the Living Theatre from 1990-1994. The company was funded by Judith Malina & Julian Beck. During Grant's tenure, Hanon Reznikov was its executive director and chief playwright)

"Patrick Grant composed a brilliantly energetic score for the play. Driven by live piano (played at full tilt by Patrick himself like a carnivalesque master-of-musical-ceremonies) and synthesized riffs, the music for 'The Rules of Civility' was more deeply embedded in the staging and in the company's consciousness than any written score with which I can remember our working."

This comes from the late Hanon Reznikov's "LIVING on Third Street," recounting the plays of the Living Theatre from 1989-1992. The "Rules of Civility" (based on a found text attributed to George Washington) was our mini-opera that protested the first Gulf War. All told, the piece had over 150 performances between 1991-1993 in the U.S. and in Europe. While performing the piece in Europe, the NY cast was musically lead my my dear friend Michael Shenker, another soul lost too soon. Reznikov writes:

"Michael Shenker, a talented musician and community activist, ran the show in New York, using a synthesizer set in clavichord mode which created a special, period kind of elegance unlike Patrick Grant's music-hall acoustic piano, although Patrick's razor-sharp, driving sense of rhythm infused the actors onstage with an obsessional dynamism that set the play aglow on tour and somehow, was bombastic in a way well suited to the 'we'll tell you have to behave' attitude inherent in the text and gave it epic stature."

Published by Autonomedia (c) 2008

01 JUN 13

PG Partners with ComposersCollaborative to Break World Record on June 21

Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village (near W. 4th St and Sixth Ave)
11:00am – 2:00pm

Make Music New York presents the world premiere of Jed Distler's Broken Record, a piece composed for 175 battery-powered Yamaha keyboards and one Yamaha acoustic grand piano on Cornelia Street in the West Village on Friday, June 21st. There will be two performances at 11am and 12 Noon in front of the Cornelia Street Café.

This is a special featured event as part of Make Music New York's popular Mass Appeal series. Players will include luminaries of the piano world, local amateur pianists, school children, and city officials. Highlighted guests: Eleonor Sandresky, Kathleen Supové, Gene Pritsker, Patrick Grant, Joseph Pehrson, Simon Mulligan, Andrew Byrne, Robert Paterson, Victoria Paterson, Taka Kigawa, Stephen Gosling, Darynn Zimmer, Molly Mokorski, Alexandra Honigsberg, Tristan McKay, 15 year-old Christopher McGinnis and many (many) more.

This performance will set a new Guinness Book record for the world's largest keyboard ensemble. Following the performance, Yamaha will donate all of the keyboards to the New York City Department of Education. This event is produced in collaboration with ComposersCollaborative Inc, Peppergreen Media, the Cornelia Street Café, Yamaha and Viacom.

How to Join: Come make musical history! The 30-minute piece will be performed twice, in the late morning and early afternoon. The music is extremely easy to perform and coordinate, and there are even parts for those without any keyboard skills! Click HERE to register, watch this video for an introduction to the piece, or email Pierre at pierre@makemusicny.org with any questions.

29 MAY 13

REVIEW: Robert Fripp & The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists - The Patriot Ledger

I heard the sounds of silence Friday  night.

Not Paul Simon’s famed Sixties ditty but Robert Fripp’s arguably weird concert experiment in a 243-year-old church in Cambridge.

It happened almost at the end of a 90-minute long performance by an eclectic ensemble of 70 very accomplished guitarists. The musicians—with guitars strapped around their shoulders—lined themselves in the front, back and aisles of the congregational section to form a tight circle around the audience seated in the pews. Instead of strumming on their instruments, which is the way we’re accustomed to hearing a guitar played, each musician picked on a single note—assigned to him or her.

When plucked all at the same time, the notes sounded more like wind chimes than music. Then, the guitarists played their notes one at a time, creating a sound that traveled around the church in a counter-clockwise direction. While striking their notes, the musicians also jerked the head of their guitars towards the next performer, creating a sort of “Wave” effect, we see at Boston Red Sox games at Fenway Park. As the tinkling-bell-like sound traveled around the church, it grew quieter and quieter until it went totally silent.

But the guitarists continued to jerk their guitars towards one another passing along—as it were—their un-played note. The note was passed around several more times. I couldn’t hear the note (because it was silent) but I could see it in “The Wave,” going around the audience again and again. And again and again. Like an astronomer peering through a giant telescope at dark matter out in space, I realized then that, for the first time in my life, I was staring at the dark energy of sound. If there is negative matter, then what I saw was definitely negative sound. I not only saw it, I swear, I heard it.

I must apologize. The only descriptive word that comes to mind is—weird-- giving any one who attended the performance by Robert Fripp and The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists VII at First Church at Cambridge’s Harvard Square the right to call it whatever they’d like. The guitarists—all of whom looked like they could, in a moment’s notice, segue into a rousing rendition of Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena,” played single notes, or an occasional chord, throughout the evening, while standing or walking around in stiff-back postures. They formed circles and semicircles and lines and various other configurations as they played. At times they even mimed Tai-Chi-like movements with one hand as they marched in formation.

Fripp, the group leader, looked on--like a general over his troops--from a slight distance at various times during the performance. He barked out commands occasionally in words that only the troupe understood. And when he moved from command spot to command spot, his gait was more like a tiptoeing act than a walk, to keep his black leather shoes from making a sound on the hardwood floors of the church.

The graying bespectacled Brit is no stranger to the world of music. He is the Robert Fripp of the progressive rock bank King Crimson and venerable band member of a sundry of well knowns such as David Bowie, Peter Gabriel, Daryl Hall, Talking Heads and Blondie.

After first looming into the public eye in the 1960s, his passion for the guitar morphed into a Zen-like discipline of tireless study and then into “Guitar Craft,” which is the name of a course he has taught on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean in various academic capacities. Many members of The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists are former and current “Guitar Craft” students. Part of Fripp’s allure is his uncanny ability to transform the hard-rock guitar into an instrument of the avant-garde.

Even the tuning of 70 guitars all at once in a room in midperformance sounds like a symphonic exercise. At the end, Fripp and his guitarists received a standing ovation, amplified with the stomping of feet on the church’s wooden floor. Not once but twice, the audience called for encores.


15 MAY 13

ROBERT FRIPP & the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists VII
Tickets still available for Boston and Hadley, MA

Robert Fripp and the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists VII
Special Performance Project

Sunday May 26
Saint Marks Church in-the-Bowery

131 East 10th Street
New York, NY 10003
Doors: 3pm

Showtime: 4pm

What is The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists?

One possible answer is a lot of people making a lot of noise with guitars. Sometimes they even perform in public, as in Spain, Italy, Argentina, and in the USA, in places like Hadley, Boston, Seattle and New York City.

Another possible answer is a specialized study in the self-organizing properties of complex wholes. How does Intelligence act in and through many individuals, coming together as one? What if a high level of Conscious or Creative Intelligence needed to enter this world, what kind of body or vehicle would it need?

The global challenges we face, to be addressed by current and following generations, are beyond the capacity of individuals to meet. Solutions are more likely to be found in groups and networks than in the efforts of individuals acting alone.

The quality of solution required, to problems now of global proportion, is creative; that is, at the level of genius. The solitary, individual genius is, by definition, solitary and individual. The question, then, is how may we cultivate and develop group genius?

Come share in the spectacle that is the Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists!

Get tickets HERE

09 MAY 13

A MUSICAL SACRIFICE: New York Times Critics' Pick

Kathleen Supove, piano & James Moore, guitar
Friday, May 10 at 8pm
Streaming live: http://littledoglive.com/LittleDogLive/TNM.html

Joshua Lopes - Boots for the Stouthearted
Jacob TV - Saudade
Daniel Felsenfeld - Golliwog Agonistes (from Cakewalking)
Florent Ghys - Bouquet Garni
Lisa R. Coons - A Quiet Struggle
Patrick Grant - Three Times One Minus One
Terry Riley - Simone's Lullaby

03 MAY 13

SHROOM TRIP OPERA by Joseph Keckler - BBC America Video

Here is a video of an aria from April's month-long run of "I AM AN OPERA" at Dixon Place. Joseph will appear on BBC America's "The Nerdist" on Saturday, May 4th, at 10 PM EST.

28 APR 13

Tribeca New Music 2013 Festival

"Three Times One Minus One"
a world premiere for piano, electric guitar, & pre-recorded track
performed by
Kathleen Supove & James Moore's new duo A Musical Sacrifice

Program note: "This work began last year as a solo piece for Robert Fripp's Guitar Circle Course that was called Dude, Where's My Band? and its themes were elaborated on in further sketches until it earned the Beckettian working title of To Find a Form That Accommodates the Mess. A computer meltdown prevented that version's premiere so, it was shelved until another opportunity, this one in fact, would arise. When pressed for a title (for this almost unrecognizable variant) the name of the fictional R&B duo from HBO's Mr. Show seemed perfect for this finalized version for Supove & Moore plus track - Three Times One Minus One.'


25 APR 13

I AM AN OPERA - Last 2 Performances

More iNFO HERE: http://www.dixonplace.org/html/Keckler_Apr13.html

09 APR 13

"I Am an Opera" Opens at Dixon Place

Joseph Keckler's "I Am an Opera" Opens at Dixon Place

A highly subjective musical take on what it means not only to write an opera, but to encompass and even embody one in the modern age of internet witnessed its world premiere launching on April 5th at Dixon Place, New York City’s “Laboratory for Performance.” Written, composed and performed by ASCAP member Joseph Keckler, this conceptual tour-de-force also provided a vehicle for fellow ASCAP member Patrick Grant, collaborating as music producer, with violin arrangements added to the artistic mix by Dan Bartfield. Directed by Uwe Mengel, this highly operatic exposure of Keckler’s inner subconscious, transparent at its most ridiculous and sublime, is propelled through a multi-media series of phantasmagoric tableaux with many an unexpected turn. “I Am an Opera” steadily escalates with its unspoken pronouncement that life, especially at its most primal and personal, is supreme artistic game. Performances will take place on Friday and Saturday evenings throughout the month of April.


02 APR 13

Joseph Keckler in the NY Times

Read the March 31 interview HERE
All part of the build up leading to...

Joseph Keckler


Created and performed by Joseph Keckler
Director - Uwe Mengel
Music Producer - Patrick Grant
Lighting by Ben Kato
Video design w/ Ned Stresen-Reuter & Laura Terruso
Costume elements by Andy Jordan
Add'l Musical Arrangments by Dan Bartfield

161 Chrystie Street, New York, NY
(212) 219-0736


29 MAR 13

PG Interview on the MMiXdown - Backtracks

"Ever wonder where Tilted Axes creator Patrick Grant finds inspiration for those infectious riffs? We’ll find out on this edition of BACKTRACKS, when a 4 year old future composer discovers his musical destiny on TV."

Listen to Patrick’s story HERE

25 MAR 13

TILTED EXCESS – Mobile Guitars in the Media

Tilted Axes Detroit: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

Procession for the First Day of Spring, March 20, 2013
Media Coverage

Names & Faces

Photo set


Cover story

B&W photo essay




Ann Delisi’s Essential Music
Craig Fahle Show

Current State interview


A blog in Belgium
A blog in Michigan

13 MAR 13

TILTED AXES Cover Story in the Metro Times:

The pioneer of the electric guitar procession brings the phenomenon home to Detroit
By Michael Jackman

Read it HERE:

09 MAR 13

Interview on WDET's "Ann Delisi's Essential Music"

Here's an interview that aired today on WDET's "Ann Delisi's Essential Music" where we describe TILTED AXES DETROIT and put out the call for even more electric guitarists and other participants.

Listen to the interview HERE: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TAD-Delisi.mp3

08 MAR 13

New Video of TILTED AXES 2012 NYC by Sergio Ortiz

A new video just sent to me of the Make Music Winter Dec. 21, 2012 performance of TILTED AXES by Sergio Ortiz.

Musicians: Cristian Amigo, Angela Babin, Alex Baxter, Dan Cooper, Nick Didkovsky, David Gould, Randolph Hudson, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Cesare Papetti, Gene Pritsker, Izzi Ramkissoon, Larry Simon, Mark Stewart, & Patrick Grant.

06 MAR 13

TILTED AXES DETROIT in the Detroit Free Press

27 FEB 13

TILTED AXES DETROIT: Press Release, Route Map, & Kick-Off Event

* Want to be a part? Guitarists please click HERE

Press contact: TAD2013@peppergreenmedia.com
Download the PDF press release HERE
Web page: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TAD2013.html

In celebration of the first day of spring on March 20, Detroit-born NYC composer and performer Patrick Grant will create Tilted Axes Detroit: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, a procession of over two dozen musicians that will move its way through Midtown Detroit with stops at key locations between 12:30 and 2:00 PM. (See map above)

The project is an ensemble made up of local musicians, in this case Detroit’s which, through preparation and rehearsal at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, will perform a variety of music created by Grant that is to be played in processional and stationary formations, much of it created specifically for the event. While there will be solos from local musicians that will be showcased, the overall musical message of the event is that of a unified ensemble made up of talent that comes from diverse backgrounds.

“I’ve been hoping to bring a musical project back to my hometown for some time now,” says Grant. “It seems like we really hit on something with the Tilted Axes project and it seemed to be the perfect thing to do in Detroit. It’s a well-known fact that Detroit has created numerous musical talents, far more than most. I’m positive that the music we’ll make will sound magnificent and like no other.“

The musicians will be accompanied by percussion and play their instruments through small but powerful mini-amps they are given that clip onto their belts. The procession has banner carriers and performers that hold up signs from which the musicians and the public are aware of name and purpose of each music section. More importantly, this aspect informs any of the unsuspecting public that it is the first day of Spring and that they are invited to celebrate it and rock out with Tilted Axes Detroit.

The Tilted Axes project began as a Winter Solstice event for Make Music New York in 2011. Its name derives from the axial tilt of the Earth, the causes our seasonal changes, as well as incorporating the word “axe,” the well-known nickname for the electric guitar.

One of these events will be a solo performance & kick-off event by Patrick Grant at PJ’s Lager House, 1254 Michigan Ave. in Detroit, on Sunday, March 17 at 6:00 PM. Admission to the public is $5.

Also, Grant will be making appearances on WDET 101.9 FM and will be featured in the Metro Times leading up to Tilted Axes Detroit.

Interested musicians and other participants are asked to visit the project’s web page at: http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/TAD2013.html (applicants please click HERE). There they will find out information as to what will be required of them and how to apply. The deadline for applicants is March 14. The public can also go to this page for further event information, a procession map, and other events leading up to this project.

Tilted Axes Detroit is sponsored by
Midtown Detroit Inc. and Peppergreen Media with the support of our partners Cafagna Arts, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, The Detroit Artists Market, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Majestic Theater, The Metro Times, The Motor City Brewing Works, PJ’s Lager House, Wayne State University, and WDET 101.9 FM Radio.

05 FEB 13

TILTED AXES DETROIT: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars - March 20, 2013

It's official: Tilted Axes comes to Detroit on March 20th, the first day of Spring. Stay tuned for more details coming February 25 HERE

03 JAN 13

On January 25 at 7:30 PM, Con Edison Composer-in-Residence Patrick Grant presents a concert of works created and developed during his Fall 2012 residency at Turtle Bay Music School. Admission is free.

Grant performs excerpts from The Velcro Variations (2012) for electric guitar, keyboard, & electronics. Using the tools of classical compositional rigor and in-the-moment improvisation, the piece is a multi-movement journey that deconstructs and rebuilds rock and dispels the myth of the guitar hero. On Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars, he presents material created for this year’s Make Music Winter NYC procession that was performed on the streets of Lower Manhattan on Dec. 21st. For this performance he will be joined by some of the musicians from that event and will roam the space around the audience in “…a moving, polyphonic sound cloud layered in compelling, electric rhythms.” The program includes Seven Years at Sea (Sept ans sur mer) and Breaking Butterflies Upon a Wheel.

Participating musicians include Cristian Amigo, Angela Babin, Dan Cooper, Randolph Hudson III, Daniel Reyes Llinas, Cesare Papetti, & Gene Pritsker.

Complete iNFO

27 DEC 12


See it HERE

24 DEC 12

TILTED AXES 2012 - Photos, Video, Audio, & Slideshow by GUITARKADIA

See them HERE

17 DEC 12

TILTED AXES 2011 - Documentary & Slideshow by GUITARKADIA

Emon Hassan

Watch the documentary HERE

"The first Tilted Axes, a guitar parade masterminded by NYC composer, Patrick Grant, took place on December 21, 2011, in lower Manhattan as part of Make Music Winter. 16 guitar players took part in the event. This is a documentary about the events leading up to the parade, and the parade."

14 DEC 12

One Week from Today:
TILTED AXES 2012 - Music for Mobile Electric Guitars

TILTED AXES 2012 - Q&A with Guitarkadia
text to accompany the mini-documentary coming out Monday, Dec. 17

Guitarkadia: What surprised you about the first guitar procession in terms of the event, musicians and the response you'd gotten from New Yorkers that night?

PG: The great thing about doing anything new is that you never know what kind of response you'll get until you put it up before the public. I thought that by going through the East Village and up to Union Square was that we'd get that typical "I've seen this before" attitude. But we didn't because they hadn't! We all remember the countless faces breaking out into smiles as we wound our way through the city streets. That's hard to forget. We'll be doing a variation on that same route this year making sure to pass Rivington Guitars on E. 4th Street, a key supporter of this event. As always, I'm looking at every weather almanac out there. The one element, literally, that is always unknown and that will keep us adjusting variables up until the event.

Guitarkadia: When did you know you'd do another process the following year? Conceptually, how did you want to approach doing the music differently?

PG: I was wondering myself if we'd do it again. Things went well last year, many aspects just fell into place, so I was wary of asking lightning to strike twice. I was encouraged by a number of things. First off would be Aaron Friedman, the founder of Make Music New York. We met for lunch throughout the year and kicked around a number of ideas but this one kept coming back. Many of the musicians from last year were already looking forward to it as that I had "begun a tradition." The deciding factor was when I received a Con Edison Musician Residency at the Turtle Bay Music School for Composition. This year's procession is due, in a large part, to that award.

Musically, I didn't want to change things too much, I didn't want to re-invent the wheel on this one. Since I'm producing this event, I always start with a number of scenarios and kick them around to various potential sponsors and organizations and see what takes hold. I seem to start out with big, impossible ideas and, eventually, reality whittles those down to something possible. I will reverse this process in the future but that's how it started. At one point I wondered if the musicians in the group could contribute music, that was when there was a possibility of this event ending as an actual concert, but that quickly became too unwieldy for what was eventually required. However, if we can form a solid core from this event, I would look forward to that in the future.

This year, we are keeping the main theme and playing variations upon it. Remember, when we are in the procession, our ideal audience member is the unsuspecting person on the street: they never hear a beginning or end to the music. It's a loop. However, what will be truly different this year is that, along the route, there will be something like 7 stations where we will stop and create a circle or some other formation. This will give us an opportunity to play atmospheric music upon which there can be a featured soloist. Then we will resume the procession and move to the next station. I believe that these moments will have a great musical effect.

Guitarkadia: Can you tell me a little about the route this year, the gear, and the launching point, which is Joe's Pub?

PG: When I proposed this event last year, I found that it left a lot of potential partners scratching their heads as to what exactly was I talking about. Now that the idea of an electric guitar procession is established, it was much easier for people to get behind it. Aaron Friedman connected us with Joe's Pub. They liked the idea. One thing I learned last year was that having the starting and ending point being two different locations created logistical problems in terms of the players' guitar cases and other personals. We had to have a rented car follow us around. This year, having the start and end point be the same, Joe's Pub, makes everything easier. We will end in the newly renovated lobby of Joe's and, I'll tell you right now, it's going to sound great there with all the natural reverb.

Also, we'll be using Marshall MS-2 mini-amps this year, a step up in getting that iconic electric guitar sound. There'll be last year's Danelectro HoneyTones for back up and last minute additions but I'm very happy with the Marshalls. They're really crunchy sounding if one plays chords but I'd like the ensemble to play as monophonically as possible this year because those little amps have a killer sustain like you won't believe, truly living up to the Marshall name. Another thing we learned from last year is that different guitars eat up the battery power differently. We'll have plenty of batteries on hand and can also make use of the 7 stations along the route as battery pit stops if needed.

Guitarkadia: You must have a host of new musicians participating this year. How is the lineup different, or same, from last year?

PG: For this year's event, I first put out the call to everybody that participated last year and half are coming back. Everybody wanted to do it but many would be out of town, it being so close to the holidays. I broadened the search to include guitarists I've always wanted to work with or that I've met within the course of the year. All of these guys are great. Many of them I feel almost too lucky to have but I'm glad I do. Stylistically everybody is across the board so the tricky thing for us to do is, while incorporating our differences to find the commonality that holds our respective practices together and build from that. There'll be room for everybody to individually shine within the procession's framework but it must come from a dedication to the ensemble's sound first.

Guitarkadia: Are you still accepting/inviting musicians to take part in the procession? Do you expect non-musicians to participate as well this year?

PG: There's always room for a few late-comers but that always boils down to available mini-amps and their ability to be available for the couple of rehearsals we have scheduled. In many ways, this event is tailored to those who are present so the sooner I know that, the better the result will be. There have been similar events where musicians just show up and jam on well-known standards but our event is different, it's original. That requires a little more dedication on the ensemble's part if it is to be, as we all hope, good music, on top of everything else that will be happening.

-NYC, December 2012

30 NOV 12

3 Weeks from Today in NYC


27 NOV 12

Three Pieces to be Performed on the Composers Concordance Festival NYC: Nov 30-Dec. 4

NOV 30
New York City

First concert of the
Composers Concordance Festival II: 'Evolution'

November 30th at 8pm at Spectrum
121 Ludlow Street, 2nd floor, NYC - Tickets $10




DEC 02
New York City

Third concert of the
Composers Concordance Festival II: 'Evolution'

Composers Play Composers Marathon
Instrumentation: Solo, Duo, Trio
30 Composer-Performers

Sunday, December 2nd from 3pm to 7pm at Drom NYC
85 Avenue A, NYC, Tickets $15 (includes one drink)


This piece is made possible by the The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program administered by Exploring the Metropolis



DEC 04
New York City

"Cures" from "Genome: The Autobiography of a Species"
arranged for clarinet, horn, trumpet, violin, piano, voice, electric guitar, electric bass, & glockenspiel.

Composers Concordance Ensemble
Tuesday, December 4th at 7:30pm at Shapeshifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn
Tickets $10


This arrangement is made possible by the The Con Edison Musicians’ Residency: Composition Program administered by Exploring the Metropolis

"Cures" (2003 rev. 2012) is a movement from the larger work "Genome: The Autobiography of a Species," loosely based on the book of the same name by Matt Ridley. Its structure is in 23 parts in that each section represents a chromosome in the human genome. The musical work takes the title of each of its parts after Ridley's naming of the chapters in his book where he emphasizes a particular characteristic of each one in order to create a narrative. “Cures,” a quasi-passacaglia arranged for the Composers Concordance Ensemble, represents the 18th chromosome of the human genome. The complete work was premiered with video projection at the Annina Nosei Gallery in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA and was made possible in part by CUNY's Science & the Arts performance series. http://www.patrickgrant.com/genome.htm


07 NOV 12

Excerpts from The Velcro Variations November 16th in NYC...
INTAR Roots & New Music Festival

Complete festival iNFO HERE

09 OCT 12

Exploring the Metropolis' interview with Patrick Grant, composer & performer

10 Questions

1. You have a huge compositional range - scoring for theatre, film, dance, concert and more. Did you start out in one genre, or were you always looking for collaborations?

2. You moved to NYC in the mid-80s. Could you describe the new music scene then? What elements have changed or stayed the same?

3. Your collaborations include working with theatrical giants such as Robert Wilson, Gerald Thomas, The Living Theatre to creating music installations at The Louvre. How did they shape or influence your creative work?

4. You’ve taken three trips to Bali to study gamelan. When did you take these trips, and how have they influenced your work?

5. In light of your impressive compositional range, do you have a singular approach when it comes to deciding upon a composition or project? Or are there many factors that come into play?

6. We’re curious as to how you came to work with John Cage’s production team? And produce your first recordings in Philip Glass’ studios?

7. You created International Strange Music Day, a real holiday that’s celebrated on August 24. Could you describe how you conceived of this musical holiday and its activities?

8. You’ve been an active performer, curator and producer of many NYC events for almost thirty years, what are some of your favorite spots from over the years?

9. As an active and multi-talented artist, what keeps you motivated and fresh? What are some future project ideas?

10. Could you describe your plans for your Con Edison Musicians' Residency at Turtle Bay Music School?

Read the complete unedited interview HERE

06 OCT 12

PG Recieves an ASCAP Plus Award for Composition

The ASCAP Plus Awards program provides cash and recognition to writers who create music with a value beyond the scope of performance surveys.


03 SEP 12

Terry Riley's "In C" @ ComposersCollaborative Season Kick-Off

Photos by Jocelyn Gonzales

30 AUG 12

IN & AROUND C by Nouveau Classical Project @ Gallery 128

Photos by Jocelyn Gonzales

25 AUG 12

iNTERNATIONAL STRANGE MUSIC DAY Performance Soiree @ Spectrum

Photos by Erick Gonzales

Complete event iNFO at http://www.peppergreenmedia.com/ISMD2012.html

13 AUG 12

PROG GNOSIS: Patrick Grant @ the NYX Festival

photos by Jocelyn Gonzales

on the whole festival HERE

01 AUG 12

International sTRANGE mUSIC Day Performance Soiree

International sTRANGE mUSIC Day Performance Soiree
Fryday, August 24th @ SPECTRUM, 121 Ludlow St., NYC
8PM-11PM, tickets $10 at the door

Hosted by Patrick Grant


Angela Babin + Cristian Amigo = Much Les Paul
The Dreamscape Floppies
Now Eleonor Sandresky
Gene Pritsker's Cage ReUnMixed
An Intimate Moment w/ Glenn Cornett
Hotdog Snotty R.I.P.
Jesse Krakow's Greatest Hits
Micro-Tons o' Fun
w/ Johnny Reinhard
Jolly Ramey
(Steve Carter & Maddi Horstmenn)

Card Tricks with Kathleen Supove
(Kurt Gottschalk vs. Tamara Yadao)
Miguel Frasconi LLC
Symphony Baby
& Wormhole Chili
and Jed Distler as himself

...plus everybody's favorite...
Zero Boy

or check out the Facebook event page at

26 JUL 12

2012-2013 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence - Exploring the Metropolis

Announcing the 2012-13 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence

(New York City - July 26, 2012) Exploring the Metropolis is pleased to announce the eight composers chosen for the 2012-13 Con Edison Musicians' Residency: Composition Program.  These eight composers will begin their residencies in September.  
In its fourth year, this residency program will provide composers with a stipend and three months of free workspace in cultural and community facilities. All composers must complete one free public program in cooperation with the host facility. The four host cultural facilities are Bloomingdale School of Music, Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy, Flushing Town Hall, and Turtle Bay Music School.

The eight composers are: Guy Barash, Jeff Fairbanks, Patrick Grant, Gabrielle Herbst, Molly Herron, Elizabeth Lim, Theodore Metz and Jeff Myers. The 2012-13 Composers-in-Residence are active in the New York music community, and have had works performed in diverse and innovative venues, such as The Stone, Galapagos Art Space, Roulette, HERE Arts Center, New York City Opera, and Issue Project Room.  Their work spans classical, musical theater, pop, opera, jazz and electronic.  
Composers were chosen by a jury of professional musicians, composers, curators and administrators.  Composers were chosen based on artistic merit and suitability of their proposed project for the host organization.  Panelists will be announced in the coming days. For the second year, the New York Foundation for the Arts generously donated space for panel deliberations.

The Con Edison Musicians' Residency: Composition Program is funded by Consolidated Edison, Credit Suisse, the George L. Shields Foundation, the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Foundation, AOH Foundation, DJ McManus Foundation and individuals. The Con Edison Musicians' Residency: Composition Program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and Office of Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

More information on the 2012-13 Con Edison Composers-in-Residence can be found on the Exploring the Metropolis website

21 JUL 12

"CRANBERRY SOURCE" - variations for chamber orchestra & rock band

Cranberry Source, a set of variations for chamber orchestra & rock band, celebrates the 45th anniversary of the Beatles' 1967 landmark 45 RPM single "Strawberry Fields Forever."

This project imagines a set of interconnected musical miniatures as heard through the original's unique instrumentation, musical forces that combined successfully, and arguably for the first time, the fields of popular, classical, and world music.

That instrumentation, as orchestrated by Beatles' producer George Martin for the original recording, consists of: 4 trumpets, 2 electric guitars, swarmandel (an Indian zither), piano, mellotron (flutes), timpani, guiro, maracas, tambourine, 3 celli, electric bass guitar, drum kit, and of course, vocals.


Strawberry Fields Forever

Words and Music by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Copyright (c) 1967 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Copyright Renewed
This arrangement (c) 2012 Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
All Rights Administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC,
8 Music Square West, Nashville, TN 37203
International Copyright Secured All Rights Reserved

18 JUL 12

Call for Proposals - Deadline July 27, 2012: International Strange Music Day Performance Soiree

Call for Proposals - Deadline July 27, 2012: International Strange Music Day Performance & Par-tay, August 24, 2012 at Spectrum, 121 Ludlow Street, NYC

For all the serious work we do, here's one just for fun. August 24th is International Strange Music Day. It's a real holiday, yes it is, look it up. To celebrate we're looking for musical and performance based acts that are 7-10 min. in length that require minimal set-up. A sound system, some amps & drum backline, a Steinway D grand piano, and video projection are available.

If you're already a musician, use it as an opportunity to reveal your guilty pleasures, break out of your comfort zone, work off some bad karma. If you're not, if you've been harboring hidden talents usually reserved for last call, need to get that Performance Art monkey off your back, or just plain old lost a bet, this is the place for you too.

You've suffered for your art, now it's our turn.

Most importantly, use this as an opportunity to share unusual sounds, unusual instrumentation, and unusual compositions rarely heard or new ones that will never be heard from again. This is the night.

Send proposals to info@strangemusic.com with "ISMD" as the subject by midnight July 27th. Your work will be carefully reviewed by our esteemed panel of musicologists and social scientists for an announced line up during the first week of August. There will be a suggested donation at the door for the event that will be split between the performers and the house. At least you'll be able to get home.

Fun can be a very serious thing.

Good luck.

15 JUL 12

- Schedule Announced


A festival that celebrates the historical interaction between the genres of classical Experimental Music and Progressive Rock since their beginning and into the 21st century.

Spectrum, a recently-opened new-music performance venue in NYC's Lower East Side, presents the NYX Festival: Three days of music where Experimentalism and Prog Rock merge. Since the last century, these two genres have shared a number of key features: the free use of emerging technologies by way of synthesizers & electronics, ambitious musical structures, asymmetric time signatures and, notably, virtuosic performance involving "traditionally-amplified" electric guitars and their kin as well as “traditionally-acoustic” instruments such as piano. The NYX Festival has a line-up of highly-talented and exciting musicians from NYC and elsewhere. This will be an enjoyable, envelope-expanding experience for participants, both audience and performers alike.

at 7:30 PM, doors open at 7:00 PM, tickets $15.
Chapman Stick Night hosted by Greg Howard with
Brett Bottomley
Rob Martino
Steve Adelson
Michael Bernier
Bright Brown
and Greg Howard.

from 2:00 PM until midnight, doors open at 1:30 PM, tickets $10 for individual acts or $25 for an All Day Pass.
2:00 PM: ensemble et al.
3:30 PM: David Smooke & Courtney Orlando
5:00 PM: Erbium
6:30 PM: TBA
8:00 PM: Little Worlds - Bartok's Mikrokosmos Re-imagined 
9:30 PM: Sarcaustic - Ron Anderson, Tim Dahl, & Weasel Walter

from 2:00 PM until 10:30 PM, doors open at 1:30 PM, tickets $10 for individual acts or $25 for an All Day Pass.
2:00 PM: Damien Olsen & Robert Pepper
3:30 PM: Brad & Doug Balliett
5:00 PM: Prog Gnosis: Patrick Grant
6:30 PM: Blair McMillen / Melody Fader
7:30 PM: MoeTar (from CA)
9:00 PM: miRthkon (from CA)

3-Day Festival Passes are $45
- all tickets on sale soon

About The NYX Festival
The NYX Festival of Experimental and Prog Music is a three-day celebration of the interplay of classical (“traditionally acoustic”) and rock (traditionally amplified”) music.  The festival brings under one roof virtuoso performers from both fields, many of the being active in both as classical and rock musicians.  NYX is taking place at Spectrum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, and is sponsored by the New Spectrum Foundation.  The festival’s Co-Directors are composer/performer Patrick Grant and biotechnology entrepreneur Glenn Cornett.

More iNFO at www.spectrumnyx.org

15 JUN 12

Spectrum Announces the NYX Festival

NYX is a festival that celebrates the historical interaction of experimental music (emerging technology, synthesizers, computers, etc.), along with virtuosic perfomnce, asymetric time signtures, ambitious musical structures, etc. with "traditionally-amplified music" (e. .g, involving electric guitars).  This is intended to be an envelope-expanding experience for its participants (both audience and perfoirmers), but also to be enjoyable.


23-29 MAY 12

The Guitar Circle of North America
with Robert Fripp

The Orchestra of Crafty Guitarists logo by Steve Ball

"Dude, Where's My Band?" aka "There's No Place Like Home"
NST Guitar Solo, 26 May 2012, Royalston, MA

MAY 12

Composers Concordance at the Bohemian National Hall, May 18, NYC

Photos by Jocelyn Gonzales

18 MAY 12

Composers Concordance Records and the Czech Center present

Ladies First

Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73rd Street NYC

Friday, May 18

Held at New York City’s historic Bohemian National Hall, this event is brought to you by Milica Paranosic, Keve Wilson, and Lynn Bechtold.

The Bohemian National Hall, a venerable hub of New York’s Czech and Slavic culture since the 19th century, sets the tone for the evening. A special award will be created by NYC artist Cecilia Mandrile.

Event Details:

7 - 8PM – Opening Reception and Video Installation
The evening commences with a reception and video installation which will present interviews of women whose works have made a significant contribution to cultural life. The film will involve notable women of all fields:

Composer Gloria Coates, Co-Founder of Sing for Hope Camille Zamora, Micalea Ferreira of ARTErra - residências rurais artísticas, ABC news producer Christine Romo, Lara Land of Land Yoga, celebrated photographer Theresa Ortolani, award winning author and founder of the Storylines Project, Neela Vaswani, Anja Wood, co-founder of The Lelt Foundation, and many others.

8 - 9:30pm - Concert
Conceived as a flowing voyage through times and Bohemian aesthetics, this concert will present music of past and present performed by New York's finest chamber musicians.

Music by:
Lynn Bechtold, Peter Breiner, Dan Cooper, Antonin Dvorak, Lady Gaga, Patrick Grant, Vitezslava Kapralova, Alvin Lucier, Alma Mahler, Milica Paranosic, Astor Piazzolla, Gene Pritsker, and Keve Wilson. Three compositions will receive their world premiers: Milica Paranosic's "New Bohemian Suite", Gene Pritsker's "Ladies First Tango" and a new piece by Peter Breiner.

Performers include:
Milica Paranosic, Lynn Bechtold, Keve Wilson, Irina Chirkova, Dan Barrett, Peter Breiner, Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant, Taka Kigawa, Gene Pritsker

9:30 - 11pm After-party
Please join us for mingling and food sponsored by Balls Vodka, Trader Joe's, Kafana, Pain D'Avignon, Orwashers Bakery and Chez Jacqueline.
The women of Ladies First will wear jewelry by Sequin Jewelry and scarves by Elizabeth Gillett.

For more information, please go to:
or to buy tickets: www.ladiesfirstnyc.eventbrite.com

21 APR 12

MAY 4 & 5
Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, BRAZIL

Written and directed by Gerald Thomas
Performed by Cia. dos Atores' Marcelo Olinto

Original music & sound design by Patrick Grant
Lighting & stage design by Caetano Vilela
Movement preparation by Daniella Visco
Sound operator Rodrigo Marçal

The 7th Festival Palco Giratório SESC
in the Teatro Renascença at 9:00 PM
Av. Érico Veríssimo, 307 - (51) 3289 8066

An Intense Spectacle:
Marcelo Olinto, one of the founders of the Cia. dos Atores, will be seen here under the direction of the legendary Gerald Thomas to carry the torn and heartbreaking tale of a man who wants an end to the disasters that are befalling his body. "I'm hurt .. I'm hurt," he whispers, screams, anguished in the opening scenes. (The piece's) lighting and the music by Patrick Grant help to give weight and energy to a piece both intense and disturbing."

More information & tickets

17 APR 12

FALL 2012

Peppergreen Media presents a collaboration
New Spectrum & ComposersCollaborative

The Strawberry Fields Forever Project"

A concert of new music
created by contemporary composers and performers based upon the instrumentation of and in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the 1967 release of the Beatles' landmark 45 RPM single "Strawberry Fields Forever."

This project, made possible through permission from Sony/ATV, asks a number of notable composers to imagine new musical miniatures, no longer than 4 min. in duration, as heard through the original's unique instrumentation, musical forces that combined successfully, and arguably for the first time, the fields of popular, classical, and world music.

That instrumentation, as orchestrated by Beatles' producer George Martin for the recording, consists of: 4 trumpets, 2 electric guitars, swarmandel (an Indian zither), piano, mellotron (flutes), timpani, guiro, maracas, tambourine, 3 celli, electric bass guitar, drum kit, and of course, vocals.

The composers are invited to create original music for the full ensemble or any subset thereof, i.e. a trio for trumpet, cello, and bass guitar, a quartet for two celli, electric guitar and drums, etc. etc. These subsets will create unexpected musical textures coming from the whole, yet will still have the ingredients that communicate that Strawberry sound, a sound that went on to influence much of the popular music (and one could arguably say classical music through its use of close-mic recording techniques) in the year of 1967 and beyond to the present.


25 MAR 12

The MATA Festival Kicks Off April 17th

MATA composers speak out


9 MAR 12

THE LADDER OF RED @ Robert Wilson's Watermill Center

Created for ROBERT WILSON's WATERMILL BENEFIT 2002, THE RED NIGHT. Conceived, designed, & directed by ANDREY BARTENEV, original music by PATRICK GRANT (music a.k.a. "INFLUX"), text by CHRISTOPHER KNOWLES, stage managed by SUE JANE STOKER, produced by ROBERT WILSON, performed by the WATERMILL ARTISTS of 2002. http://watermillcenter.org

Music performed by: Patrick Grant (keyboard), Jed Distler (piano), Paul Desilva (organ), Keith Bonner (flute), Thomas P. Oberle (clarinet), Darryl Gregory (trombone), David Simons (percussion), Michael Evans (drums), Alejandra Mahave (viola), Grace Lin (cello), & Mark Steven Brooks (electric bass)

06 MAR 12

Primary Blue(s) - Super Tuesday Mix

Original music: Patrick Grant
Guitar solo: Nick Didkovsky

An early mix from the forthcoming CD,
"Driving Patterns"

05 FEB 12

Seven Years at Sea
(Sept ans sur mer)
Original music: Patrick Grant
Video edited from sources found-on-web

“Perhaps no other sailor's chantey can compare with 'Seven Years at Sea' for fame and historical interest. It is one of the most extensively traveled songs of European folk repertoires.

Best known on the shores of Brittany and Poitou where it seems to have originated, It has spread across France and followed the seacoast into neighboring countries, north and south.

It occurs in Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, Catalan, Portuguese, Spanish and Swiss (sic) versions. Thackeray adapted it for a humorous rhyme called 'Little Bille'.”

- from 'Our Singing Country' by John and Alan Lomax

The source recording for my version is sung by Elita, Mary & Ella Hoffpauir, recorded by Alan Lomax in Louisiana in 1942, and can be found on the anthology series A Treasury of Library of Congress Field Recordings, - Rounder CD 1500.

01 FEB 12

Breaking Butterflies Upon a Wheel
a time-lapse trip through America

Original music by Patrick Grant

31 JAN 12

Composer Patrick Grant
video profile by Jocelyn Gonzales

19 JAN 12

Composers Concordance Festival 2012 - TEASER


16 JAN 12

Composer Profile in Brazilian Theater Magazine ANTRO POSITIVO

Photo by Jocelyn Gonzales

Brazilan theater quarterly ANTRO POSITIVO contains a composer profile on pp. 40-41 in its latest edition.
Texts were contributed by Maria Pessino and Tom Walker.

See/read the magazine HERE

13 JAN 12

PRESS CONFERENCE for the Composers Concordance Festival 2012

January 27th at 5:30pm
Turtle Bay Music School
Em Lee Concert Hall
244 East 52nd St, NYC
(212) 753-8811

The panel will consist of three CompCord directors -
Dan Cooper, Milica Paranosic, & Gene Pritsker

plus representatives from each of the five concert events:

1. 'Songs'
Taka Kigawa

2. 'Composers Play Composers Marathon'
Jed Distler
Franz Hackl
Eleonor Sandresky
Michael Wolff

3. 'Electronics'
Mari Kimura

4. 'New Blues'
Patrick Grant

5. 'Ensemble'
Peter Jarvis

with moderator: Joel Chadabe

Composers Concordance Festival 2012, Jan 27 - Feb 6

11 JAN 12

Preview of the Upcoming Documentary Short "Patrick Grant: Tilted Axes"
by Emon Hassan for Guitarkadia

Watch the preview HERE

06 JAN 12

The Revolution Will Not Be Autotuned

This week on Public Radio International's STUDIO 360:

I speak with Jon Pareles, chief pop music critic for the NY Times, about the History of Audio Effects in Pop Music over the last 60 years in a segment hosted by Kurt Andersen and produced by Jocelyn Gonzales.

Locally, it airs in New York City on Saturdays at 4 PM on WNYC 93.9 FM. National times for the week will vary on PRI's affiliates.

Here's a link where it's available as a stream or as a podcast. Check it out if you can. Thx.


04 JAN 12

"The Mozart Influence" at the Austrian Cultural Forum

photos by Jocelyn Gonzales

JAN 03, 2012
New York City

Patrick Grant premiere: "The Emperor Responds to
Mozart's Request for a Raise" for baritone solo, horn, bass trombone, violin, cello, & electric bass, libretto by Anthony Burgess

The Austrian Cultural Forum NY
11 East 52nd Street
New York, NY 10022

NYC's quintessential multi-genre ensemble, The International Street Cannibals, performed a concert at The Austrian Cultural Forum whose thematic core is Mozart, his influences, and the stylistic and structural ramifications of his work.
Works by Gene Pritsker, Dan Barrett, Dan Cooper, Patrick Grant, John Clark, & Milica Paranosic were on the program.

Curated by Gene Pritsker

Complete program information HERE


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