Every once in a while, someone comes out with an extraordinary way to use their talents. Tilted Axes is one of those scenarios. The creator, Patrick Grant, has found a way to combine street theater, rock music and an experimental ensemble and turned it into something quite magical. They bring the music to their audience.

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 project has since found its way from New York to Detroit and Düsseldorf, Germany. In 2015, his processions performed all over the US, Europe and South America. The beautiful part of this is the members of Tilted Axes.

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 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 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.

Tilted Axes is by far one of the most unique use of guitars that I have seen. Check out the video below to find out more.

You can listen to their latest release called “Music for Mobile Guitars” here:

If you are interested in witnessing one of their events in person or would like to partake in one of their processions, follow them on their sites!




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