We’re back to bring you some new stories from the Tilted Axes circle of musicians. If you don’t know, Tilted Axes: Music for Mobile Electric Guitars is an orchestra of guitarists and percussionists led by composer/performer Patrick Grant. They perform original music with mini-amps strapped over their shoulders, moving through public spaces in museums, parks and city streets. Its roster of musicians can change from performance to performance, city to city. And you’re going to meet some of them in this series called “First Axe” - stories about first guitars.
Elisa Corona Aguilar a writer, translator, composer and guitarist from Mexico City, felt left out when her brother got a guitar and she didn't. In this episode she tell us how she finally got her own instrument, and how it still influences the music she makes today.
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On this episode, John Halo of hard-rock quartet Downtown Equipment is here to work on his Les Paul Standard while our host, Patrick Grant, changes the strings on an old friend, his sea-foam Fender Jaguar. John handles guitars, composition and vocals in his band, and he’s in charge of molding young minds as a program coordinator in the New York City public school system. We’ll find out how many guitars John actually owns and how he names them, and of course, he and Patrick will boot up and plug in for a special year-end jam.
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This time on the Strings and Things podcast, super-shredder Sudeip Ghosh is here to change the strings on his Dean Zelinsky guitar while our host, Patrick Grant, works on his trusty Les Paul. Sudeip grew up playing and singing Indian classical music, but a chance encounter with a hard rock mixtape ignited his dreams of power chord glory.
Sudeip will tell us how a one-string acoustic and a scarcity of guitar magazines tested his determination, and how he’s come into his own as a metal guitarist, a film composer, and a Bollywood musician. As always, we’ll put the new guitar strings thru their paces when Patrick and Sudeip plug in to record some rollicking riffs.
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Computer programmer, film composer and supreme shredder Sudeip Ghosh joins us on the next Strings and Things podcast. He'll be here to change the strings on his Dean Zelinsky guitar, while our host Patrick Grant works on his trusty black Les Paul. Sudeip will tell us how he discovered heavy metal while growing up in India, and we'll hear how totally underwhelming his first guitar was.
This is the Strings and Things podcast, where guitarists come by to change their strings, swap some stories and play some music. Look us up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and YouTube or visit our website at stringsandthingsshow.com.
Despite that first impression, Jeremy was inspired to add the 12-string tapping melodic bass to his arsenal of instruments by listening to Tony Levin's work with King Crimson and Peter Gabriel's solo albums. On this episode of Strings and Things, he relates to host Patrick Grant how his style of playing has developed over the years, from early childhood explorations of his Dad's vast vinyl collection, through his years listening to British new wave and to his interests in progressive rock and world music.
On the next Strings and Things podcast, bass player Jeremy Nesse is on tap to tell us about the albums and musicians who inspired him to pick up the Chapman Stick, and he’ll describe the pitfalls of playing such an unusual instrument. We’ll find out how his Dad handed down his deep love of music…and why Jeremy’s own son hasn’t quite caught the musical bug yet.
This is the Strings and Things podcast, where guitarists come by to change their strings, shoot the breeze and play some music. Look us up on iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play and YouTube or visit our website at stringsandthingsshow.com.
The podcast goes unplugged this week! Our host, Patrick Grant is in the front parlor with James Moore of the Dither Guitar Quartet. They've got National and Ovation acoustic guitars and they intend to use them. We’ll find out how James made it from the San Francisco Bay Area to the new music scene here in New York. He’ll tell us about the strange playing techniques he uses on his recent album of solo guitar music by John Zorn, and we’ll hear an exclusive rendition of a Chet Atkins ballad.
On the next Strings and Things podcast, a new music guitar maven looks back on how his family helped set him on his career path. James Moore, a co-founder and director of Dither, the electric guitar quartet, will be here with his National steel string while our host Patrick Grant works on an Ovation Balladeer. James tells us what his grandmother taught him about composition, and discusses his recording of John Zorn’s Book of Heads, a set of eclectic etudes for solo guitar.
This week, our host Patrick Grant welcomes guitarist/composer Daniel Reyes Llinas to the Strings and Things podcast. Daniel’s got a Fender Strat he customized himself, and he’s the co-founder of the New York instrumental group, Parias Ensemble. We’ll hear about the impact that the Beatles, Latin rock and New Wave made on him as a kid growing up in Colombia, and we’ll find out what’s cooking with Daniel’s new album.
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Thanks to everyone who's been listening to the podcast and all the guitarists who have spent time with us so far - it's been a blast! The show is going on a brief midseason break and will be back in June with new musicians, more duets, and a whole lotta dirty strings!
In the meantime, we hope you'll scroll back and dig into previous episodes of Strings and Things you may have missed. Join us when we return in a few weeks! Check us out on iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play, or visit our website at stringsandthingsshow.com.
On the next Strings and Things podcast, guitarist Randolph A Hudson III (Bongwater, Kramer, Bowing) restrings his bright red Veillette-Citron Shark baritone, and explains to our host, Patrick Grant, how he became a wizard of the EBow. We'll find out what other uses he had for his record collection, and he'll tell us how it ain't easy being green when you're a stickler for fine electronics. This is Strings and Things, the show where musicians come by to change their strings, talk about things and play some music. Look us up on iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play or visit our website at stringsandthingsshow.com.
This time on the Strings and Things podcast, we have Anthony Mullin, from the merry band of head-banging hard-rockers called The Blackfires. He’s here to work on a very special Les Paul with a cool backstory, and he’ll tell us how his PhD influences his musical efforts.
While he and our host Patrick Grant re-string their guitars, we’ll hear how Anthony’s parents played a pivotal role in his early days as a musician, and we’ll find out what riffs and records inspired Anthony’s blues-based approach to his own playing.
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Coming up on Strings and Things, the versatile lead guitarist Matt Grossman will be here to restring his iGuitar, and he'll discuss the demands of switching genres in his work as a busy soloist in New York City.
This is Strings and Things, the show where musicians come by to change their strings and talk about about all kinds of things. Then we amp up and put those new strings right to work in a special performance with our guest. We hope you’ll join us for our next episode!
On this second episode of Strings and Things, the eclectic guitarist and singer/songwriter Ann Klein re-strings her Telecaster, while our host Patrick Grant works on his surf green Jaguar. While the old guitar strings get replaced, Ann runs down the pros and cons of performing for live theatre and describes a couple of hairy moments onstage. We'll hear about her dog's hidden talents and then plug in the Vox amps for a live rendition of her song "Chocolate Pie".