Bassist Reed Mathis spent most of 2016 focusing on his Electric Beethoven project and will start 2017 the same way. Mathis and his band have just announced a run of “Resonance Field Tests” to follow their upcoming appearance on Jam Cruise.
The current Electric Beethoven lineup finds Reed fronting a group featuring drummer Jay Lane (RatDog/Primus), keyboardist Todd Stoops (RAQ) and guitarist Clay Welch. After Jam Cruise, the Classical Dance Music project will start a run up the Eastern Seaboard at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26. From there, the quartet will play shows in Charleston, Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh and Richmond with Brock Butler to open with solo sets in Raleigh and Richmond.
In February, EB will open Pink Talking Fish’s “Stop Making Sense” concept show at the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on the 3rd. Later in the month Mathis and the band will play World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on the 16th, the original Brooklyn Bowl in New York City on the 17th and The Hollow in Albany on the 18th.
Here’s more about what these “Resonance Field Tests” are all about:
The idea behind the “tests” (presented in the form of dance concerts) stems from the growing theory that Ludwig Van Beethoven’s symphonies were encoded with eternal, healing, transcendent melodies meant to be reborn generation after generation, across both genre and cultural lines, as opposed to being stagnant museum pieces preserved lifelessly behind glass in seated and stuffy institutions.
Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven are therefore taking this music back to the streets, performing ritualistic dance ceremonies with an emphasis on improvisation and groove exploration. This is how and where Beethoven’s foundations can come alive again — not in symphony halls but on dance floors. Hence, the world’s first CDM (“classical dance music”) band.
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