Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven have announced a surprise limited-run East Coast tour, which will see them performing a series of “Resonance Field Tests.”
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.
Under Mathis’ leadership, the current Electric Beethoven lineup features Jay Lane (Primus / Ratdog / Golden Gate Wingmen) on drums, Todd Stoops (RAQ, Rhythmatronix) on keys, and Clay Welch on guitar.
The inaugural “Resonance Field Test” outing will blaze a path up the coast, for first-time-appearances in select states beginning in Jacksonville, Florida on January 26.
Perpetual Groove frontman Brock Butler will jump on board the tour for two consecutive nights, providing special solo acoustic opening sets that will likely traverse the contents of your favorite dive bar’s jukebox.
The “Resonance Field Tests” then brings the band back to the Empire State, where they made a strong first impression at Brooklyn Comes Alive last fall. On Friday, February 3rd, they will light up the famed stage of the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY where, in addition to performing their own set, they will join the Meters' Leo Nocentelli, the Turkuaz horns, Jen Durkin and others for “Pink Talking Fish Stops Making Sense.” Just two weeks later, they will take over the Brooklyn Bowl, where their “Resonance Field Test” will go fully electric, aided and abetted by the addition of the legendary, original Liquid Light Lab from the 1960s providing a pulsating, psychedelic visual accompaniment for the evening.
Full dates and disclosures below.
Mathis’ solo but star-studded double-album, “Beathoven,” (Royal Potato Family, Sept. 2015) features an impressive list of guests (including Page McConnell, Mike Gordon, Joe Russo, Marco Benevento, Robert Walter, Stanton Moore, Mike Dillon, and the Barr Brothers) supporting Mathis in a series of trios as they navigate their way through entire performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 and No. 6. “Beathoven” will be available on vinyl and compact disc at these shows.
Jan 20 - Jam Cruise
Jan 26 - Jack Rabbits - Jacksonville, FL
Jan 27 - The Pour House - Charleston, SC
Jan 28 - Rabbit Hole - Charlotte, NC*
Jan 29 - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC
Jan 31 - The Pour House, Raleigh, NC^
Feb 1 - The Broadberry - Richmond, VA^
Feb 3 - Capitol Theater - Port Chester, NY#
Feb 4 - TBA
Feb 16 - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
Feb 17 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
Feb 18 - The Hollow - Albany, NY
*w/ Machine Funk
^w/ Brock Butler
#w/ Pink Talking Fish performing "Stop Making Sense"
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