Reed Mathis’ Electric Beethoven is unlike any classical performance you will ever see. Former Tea Leaf Green bassist and jam band journeyman, Reed Mathis has assembled a quartet to channel a modern day interpretation of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s symphonies. The band put out an album that focused on the 6th and 3rd symphonies. Here is an excerpt form Reed’s site regarding the 3rd Symphony:
In the 3rd, called “Eroica” or “Heroic,” he walks us through his suicidal anguish over his encroaching deafness, and his ultimate victorious decision to commit egocide rather than suicide. He’d been a performing pianist, a live improviser, a shamanic hero of the stage, but deafness killed that man. From the ashes rose a wholly new being, the man who could dream and articulate these incredible inner experiences, a composer.
Reed Mathis is joined by Clay Welch on guitar, Jay Lane on drums and Todd Stoops on piano/keys.
Thanks to Lazy Lightning we have some great footage from Reed’s set at Brooklyn Comes Alive last week.
What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!