Reed Mathis and Electric Beethoven // Escaper
7 PM, The Temple Tickets: $12 ADV, $15 Door 21+ History Repeats Itself” #CDM (Classical Dance Music) While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive “who’s-who” list […]
February 25, 2018 · 7:00pm
7 PM, The Temple
Tickets: $12 ADV, $15 Door
History Repeats Itself” #CDM (Classical Dance Music)
While on tour with various projects over the past few years, bassist extraordinaire Reed Mathis spent his spare time rearranging Beethoven (Symphonies 3 and 6), recording each newly reimagined movement with a long and impressive “who’s-who” list of his musical brethren, including Phish’s Page McConnell and Mike Gordon, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, the Barr Brothers, Robert Walter and Galactic’s Stanton Moore.
The resulting double album, “Beathoven,” was released September 2016 on Royal Potato Family records.
When imagining what it would be like to tour these Beethoven masterpieces, Mathis rearranged his rearrangements a second time, this time welding Beethoven’s motifs and melodies to modern-era dance beats, with plenty of waypoints for the musicians to jump off into heavy, full-band improvisations. It’s jamtronica with Beethoven — hence, the world’s first CDM (“classical dance music”) band.
While the album’s many special guests will show up at various shows along the way, to tour the album for the next two years, Mathis assembled his very own dream team: Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog) on drums, Todd Stoops (RAQ / Kung Fu) on keyboards, Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) on percussion and laptop, and Clay Welch — a young guitar phenom who literally grew up studying Mathis as a bass player while following Mathis’ then-band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, from show to show as a fan.
The literal definition of Escaper is “one who escapes confinement”. Founded in 2016, the Brooklyn based Post-Rock/Space-Funk Fusion quintet strive for a sound without limits.
**Just named one of “5 Bands You Need to Know” in a feature of Relix Magazine (October 2017 edition).**
“This up-and-coming juggernaut blends together effortlessly with each member adding his own unique flavor. The band’s music alone draws you in, but it’s their connection to it and to each other that truly completes the package. Their passion oozes out of each and every note they play as they seamlessly take turns controlling the stage.” – MusicFestNews.com (http://www.musicfestnews.com/2016/09/14/escaper-rockwood-music-hall-3/ )
Space Funk Rock band, Escaper, was invited by YouTube to perform at their “YouTube Space New York” located above Chelsea Market in Manhattan. The video here is a totally live performance of their new song, “Hands Up” which will be on their upcoming 2nd album, to be released on Ropeadope Records on February 23rd. The album is available for pre-order as of today at <insert bandcamp link>
The definition of an “escaper” is, “one who breaks loose from confinement.” The space rock, spy funk band was just named one of “5 Bands You Need to Know” in the “On the Verge” feature of Relix Magazine (October 2017 edition).**
The band released their first album with Ropeadope Records in May 2017 to critical acclaim including being named one of three “Release Day Picks” by JamBase. Live for Live Music said, “Their sound is a reckoning force of funky fusion music…there’s no telling how high this band can climb.”
The band will release their 2nd album in February 2018. As with the first album, it was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, with all five band members playing together simultaneously, while in isolated rooms. Recording this way helped capture the great live synergy between the players which you can witness during their performances. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings. Bandleader and guitarist, Will Hanza, expresses, “The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one, but the idea of having some concrete ideas, while still allowing the music to be open to take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”
Their live shows are known for keeping the late night funky dance parties going strong. The band has already shared the stage with notable acts such as Aqueous, Jimkata, Roots of Creation, Strange Machines, G-Nome Project, ShwizZ and Teddy Midnight, and its members have graced numerous stages from Bonnaroo, Mountain Jam, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest and Catskill Chill to Hammerstein Ballroom, 9:30 Club, Cervantes, World Cafe Live and Brooklyn Bowl.