There has been quite a lot of mystery surrounding the new project Electric Beethoven. The brainchild of bassist Reed Mathis, the band has reworked classic suites by the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and created new and exciting pieces that can only be described as “Classical Dance Music.” The band recently made their debut at Terrapin Crossroads last week, and performed a special exhibition set at Outside Lands Music Festival over the weekend.
Today, the band has announced the release of Beathoven, due out on September 30th via Royal Potato Family Records. The album sees the band reworking “Symphony No. 3” and “Symphony No. 6” for the album, and recruiting an insane list of musicians for the project. A who’s who appears on the album: Phish’s Mike Gordon and Page McConnell, Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Galactic’s Stanton Moore, The Greyboy Allstars’ Robert Walter, Matt Chamberlain, The Barr Brothers and more.
You can listen to the leading single, “Rebirth,” below.
The album has been in the works for years, with Mathis traveling town to town and meeting with these musicians independently for the release. Mathis, who is known for his work in Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Tea Leaf Green, and Billy & The Kids, has poured himself into the album, and the work is sure to speak for itself.
For their live performances (the band is booked for Catskill Chill and Jam Cruise, but who knows where else we might see them come alive…), Mathis has recruited Jay Lane (Primus), Todd Stoops (RAQ), Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green) and guitarist Clay Welch. You can see the album artwork and full tracklisting below.
1. Awakening of Happiness (feat. Joe Russo & Luke Bolla)
2. Scene by the River (feat. Andrew Barr & Steve Pryor)
3. Rain Dance (feat. Stanton Moore & Jared Tyler)
4. Thunderstorm (feat. Matt Chamberlain & Mike Dillon)
5. Shepherd’s Song (feat. Page McConnell & Jason Smart)
6. In Memory of a Great Man (feat. Mike Gordon & Joe Russo)
7. Funeral March (feat. Marco Benevento & Matt Chamberlain)
8. Rebirth (feat. Brad Barr & Andrew Barr)
9. Finale (feat. Stanton Moore & Robert Walter)