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  • Pink Talking Fish Stops Making Sense

    The Capitol Theatre Presents

    Pink Talking Fish Stops Making Sense

    Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven

    Fri, February 3, 2017

    Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

    The Capitol Theatre

    Port Chester, NY

    $20 // $40 (ADVANCE) $25 // $45 (DAY OF SHOW)

    This event is 18 and over

    This event will have a general admission standing room only floor and a reserved seated Loge and Balcony. Reserved Loge and Balcony tickets will NOT have access to the general admission floor.

    Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven
    Reed Mathis (Billy & the Kids, Tea Leaf Green)
    Jay Lane (Primus, Ratdog)
    Todd Stoops (RAQ)
    Cochrane McMillan (Tea Leaf Green)
    Clay Welch


    -Two Types of Frittata
    >Veggie with Sweet Corn, Tomato, Basil & Jack Cheese
    >Pancho's Breakfast Meat Combo
    -French Toast with Crushed Amaretti & Orange Syrup
    -Fresh Made Hash Browns
    -Market Vegetable Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
    -Fresh Fruit Salad

    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," will be released this September 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.


    "Beethoven's music, at its core, is about learning to love in a world in which hearts can break. We can know only the surface circumstances that made up Beethoven's broken heart. Rejected as a child performer, orphaned as a teen, deaf at 30 and unable to perform, a string of marriage proposals rejected, and his adopted son's suicide attempt, but the details of his life are not really the point. We all feel alike the sting of life's indifference to our wishes, of random tragedy, and ultimately of our own mortality. We are all angels surprised to find ourselves trapped inside monkeys. We've all seen that bad things happen to good people. So, what can be done with a cruel and unfair world? A profound, heartfelt answer to that question is what we hear in Beethoven's music, and it's why some of us return again & again to these evergreens of song. The archetypes that Beethoven articulated are in every newborn baby, in every broken heart that heals. They are in me, and they are in you. The real communication happens directly between you and him, without words, in our universal dream-language of sound.

    We present here two of his nine symphonies. In the 6th, called "Pastoral," he admits that his true religion is not Christianity, but the divinity of Nature, of skies, and trees, and rivers, and storms. 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.

    It has been such an honor to improvise on these forms, and to chant these prayers. And it is my hope to discover new realms of joy, anger, surprise and triumph lurking in the many different universes of sound contained in each movement, as we put them on top of dance beats and bring them into the new world, in a live music setting."
    Venue Information:
    The Capitol Theatre
    149 Westchester Avenue
    Port Chester, NY, 10573