Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven are one of the most unique groups to come out of 2016. The collective efforts of bassist Reed Mathis, keyboardist Todd Stoops, drummer Jay Lane, and guitarist Clay Welch create the foundation for the world’s first “Classical Dance Music” project. Reimagining Beethoven symphonies to a new generation of live music lovers, the band has been traveling the country to spread some serious musical explorations of the modernized material.Today, they’ve shared something quite special. A song they call “Thunderstorm” is defined as a passage from the fourth movement of Beethoven’s sixth symphony, “tranced the funk out for a dance exploration and meditation improvisation.” What Reed Mathis has done with this recent Denver recording is even more interesting.He explains in a Facebook post, “So, in my Beethoven band we have this one tune where it’s one long chord progression that we can move through at any pace we like, and we just make up riffs and ornaments through repetition, sort of like crickets talking. The recording of us doing this in Denver was 44 minutes long. ‘Just for the hell of it,’ I wondered, ‘what would happen if I remove the transitional bits, and just string together all the improvised riffs using only the parts where they had solidified?’ So, I spent a couple hours last night editing that 44 minute performance down to 21 minutes. Pretty crazy! Fascinating to hear our collective-improvised negotiations go from stepping-stone to stepping-stone so quickly. Plus, Beet’s chord progression is definitely non-shitty. Freakin’ unique little band I’ve got here.” Indeed!Check out the 21 minute compilation of improvisational material from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven at Cervantes below:
A smirk says it all! Kim Kardashian seemed unfazed after her once-close friend Larsa Pippen detailed their falling out for the first time.The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 40, shared four photos via Instagram on Monday, November 9, of herself smiling during a tropical vacation. “Smiles for Miles,” she captioned the post.- Advertisement – In the snaps, Kardashian wore a black bikini top with matching shorts as she posed on a beach and climbed a tree limb near the ocean.The E! personality uploaded the pictures just hours after Pippen, 46, blamed their rift on Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, during a bombshell appearance on the “Hollywood Raw” podcast.“If Kanye feels like him and Kim are better without me, then let them be without me. I’m OK with that,” she said on Monday’s episode. “I will survive. I want everyone to be happy!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Real Housewives of Miami alum went on to claim that the “Gold Digger” rapper, 43, has “brainwashed” his wife and her famous sisters since the couple married in May 2014.“They all started to ride his wave. If you’re that easily swayed, like the wind, then do I really give a f–k? Should I give a f–k? I don’t know,” she said. “Was I hurt by it? Yes. But at the same time, I’m like, I’ve done nothing. I’ve never done one thing. I’ve been the most honest and truthful best friend to all of them.”- Advertisement – Fans noticed in July that Kardashian and Pippen unfollowed each other on Instagram, sparking rumors that the pair were no longer on good terms. At the time, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that the reality stars “just naturally grew apart over a period of time” and that the KKW Beauty founder simply “wanted to reset [her feed] just to her family and childhood friends.”Pippen, however, insinuated on “Hollywood Raw” that West was behind Kardashian’s decision to unfollow her, saying, “We’re like sisters, we’re family, but if you have to unfollow me to make your home a better place, do it. He talks so much about me being this and that and this and that. I just feel like Kanye was in a place where he really didn’t trust anyone with Kim.”The former Bravo personality also alleged on the podcast that she dated Tristan Thompson before his relationship with Khloé Kardashian and that Travis Scott once called on-off girlfriend Kylie Jenner to claim that Pippen had been “hitting on him” at a nightclub. “That never freaking happened,” she insisted.Kim has yet to directly address Pippen’s claims. Scroll down to see more of her smirky vacation photos!
Swansea’s story hits the big screen in the West End on Friday night – but manager Garry Monk believes the fairytale at the Liberty Stadium is far from over. “We used to train on a cow field and get locked out by the council, so we had to cut a hole in the fence and all the players were crawling through it,” Monk said. “We got changed in our cars with our muddy boots and dirty kit in the boot. “But when I first came it was the very start of the progress. The stadium was a shell, but you could see the potential and the direction the club wanted to go. “Any player should know what they are representing and any new players who come in are given many things to understand the philosophy of the club, not just on the pitch but off it too.” Swansea’s story got some silverware in 2013 when the club won its first major trophy in 101 years of trying – the Capital One Cup when beating Bradford 5-0 at Wembley. That triumph took Swansea into the Europa League and Monk feels that achievement is possible again through a high Premier League placing, despite intense competition from clubs with greater financial resources than the Welsh club. “If we stop now we have wasted all that hard work,” Monk said. “We are never going to be a financial power in this league, but we can make sure we are competitive. “W e experienced Europe last year and that was something we really enjoyed, and we would like to get back to at some point sooner rather than later. “We have shown we can win a cup, but we would like to do it through the league as well. “People say the Chelsea game is a top-of-the-table clash, but we are not going to be title contenders at the end of the season. “We know exactly what we are, we are a club looking to progress and all the new players who have come in buy into that.” Press Association Monk has played a big part in Swansea’s climb over the past 10 years as player, captain and now manager and still struggles to comprehend the club’s rags to riches rise before locking horns with Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. “The Chelsea game fits in with the story because it’s one you would not believe unless you witnessed it,” Monk said. “That’s why I want people to watch it. It gives you a big insight. “There’s plenty of clubs who went up and through the leagues, we did it ourselves before. “But the actual circumstances the club found itself in and what we had to go through will leave people surprised. “This means a lot to a lot of people and it’s probably the perfect time for a film.” Monk joined Swansea in 2004 a few years after the club nearly went into liquidation, salvation coming in the form of a combination between Supporters’ Trust members and a consortium of local businessmen. But he still had to endure some pretty basic training facilities before Swansea rose through the divisions and reached the promised land of the Premier League. Jack to a King tells the story of a club which went from the brink of extinction to living the dream and has its London premiere in Leicester Square on the eve of Swansea’s visit to Chelsea for a Barclays Premier League summit meeting. Swansea head to Chelsea as league equals with both sides having won their opening three games, but it’s a far cry from the days when players had to cut a hole in the fence to practice after being locked out of their training ground.