Club d'Elf

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  • Club d'Elf featuring John Medeski

    This show was on Dec 15th, 2013 | 28 people watched
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    • Dec 16
    • Dec 16
      Excellent Music although not necessarily to my taste....watched the whole show because I couldn't stop. Would watch them again and if they came to a venue near me I would certainly go see them.
    • Dec 28
      Wow, what a night of music!
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Bio

"One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz. There is simply not another band like Club d’Elf on the planet." - Russ Davis, Jazz America

"Crushed between the borders of Morocco, jam band land and the kingdom of avant-garde jazz lies Club d’Elf...James Brown-meets-Sun-Ra." - Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

"Sounds like the lovechild of Pink Floyd and George... more

"One of the most inventive and ever-changing bands in all of new jazz. There is simply not another band like Club d’Elf on the planet." - Russ Davis, Jazz America

"Crushed between the borders of Morocco, jam band land and the kingdom of avant-garde jazz lies Club d’Elf...James Brown-meets-Sun-Ra." - Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald

"Sounds like the lovechild of Pink Floyd and George Clinton, dropped in Marrakesh...some deeply psychedelic music." - Marlon Bishop, WNYC

Circling about bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine/Either-Orchestra/Guster/Boston Pops), Boston-based, Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club d'Elf is a constellation of top musicians from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston & NYC who get in the groove and proceed to blow it up. With Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core, guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and a myriad of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix. The band has made Moroccan trance influences an essential part of the mix, with Rivard's command of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa, a mystical Sufi brotherhood of trance-healers, figuring prominently. Derived from ancient sources, trance forms the central core of the Club d'Elf aesthetic, unifying the various genres the band has absorbed.

The band's new release, Fire In The Brain (Live at Berklee) on birnCORE records, came out Nov 19. It captures the band at peak, improvisational intensity as they performed for a standing room only crowd at Berklee's Red Room in July 2012.

Formed in 1998, Club D'Elf's music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, Moroccan Gnawa, hip hop, psychedelia, electronica, avant garde and dub. Special guests over the years have included John Medeski, Billy Martin, Mark Sandman (Morphine), Hassan Hakmoun, DJ Logic, Marc Ribot and Skerik. From Mount Fuji, Japan to the Festival Du Monde Arabe de Montreal, the intoxicating power of the D'Elf groove draws listeners in and melts away boundaries, finding rave kids dancing alongside Arabic audiences in traditional garb. The band's bi-weekly residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA is the stuff of legend and provided a laboratory for its improvisational style to emerge and develop. Its latest studio CD, Electric Moroccoland/So Below, drew glowing reviews from PRI's The World, Voice Of America, and Afropop Worldwide for its bold synthesis of Moroccan traditional music and electronic, dubbed-out funk, rising to #1 on the Relix chart.

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