Band

For nearly 15 years, Club d’Elf has brought its unique version of trance music to audiences around the globe.  Formed in 1998 by frontman and bassist/composer Mike Rivard, Club d’Elf is comprised of a rotating slate of musicians from diverse backgrounds.  Their music is inspired by a wide range of styles including jazz, hip-hop, electronic, prog-rock and dub.  Recently, the band has taken on a uniquely Moroccan sound due to band member Brahim Fribgane who is from Casablanca.  His notes of Moroccan trance blend seamlessly with Rivard’s expert sintir playing, a Moroccan three-string bass lute that is popular with the Gnawa people of the country, a mystical Sufi brotherhood that dates back over 500 years.

Club d’Elf has featured many incredible players over the years including DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, John Medeski & Billy Martin (MMW), Skerik and Marco Benevento.  They band has been in residency at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA, since its inception and has toured Japan four times.  They also played the prestigious Festival Du Monde de Arabe in Montreal. The band has released eight live double CDs and three studio releases.

Club d’Elf Honors and Awards

Club d’Elf has been the recipient of several major honors and awards over the years, including:

  • 1998 – Best Cutting Edge Band, Best of Boston, Boston Magazine

  • 2001 – Best DJ/Eletronica Act, FNX Best Music Poll

  • 2001 – Best Jam Band, Phoenix Editors and Readers Poll

  • 2001 – Phoenix Editors and Readers Poll

  • 2004 – Best Jazz Act, Best of Boston, Boston Magazine

  • 2007 – Best Jazz Act, Boston Music Awards

Upcoming Shows

If you need your Club d’Elf fix, there are plenty of shows on the horizon to satisfy you.  The following are the scheduled dates for 2013:

  • Upcoming event at Miami Beach, Stay tuned for the updates.
  • Friday, October 25 – the Lizard Lounge, 1667 Mass Ave, Cambridge, MA, 022138.  Show from 10pm to 1:30am.  Tickets $10 in advance, $12 at the door.  Go to http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/496936 for tickets and info.

  • Friday, November 8 – The Lizard Lounge, 10pm to 1:30am.  $10 advance/$12 at door.  Go to http://lizardloungeclub.com/ for tickets and info.

  • Friday, November 29 – The Lizard Lounge, 10pm to 1:30am.  $10 advance/$12 at door.  Got to http://lizardloungeclub.com/ for tickets and info.

  • Friday, December 13 – The Lizard Lounge, 10pm to 1:30am.  $10 advance/$12 at door.  Go to http://lizardloungeclub.com/ for tickets and info.

  • Saturday, December 14 – The Press Room, 77 Daniel Street, Portsmouth, NH, 03801.  $10 advance / $13 at door.  Go to http://www.pressroomnh.com/ for tickets and info.

  • Sunday, December 15 – The Falcon, 1348 Route 9W, Marlboro, NY.  With special guest John Medeski.  No cover but donation encouraged.  Go to http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/ for tickets and info.

  • Friday, December 27 – The Lizard Lounge, 10pm to 1:30am.  $10 advance/$12 at door.  Go to http://lizardloungeclub.com/ for tickets and info.

Club d’Elf Discography

The band has released several albums throughout their history.  Here’s a look at the comprehensive list:

  • 2000 – As Above:  Live at the Lizard Lounge

  • 2001 – Vassar Chapel 2/26/2001

  • 2002 – Athens, GA 3/28/2002

  • 2003 – NYC 4/20/2003

  • 2004 – Live:  Tonic, NYC 5/26/2004

  • 2005 – Gravity All Nonsense Now

  • 2005 – 100 Years of Flight

  • 2006 – Now I Understand – reached #7 on the CMJ Jazz Chart

  • 2007 – Perhapsody

  • 2010 – Dos – double CD with two new studio releases

Band Members

One of the characteristics that make Club d’Elf so unique and gives them such a varied and rich sound is their rotating cast of members.  The core band is made up of Mike Rivard on bass, Dean Johnston on drums, Brahim Fribgane on oud, and Mister Rourke on turntables.  Special guests have included:

  • Abdlatif Benani – karakab, vocals

  • Andrew Barr (the Slip) – Djembe

  • Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits) – keyboards

  • Billy Conway – drums

  • Bob Moses – drums

  • Boujemaa Razgui – percussion

  • Brad Barr (The Slip) – guitar

  • Dana Colley – saxes

  • David FUZE Fiuczynski – guitar

  • DJ Logic – turntables

  • Dr. Didg (Graham Wiggins) – Didjeridoo

  • Erik Kerr – drums

  • G. Clavin Weston – drums

  • Hassan Bouhmid – sintir, vocals, karakab

  • Hassan Hakmoun – sintir, vocals

  • Jamey Haddad – frame drum

  • Jay Bellerose – drums

  • Jennifer Hartswick – trumpet

  • Joe Maneri – saxes, clarinet, vocals

  • John Medeski – keyboards

  • Josh Roseman – trombone

  • Kenwood Dennard – drums

  • Lamine Toure – wolof drums

  • Lotfi Tiken – percussion

  • Marc Ribot – guitar

  • Marco Benevento – keyboards and toys

  • Mark Sandman – guitar, vocals

  • Mohamed Tbizi – sintir, vocals

  • Reeves Gabrels – guitar

  • Roger Miller and Binary System

  • Said Hakmoun – sintir, karakab

  • Sam Kininger (Soulive) – alto sax

  • Skerik – sax and electronics

  • Spooky Ghost – guitar

  • Stan Stickland – sax, vocals

  • Steven Bernstein – slide trumpet

Club d’Elf Links

Club d’Elf can be found all over the web:

Influences

Club d’Elf takes their inspiration from a wide range of musicians and musical styles.  Some of the artists who have influenced them include:

  • Ali Farka Toure

  • Art Ensemble of Chicago

  • ayahuasca

  • Bela Bartok

  • Bill Laswell

  • Black Sabbath

  • Brian Eno

  • Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band

  • Charles Mingus

  • Claude Debussy

  • Cream

  • Dave Holland

  • David Lynch

  • DJ Shadow

  • Don Cherry

  • Donny Hathaway

  • Fela Kuti

  • Firesign Theater

  • Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention

  • George Meyer

  • Grateful Dead

  • Hassan Hakmoun

  • James Brown

  • James Jamerson

  • Jimi Hendrix

  • John Cage

  • John Coltrane

  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

  • King Crimson

  • Led Zeppelin

  • Luke Vibert

  • Maleem Mahmoud Ghania

  • Miles Davis

  • monster movies (Tod Browning to George Romero)

  • Morphine

  • Mr Show

  • Mustapha Baqbou & Maleem H’maida Boussou (Moroccan Gnawa (Gnaoua) )

  • Nass El Ghiwane

  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

  • Ornette Coleman

  • Philip K. Dick

  • Pink Floyd

  • Portishead

  • Propellerheads

  • Radiohead

  • Robert Anton Wilson

  • Rod Serling

  • Soul Coughing

  • Squarepusher

  • Steely Dan

  • Steve Reich

  • Sun Ra Arkestra

  • Talking Heads

  • Terence McKenna

  • Ustad Ali Akbar Kahn

  • William Gibson

  • XTC

  • Zap Comix
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