Club d’Elf w/ John Medeski

/ Jul

Club d’Elf w/ John Medeski

Front Room
07:30 pm
$15 adv / $20 door

Fri July 15th

Output Agency Ltd. presents

Club d’Elf (Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective)
with special guest John Medeski

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$15adv / $20door | 18+ | 7:30 Doors / 8:30 Show


Club d’Elf plays a style of music that has been called “Moroccan-dosed dub-trance-jazz”, and draws upon electronica, Moroccan Gnawa music, free jazz, hip-hop & funk to create a heady, danceable mix.

Based in Boston (and recipient of the 2007 Boston Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Act) & lead by bassist Mike Rivard, the group features a rotating ensemble with special guests, which over the years have included John Medeski & Billy Martin (MMW), DJ Logic, Skerik, Marc Ribot, and many others. Each performance is unique, with a different set of players and different “mixes” of the tunes, with an emphasis on spontaneous improvisation.

A residency at Cambridge’s Lizard Lounge has been ongoing since ’98, and while performing primarily in the Northeast US D’Elf has managed to tour Japan five times, most recently in December 2010 w/ Medeski. The group has broadened its scope from the jazz and jam band and rave scenes in which it began, to also include more cross-cultural events such as the Mimouna festival (a North African-Jewish tradition). D’Elf is comfortable playing in wildly varying settings, with audiences ranging from fire-juggling Burners, to the predominantly Muslim audience which embraced the band’s take on Moroccan folk music at the 2007 edition of the Festvial Du Monde de Arabe in Montreal, where they performed songs by beloved Moroccan band Nass El Ghiwane and Berber musician Hadj Belaid.

Having developed a unique sound over the 13 years of its existence, the band’s music is nonetheless sometimes compared to On The Corner-era Miles Davis meets Moroccan Berber music with a heaping dose of Squarepusher. The band just released it’s tenth CD – Electric Moroccoland/So Below, which garnered the band rave reviews from Relix magazine amongst other press, and were featured on PRI’s The World and Voice Of America. The 2-CD set represents two distinct sides of the groups sound: Moroccan trance and funky electronica/DJ-driven beats, and features over 26 musicians including Hassan Hakmoun, the late Mark Sandman (Morphine), Medeski, DJ Logic and many more.