Boston-based, Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club D'Elf will release Fire In The Brain (Live at Berklee) on birnCORE records on Nov 19. Circling about bassist/composer Mike Rivard (Morphine/Either-Orchestra/Guster/Boston Pops), 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, and on this release, Rivard's command of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa, a mystical Sufi brotherhood of trance-healers, is in evidence on a John McLaughlin cover as well as the group's rendition of a traditional gnawa song. Derived from ancient sources, trance forms the central core of the Club d'Elf aesthetic,unifying the various genres the band has absorbed.
A strong connection to the Berklee College of Music is celebrated on Fire In The Brain with faculty members Dave Tronzo, Randy Roos and Alain Mallet joining alumni Rivard and Johnston, along with D'Elf DJ Mister Rourke 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.
"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
The Berklee Internet Radio Network's BIRN Cooperative Recordings (birnCORE Records) is a new record label created to emphasize performance, musicianship and collaboration at one of the world's premier music colleges. Captured in the state-of-the-art studio facilities at Berklee, whether in front of a 200-person audience at the Red Room @ Café 939, the 1200-seat Berklee Performance Center, or on the air in a BIRN in-studio performance, birnCORE releases showcase the performance chops of some of today's most captivating artists in every genre.
The Berklee Internet Radio Network's BIRN Cooperative Recordings (birnCORE Records) is a new record label created to emphasize performance, musicianship and collaboration at one of the world's premier music colleges. birnCORE records and releases live music from some of today's best independent artists. Whether in front of a 200-person audience at the Red Room @ Café 939, or on the air in a BIRN in-studio performance, birnCORE releases showcase the performance chops of some of today's most captivating artists in every genre.
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