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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, and funk to create a heady, danceable mix. Recipient of the 2007 Boston Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Act, the band is lead by bassist Mike Rivard, and features a rotating ensemble with special guests, which over the years have included John Medeski and 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 1998, and while performing primarily in the Northeast United States d'Elf has managed to tour Japan five times. 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 10th CD entitled Electric Moroccoland/So Below, which garnered the band rave reviews from Relix magazine (where it also rose to No. 1 on the chart). D'Elf was featured on PRI's The World and Voice Of America. The two-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.
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