Club d’Elf is a collective of musicians fiercely dedicated to “the groove”, consisting of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, world music, rock, and DJ scenes of Boston, New York City & beyond. The band’s music draws from a startlingly wide spectrum of styles, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, avant garde, prog-rock and dub. Under the tutelage of member Brahim Fribgane (who hails from Casablanca) the band has absorbed Moroccan trance music, which is now an essential part of the mix. Diverse audiences are drawn to Fribgane’s mesmerizing oud stylings, and leader/bassist Mike Rivard’s commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir. Trance forms the central core of the Club d’Elf aesthetic, weaving together the band’s various influences.
The band’s new album, You Never Know, is a trance-heavy meditation on finding light amidst the shadows. The band pay tribute to the music and musicians who have been primary influences, with half the album being covers of Gnawa, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, Moroccan band Nass el-Ghiwane, and Frank Zappa. The other half consists of original music inspired by leader Mike Rivard’s personal journey into darkness following a near death experience in the remote jungle of the Peruvian Amazon. Joining Rivard for this show at Hawks & Reed will be longtime member DJ Mister Rourke, guitarist David Fiuczynski, and original drummer Erik Kerr.
Anemoia is a song based, groove centered Trio made up of Armando Lopez, Andres Ferret, and Aaron Lebos. The band was born through improvisations caught on voice notes, then later transcribed into recorded song. Their self-titled debut record released just weeks before the global pandemic. During the pandemic the band used the time to start and finish their sophomore album “Lost the Plot”. The band in their first year has been lucky to have performed several exciting shows
including: A sold out album release show (official ground up pre-party), Nudeco Ensemble’s live streamed collaborative suite of the band’s original music, and opening for legends John Medeski, Skerik, and Stanton Moore at another sold out show in Miami. They have also been remixed by Miami greats, Afrobeta.
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