Boston-based, Moroccan-dosed dub-jazz collective Club d'Elf is an ever-shifting group of musicians fiercely dedicated to the groove, revolving around the foundation of bassist/leader Mike Rivard. Consisting of some of the most sought-after players from the jazz, DJ, rock & world music scenes of Boston & NYC, each show features a different line-up, with Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston at the core. Guitars, turntables, Fender Rhodes, laptops, horns, tablas and all manner of exotic instruments flow in and out of the mix, along with guests such as John Medeski & Billy Martin, DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Ryan Montbleau and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick's ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band finds inspiration in many sources, including the writings of neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant garde comedy troupe The Firesign Theater.
Club d'Elf'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, the band absorbed Moroccan trance influences such as gnawa and Berber music from the High Atlas mountains, and frequently adds these elements to the mix. Derived from such ancient sources as these, trance forms the central core of the Club d'Elf aesthetic, unifying all of the various genres the band has absorbed.