(Boston, MA) 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, and DJ Logic.