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CLUB d'ELF - The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective with special guests Randy Roos and Amy Bellamy
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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CLUB d'ELF - The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective with special guests Randy Roos and Amy Bellamy
Friday 4/27 The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective
w/ very special guests RANDY ROOS and AMY BELLAMY
$12 advance / $15 at the door
9:00 doors / 10:00 show

Mike Rivard's improvisational groove collective returns to the warm embrace of the Lizard Lounge with their usual stellar cast of musicians.

RANDY ROOS - Composer Randy Roos has had quite a diverse musical career. He first came to public notice as a member of the 70s art-rock group Orchestra Luna. He went on to create several CD releases on the Narada, JVC, and Pony Canyon labels, while remaining active as a performing guitarist. He began scoring for television in 1988. His work includes fifteen seasons of the Scientific American Frontiers series, several episodes of the NOVA series and many others. He and his wife Kathy currently maintain Squam Sound, a music production facility in New Hampshire on Squam Lake (filming location of On Golden Pond).
Leader of Vertigo-Z
Member of Club dElf and Van Gogh Shadowtree
Performances with Orchestra Luna, Steve Swallow, Mick Goodrick, John Medeski, and Bill Buford
Recordings include Primalvision, Raz, and Liquid Smoke (Narada); Photogenic Memory (Agharta Japan); Mistral (Spoonfed); and Orchestra Luna (Epic)
Articles in Guitar Player and Electronic Musician magazines

Instruments include piano, organ, clavinet, fender rhodes, and synthesizers
Performed with the A-BEEZ (MD, composer, arranger, coproducer of this modern soul/funk all-original group with husband and bassist Aaron Bellamy), Chaka Khan, Terri Lyne Carrington (performed with and appeared on most recent album release Mosaic 2: Love and Soul), Shing02 (International Japanese American hip-hop artist), Sam Kininger Band (of Lettuce/Soulive), Oleta Adams, and Valerie Simpson
Recordings include Never Going Back with the The A-Beez (2015); Mosaic Project: Love and  Soul, Terri Lyne Carrington (featured on tracks with Chaka Khan, Natalie Cole); Anthem, Sam Kininger Band (BMG Japan, 2010); Butter Child The Wondermics; and So Real by Andrea Capozzoli (2009)
Leader of 12-year Tuesday night funk/fusion residency at the renowned Wally's Jazz Cafe
Performed for President Bill Clinton (Clinton Foundation)
Performed at venues including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Blue Note Jazz Club NYC, Irving Plaza, House of Blues Boston and Chicago, B.B. King's NYC, Rochester Jazz Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Cayenne Jazz Festival, and many more
International appearances in the Caribbean, Europe (including at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France, and St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Italy)
Shared bills with Parliament Funkadelic, Morris Day and the Time, Bootsy Collins, Soulive, Bela Fleck, and many more

What is this thing called Club dElf? Club dElf 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 (Medeski Martin & Wood), DJ Logic, Marc Ribot, Skerik, Steven Bernstein, Ryan Montbleau and Marco Benevento, creating a unique experience for every performance. Informed as much by sci-fi writer Philip K. Dicks ideas of shifting reality and parallel universes as by Miles Davis & Fela Kuti, the band draws inspiration from many sources, including neo-psychedelic avatar Terence McKenna and avant garde comedy troupe The Firesign Theater.

Formed in 1998 by Rivard with the encouragement of Morphines Mark Sandman (who guested with the group until his death in 99), the 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 absorbed Moroccan trance influences and frequently adds this element to the mix. Audiences of all persuasions are drawn to Fribganes mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivards commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a 3 string bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical brotherhood of trance-healers. Derived from such ancient sources as these, trance forms the central core of the Club dElf aesthetic, unifying all of the various genres the band has absorbed.


The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States


Music > Experimental
Music > Global
Music > Jazz
Music > World

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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