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CLUB d'ELF - The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective w/ very special guests Amit Kavthekar & Van Martin
The Lizard Lounge
Cambridge, MA
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CLUB d'ELF - The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective w/ very special guests Amit Kavthekar & Van Martin
Friday 5/11 The Moroccan dosed Psychedelic Dub Jazz Collective
w/ very special guests Amit Kavthekar & Van Martin
$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.

Tonight's guests

Amit Kavthekar:

Young and talented Amit Kavthekar (GANDA-BANDH SHAGIRD of Late Ustad Allarakha) has rhythm running in his veins.  At the early age of six, when most the children of his age were playing about, he was being groomed in the art of tabla playing by Maestro Ustad Allarakha.Since 1991, he was fortunate to be taught tabla intricacies by Ustad Zakir Hussain, a master maestro in Tabla with an unbelievable number of fans all over the world and, of course, in India.

He has played with many of the legends of Indian music including Ustad Zakir Hussain and Sivamani on Zee Tv in India, Pt. Shivkumar Sharma  in his Documentary directed by Jabbar Patel in India, He has Accompaniment Pt. Jasraj  I his Vocal recital in Pune India, Ustad Shahid Parvez at Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, Ustad Ashish Khan at Learnquest Festival at Regis College MA, Pt. Buddhadev Dasgupta in Bithak, Boston MA, with Pt. Kushal Das at MIT Cambridge, MA

Presently Amit is teaching Tabla in American School of Bombay (ASB) and  in New England School of Music which is based in Boston MA area. He is also a professor at Salem State University where he leads the World Music Ensemble.


Van Martin:

At the young age of seven, Van Gordon Martin started his musical journey. Growing up in Chicago, his first job was polishing and stringing guitars in local music shop the Musicians Network. Van was discovered early on, and mentored by legendary Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads keyboardist, Bernie Worrell. This set the tone for his new musical existence.

Van Gordon Martin has been a veteran of the east coast music scene for over a decade, and is a part of Boston based Reggae collective Dub Apocalypse, Moroccan/Jazz/ Electronic group Club Delf, Hip Hop Legend Big Daddy Kanes Live band, Paul Wolstencroft of Slightly Stoopids Organically Good Trio, The Naya Rockers, and many others. He is also founding member of Spiritual Rez, a project witch he toured with extensively up until 2011.

My goal is to share my story and love for guitar with the world.  It has been always been the thing that makes me feel connected to the Spirit Realm. Rasta, Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Roots Music. It speaks the truth. Every artist is part of the building blocks of our social creative consciousness. I feel honored and blessed to share my ideas with anyone that will hear me. With every note we play with honest intention, we tear down a part of the injustices in the world. Love and music are indeed one. Music, it is our highest meditation

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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