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World Music Report | Raul da Gama | November 7, 2017

Clearly there is at least a guiding spirit on throughout this performance Live at Club Helsinki by Club D’Elf. It seems almost hackneyed today to identify this as being an ‘African’ or [...]

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New Music Without Borders | MICHAEL KONIK | JANUARY 10, 2017

by Michael Konik | New Music Without Borders Genres and categories are cool when you’re trying to sell something. But some of our most compelling musical artists don’t pay attention to the [...]

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Layers Centuries and Cultures into Irresistible Grooves by Mel Minter

Club d’Elf, Live at Club Helsinki (Face Pelt Records) A Review Now I think I know how the cobra feels as it sways hypnotically over its coiled body, hood open, eyes fixed on the charmer. When I [...]

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Allaboutjazz.com Review of Live at Club Helsinki, January 2, 2017, By KARL ACKERMANN

Who (and what) defines the Boston-based, dub-jazz Club d’Elf is an enigma. At the core, the “group” is bassist and composer Mike Rivard and drummer Dean Johnston. Rivard has [...]

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Club d’Elf brings alien jams to The Press Room By Christopher Hislop, Posted Jan. 1, 2015

One of the more innovative bands in our region resides down in the Boston area. It’s a collective of musicians who take different shapes at different times – all the while being held [...]

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Another Marvelous Club d'Elf Experience by Suze, posted May 26, 2014

If you have been following this blog (which everyone should do!), you'll know how much I love Club d'Elf. And how often I go to their bi-weekly Friday night residency at Lizard Lounge. [...]

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Club d'Elf Never Ceases to Impress by Suze, posted March 18, 2014

I've seen Club d'Elf perform a half dozen times at this point; each show is different and equally amazing. The lineup changes each week, with the only constant I've observed being [...]

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Club D’Elf: Fire In The Brain- Live At Berklee (2013) By CHRIS M. SLAWECKI, AllAboutJazz.com Published: March 11, 2014

“To thine own self be true” is a reliable expression, and few band biographies are more true to their subject than the official label writeup on the marvelously twisted Club [...]

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Mind-Blowing Music at Lizard Lounge by Suze, posted Sept 29, 2014

This was the sixth time I've seen Club d'Elf this year at Lizard Lounge, and it was quite possibly the best – up to now! Okay, I am a bit biased because David Tronzo is a friend [...]

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Mike Rivard: Entranced By The Music By PAUL NASER, Published: September 4, 2014

As globalization blends cultures and markets more and more everyday, it is only natural that artistic traditions and the artists that study them do the same. Mike Rivard is a leader in this [...]