April 29, 2016 at Roulette in Brooklyn.
CLUB D’ELF featuring BRAHIM FRIBGANE: Trance Music of Morocco
$25/ students & seniors $21.
Brahim Fribgane – oud, percussion, voice; Van Martin – guitar; Paul Schultheis – Moog, Rhodes & melodica; Mister Rourke – turntables; Mike Rivard – bass & sintir; Dean Johnston – drums, w/ guest Ned Rothenberg (reeds).
The trance-inducing music of North Africa, most notably Gnawa and Berber music from Morocco, is a fundamental component sound of Club d’Elf, adding spice to the tagine of jazz, electronica, hip hop and other flavors which the band incorporates. The acclaimed Boston-based collective is centered around Mike Rivard, one of Boston’s most in-demand bass players, and features Casablanca-born Brahim Fribgane, who brings to his music the rich and varied musical styles he grew up with – North African, Gnawa, Berber, Arabic and Andalusian music. This performance showcases Fribgane’s mesmerizing oud stylings and Rivard’s commanding playing of the Moroccan sintir, a three-stringed bass lute used by the Gnawa people of Morocco, a mystical Sufi brotherhood descended from sub-Saharan slaves brought to Morocco over 500 years ago.
“The roaring avant-funk of electric-era Miles (and) the legato drift of the Grateful Dead…manic Berber bop, hypnotic Moroccan gnawa and blissful electronica are usually present in the mix as well. Heady music that doesn’t neglect the tail.” – Time Out New York