Robert Browning Associates presents
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8:00pm
Opening Concert of A World in Trance Festival- 2nd Edition!
CLUB D'ELF featuring BRAHIM FRIBGANE
Trance Music of Morocco
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue (at 3rd Ave), Downtown Brooklyn
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. In addition to Fribgane (oud, percussion, voice) and Rivard (bass, sintir), the artists include Mat Maneri (viola), Paul Schultheis (Moog, Rhodes, melodica), Mister Rourke (turntables), and Dean Johnston (drums) with special guest Ned Rothenberg (reeds).
" intoxicating" - Boston Globe
"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
"...an incredible series of jams...sustain(ing) an intense, mesmeric vibe throughout. Overall, this stuff is simply world-class fusion..." - JazzTimes
"Focus your attention on the music of Morocco and India during the three-night "A World in Trance" festival, which lifts off this evening with a performance by trance-endental Boston ethno- psychedelic improvisers Club d'Elf. Led by Mike Rivard, a bassist who also plays the sintir (a three-stringed Moroccan bass lute), Club d'Elf's turntable-enhanced lineup will be joined by Casablanca-born oudist Brahim Fribgane. The reverie continues on Saturday with the Gundecha Brothers, modern masters of India's 500-year-old dhrupad vocal style, which unwinds with deep, slow subtlety and a two-headed pakhawaj barrel drum. Sitarist Ustad Shahid Parvez and violinist Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi wrap up the festivities Sunday with a rare meeting of Northern and Southern Indian classical styles accompanied by mrdangam and tabla drummers." - Richard Gehr, Village Voice