Introducing Perhapsody

greetings and salutations,

we did not lie to you. we realize that we have cried wolf many times in the past before our studio disc dropped, telling you that it was “coming”, and then it did not. come. eventually of course it did, and no doubt you have your very own personal copy sitting there on the dash of your spacecraft, but still you may smart from all of the shouts of “hey! balloon!!!”, when in fact there was no balloon. people can change, and so can aliens, and we have. changed. no more shouting about illusory things. when we say a cd is coming, by gum it’s coming. and it has. introducing our new live cd, Perhapsody. coming out june 19, just like we said it would. but don’t take it from me. take this from our “official press release”:

“When Club d’Elf released its first studio CD of its nine years of existence, Now I Understand, it was only fitting that the band should hold its official release party at the Lizard Lounge, where it had been playing most every other Thursday since ’98. For this special evening leader Mike Rivard gathered together a heavyweight ensemble of MMW keyboardist John Medeski, the dual guitars of Dave Tronzo (Daniel Lanois/Sex Mob) and Duke Levine (Shawn Colvin/Jonatha Brooke), Mister Rourke (Soulive) on turntables and samples, and original d’Elf drummer Erik Kerr. Joining this stellar cast (with Rivard on electric and acoustic basses and the Moroccan sintir) were horn players Tom Hall, Tom Halter (Either/Orchestra) and Sam Kininger (Soulive). Fortunately the music that evening was recorded, captured in all of it’s detail on multi-track. The result is the live CD that sounds like a studio CD, Perhapsody, the band’s seventh release on LA based Kufala. The album captures the intense energy that d’Elf bring to their live shows, which have become the stuff of legend, featuring telepathic improvisations adorning relentless grooves, played by musicians at the top of their craft…”

we will be celebrating the release of Perhapsody (a double cd, with over 150 min of REAL GAS MUSIC FROM JUPITER!) with a special show at a new venue for us, the Regattabar. we are also collectively gleaming like toy potatoes at the prospect of an evening that will see us on a co-bill with Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey. can your heart stand it? of course we will have copies available for you to purchase and put next to that copy of NIU, making you the envy of all of the slime molds and gaseous entities colliding with you as you orbit jupiter. and isn’t that what it’s all about? that, and leonard nimoy covering the bad brains ( if you can’t make it to the show, you can order your copy directly from kufala here: and remember: it comes in a clear, cellulose (ie: paper!) baggie, which you can, um roll your smoke in. natch!

read on for info on this show and other summer shows, including our long-anticipated return to the big apple in july. also we would like to extend a big up to tabla player Aditya Kalyanpur for joining us at the lizard lounge for our show there this past may 17. those who were there got quite a treat, and we look forward to playing more with this exceptional musician when he returns from india in august. lastly, these newsletters are now being blogged, if you’re into that.


Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Regattabar at the Charles Hotel, One Bennett St, Cambridge, MA. 02138. 617-661-5000.
Co-Bill w/ Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (
7:30 pm. Club d’Elf plays first, followed by JFJO. Both bands will play 1 set, aprox 60 – 75 min.
w/ Duke Levine (guitar), Roger Miller (keyboards), Tom Hall (tenor sax), Mister Rourke (turntables), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Dean Johnston (drums).

Friday June 22, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+. 2 sets starting at 10 pm.
w/ Dave Tronzo (slide guitar), Mister Rourke, Mike Rivard & Dean Johnston.

Friday July 13, 2007
The Stone Church, 5 Granite St., Newmarket, NH 03857.
603-659-6321. $10. 18+. Haale ( opens at 9 pm, and then 2 sets of d’elf beginning at 10:30.

Tues July 17, 2007
Crash Mansion, 199 Bowery St (between Spring St & Rivington), New York, NY 10002. 212-982-0740.
$10. 21+. w/ Brahim Fribgane (oud, perc & voice), Mat Maneri (elec viola), Oren Bloedow (guitar), Mike Rivard (bass & sintir) & Erik Kerr (drums).


Oct 26, 2007
Festival du Monde Arabe de Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, H2S 2K1, Canada.


hey all of you aspiring video production types! want to help the d’elf out? we recently came upon a box full of mini DV tapes of our spring ’01 tour w/ john medeski, brahim fribgane, mat maneri, micro, erik kerr & friends. some very cool moments from what little we’ve been able to watch. we need someone with a camera and/or playback device to transfer the tapes and compile some clips for youtube and whatnot. we’re also looking for someone with a camera to help us out with a video blog idea, so if interested respond to this email and all of your wildest dreams will come true. not responsible for disappointment, pain and suffering due to dreams not coming true.


Mondays in June (6/18 & 6/25)
Duke Levine Group (Duke Levine – Guitar; Kevin Barry – Guitar & Lap Steel; Mike Rivard – Bass; Per Hanson – Drums)
Atwoods Tavern, 877 Cambridge St. Cambridge, MA. 617-864-2792.
9:00 pm – 12 am. No cover!

Tues July 3, 2007
Mike Rivard & Friendly Monsters
Matt Murphy’s Pub, 14 Harvard St, Brookline Village, MA.
617-232-0188. 21+. Free!!!

Internalizing Musical Time and Mathematics, Using Indian and African Rhythm Systems, Movement and Recitation

Jerry Leake, director and percussionist o Lisa Leake, dancer, vocalist

Sunday July 22-Saturday July 28, 2007
New England Conservatory, Boston, MA

For further information on scholarships, scheduling and housing:
Contact Liam Malloy, Program Coordinator at 617-585-1190

Presented by the NEC Summer Intercultural Institute



~ by delfblog on June 18, 2007.

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