Globally attuned hybrid organic/electronic groove experimentalism with a distinct love of North African music and a wide swath of airspace allotted to expert improvisation, Club d’Elf is the rotating-membership collective headed by Boston-based bassist and composer Mike Rivard. The rotation has featured a number of luminaries over the years, but the most frequent big name on the marquee has been the wicked exploratory keyboardist and Hudson Valley resident John Medeski, which may explain why Club d’Elf performs around here so much. This time, however, it is not at the Falcon (their home away from home), but in the acoustically pristine and elegant tiered listening room of Club Helsinki in Hudson.
Club d’Elf heads to Helsinki Hudson for a record-release show in Saturday, January 14 at 9 p.m. The new release in question is, appropriately enough, Live at Club Helsinki, which is slated for a January 13 release. Turns out that Club d’Elf’s association with Club Helsinki stretched back to the venue’s Western Massachusetts origins.
Tickets to the show cost $20. For tickets and more information, visit www.helsinkihudson.com. Club Helsinki is located at 405 Columbia Street in Hudson.