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Michael Rivard

Composer/bassist/sintir-player Mike Rivard has played with Morphine, Hassan Hakmoun, John Medeski & Billy Martin (MMW), Either/Orchestra, Jonatha Brooke, Aimee Mann, Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole, and many others. He leads the award-winning dub-jazz-trance group Club d'Elf, recipient of the Boston Music Award in 2007 for Outstanding Jazz Act. He also performs with World music groups Natraj & Grand Fatilla, as well as the Boston Pops & Broadway tours of Wicked, Disney's The Lion King, The Color Purple, Mary Poppins & many others. For the past 10 years Rivard has been immersed in Moroccan music, particularly that of the Gnawa and the Berber people of the Atlas mountains. In 2009 he received a grant from the City of Somerville & the US State Dept to travel to Morocco as part of a cultural delegation led by Mayor Curtatone to establish a sister-city partnership with Tiznit, Morocco. He has also received an Artists Fellowship grant through the Somerville Arts Council, as well as the Iguana Music Fund grant.
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