8.31.12 Mark De Clive-Lowe Group
Half Japanese half New Zealander musician/producer Mark de Clive-Lowe has been on the music journey since starting piano when he was four. Classical piano lessons, jazz for playing pleasure and hip hop and soul on the stereo gave Mark the diverse foundation that his eclectic style has developed from.
For over the past ten years, MdCL’s musical journeying has taken him to the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Cuba. Performing and recording in different settings collaborating with DJ/producers, turntablists, acoustic jazz artists, Japanese Kagura, and the world of latin rhythms, Mark has become a major figure in the world of new music, blending jazz, ethnic music and urban flavors into a fresh 21st Century mix.
From 1998-2008, MdCL has been a key collaborator, artist and producer in West London’s vibrant and multi-cultural music community. His debut LP Six Degrees [Universal Jazz/emarcy] was released worldwide in 2000 – signatured with an amalgamation of jazz sensibilities and urban influences, the album found a niche with DJs, critics and audiences worldwide:
‘Firmly at the front of the nu-skool jazz and beats movement’ – The Times [UK]
‘Call it nu-jazz, call it nu-house, call it future-jazz, in fact call it what you want, I’m sticking with the words awesome and genius’ – Wax Magazine [UK]
Two world tours later MdCL had taken the Six Degrees live show global including featured slots at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival – having been personally invited to perform by techno legend Carl Craig, Amsterdam Drum Rhythm Festival, London Jazz Festival and throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia. Live Events
2001 saw MdCL contributing a stand out remix production for jazz legend Shirley Horn on the Verve//Remixed LP alongside tracks from MAW, Joe Clausell and Thievery Corporation and in 2002/3/4 releases also included collaborations with Kenny Dope [Masters at Work/Nuyorican Soul], DJ Spinna [BBE/rapster], IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic and Restless Soul. Over the past 10 years, Mark has stamped his sound on over 250 releases collaborating with some of the most cutting edge producers and artists around the world – include tracks for soul legend Leon Ware, productions for Philadelphia’s Lady Alma and Grammy Artist Jody Watley, Omar, Incognito and Brazilian superstar Ed Motta.
MdCL’s album TIDE’S ARISING was released worldwide in 2005 on ABB Soul/Antipodean featuring a who’s who of guest artists including Bembé Segué, Abdul Shyllon, Pino Palladino [D'Angelo's Soultronics/The Who], Capitol A [The Roots/Jazzanova] and more. Immediately a new millennium classic, Tide’s Arising was one of the standout albums of 2005 topping critics lists worldwide. Tide’s Arising Live shows have been performed in the UK, Europe, Japan, NZ, Australia and USA. 2007 saw MdCL release the Japan-only album JOURNEY 2 THE LIGHT also launching the Freedom School record label. Featuring Bembé Segué, Sammy Figueroa [Miles Davis], Jason Yarde [Jack DeJohnette] and Richard Spaven [Guru/Jose James] the album brought the 70s Black Jazz and Strata East sound into the 21st Century with MdCL’s most jazz-oriented album yet.
Recent and upcoming MdCL projects have included producing for Grammy Artist and jazz trumpeter Nicholas Payton, vocalists Sy Smith (Chris Botti/Meshell N’Degeocello),Sandra St Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan) and Grammy Artist Jody Watley, as well as working on his own forthcoming new album. See the releases page for full info.
MdCL performs all around the planet regularly, every time redefining audiences’ concept of club culture and electronics brought to the live stage. New dates are regularly announced on the Events page – also, keep up to date via the myspace.com page.
‘the illest dude I have seen live’ - Karizma [USA]
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