Musical polymath Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight -juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making on-thefly, all brought to life with a casual ease that’s mindboggling. The half-Japanese, half New Zealander has called LA home for almost 8 years now and his acclaimed club night CHURCH has taken his brand of electronic and beat-infused jazz from coast to coast and around the globe. Equal parts jazz musician, DJ and production wizard, MdCL’s sets are a treat for the dancers, the listeners, the progressives and the purists alike, as he casually erases the lines between genres and eras.
Armed with a crateful of classics from Blue Note Records’ genre-defining years, Mark de Clive-Lowe has created a live-remix mixtape weaving from jazz to hip hop classics, to underground house and broken beat. Recorded and improvised live in one take, MdCL deploys his drum machine, sample pads, rhodes and keyboards on-the-fly bringing unique perspective to moments created decades earlier by the likes of Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, and Donald Byrd. From reminiscing samples that we fell in love with through A Tribe Called Quest and J Dilla, to reimagining sax great Joe Henderson riding a broken-afro electronic frenzy, MdCL paints his own vision of what Blue Note means to him.
With guest cameos from rappers Bambu, John Robinson and Illa J, Inglewood CA- singer Nia Andrews, bass master Pino Palladino and rare collaborations with infamously elusive saxophonist Nomad Pendergrass.