Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL)


Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, or DJ, the multi-talented Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) defies easy categorisation; he’s an accomplished musician, starting out with straight-ahead jazz, before taking his music far beyond. Anchored by his Japanese and New Zealand parentage and ignited by a love of playing piano at the age of four, it is no wonder this multi-national artist has toured the globe, from NZ to the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Cuba.

A devastating live performer, the MdCL experience is marked by impromptu studio production created on stage from scratch, using drum machines, keyboards, accapella tracks and effects. The end result: live remixes built on stage for each and every gig. To call him “prolific” is an understatement, having contributed to over 250 releases and being a first-call collaborator for a wide range of artists, including Jill Scott, Jody Watley, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson/Maxwell), Dame Shirley Bassey, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan), amongst many others.

Currently based in LA after a decade entrenched in London, MdCL’s acclaimed club night CHURCH has taken his signature sound of technology and beat-infused jazz mash-up from coast to coast and around the globe. Equal parts pianist, composer and live production wizard, MdCL’s sets are a treat for the listeners, the dancers, the progressives and the purists alike – as he casually erases the lines between genres and eras.

MdCL’s albums for Tru Thoughts capture the breadth of that eclecticism. “Renegades”, with guest appearances from Sheila E (Prince), Omar, Tawiah, Pino Palladino (D’Angelo/The Who), and Nia Andrews, features club classic flavours from soul and funk, to tech-Afrobeat and Latin twists.  “Take the Space Trane” a collaborative album with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra was born when MdCL met the trumpeter Rob van de Wouw at an improv festival where he was performing in Rotterdam; on hearing him play, van de Wouw asked if he would guest with his big band. Having played in big bands back in high school in New Zealand, while cutting his teeth as a jazz pianist, MdCL seized the opportunity to revisit it from this whole new standpoint: “Big band was the sound of dance music in the ‘20s and ‘30s so to apply that aesthetic and sound to my own music was going to be fun”.

Check out “Renegades” on our Bandcamp page

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