Musical polymath Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight -juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making on-the-fly, all brought to lifewith a casual ease that’s mind-boggling. The half-Japanese New Zealander hascalled LA home for almost 8 years now and his acclaimed club night CHURCH hastaken his brand of electronic and beat-infused jazz from coast to coast and aroundthe globe. Equal parts jazz musician, DJ and production wizard, MdCL’s sets are atreat for the dancers, the listeners, the progressives and the purists alike, as hecasually 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 hopclassics, to underground house and broken beat. Recorded and improvised live inone take, MdCL deploys his drum machine, sample pads, rhodes and keyboardson-the-fly bringing unique perspective to moments created decades earlier by thelikes 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, toreimagining sax great Joe Henderson riding a broken-afro electronic frenzy, MdCLpaints his own vision of what Blue Note means to him.