Mark de Clive-Lowe
'The Heritage Suite' is a selection of compositions from my project ‘Heritage’ - a double album deep dive into my Japanese roots through the lens of jazz and electronica I released last year. The project reaches into my childhood memories from Japan, ancestral connection through folklore and reflections on my experiences in Japan through my adult life.
I’m opening the set with ‘Memories of Nanzenji’ set to footage I filmed at Kakusenkei Gorge in Kaga, on the west coast of Japan last summer. 'Memories of Nanzenji' is my ode to a meditative day I spent in the Tenjuan Gardens at Nanzenji Temple in Kyoto a few years ago. There's something so captivating and spiritually evocative to me about Japanese gardens, nature and the way the Japanese balance nature and humankind. 'Memories of Nanzenji' is a reflection of all that and in opening this set, speaks to that balance of nature and our journey through nature to reach an unknown destination. The trickle of a river’s running water and the sounds of nature provide the ambient bed for me to set the scene as we journey into the Japan of my imagination and life. Our arrival point at the end of the introduction montage is our formal entrance into the world of Heritage.
I'm performing this suite playing keyboards, live programming and live sampling to create a one-man-band setup that allows me to explore my love for the piano as much as it does my love for beats and sample culture.
Mark de Clive-Lowe was born in 1974 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Japanese-New Zealander was raised primarily in New Zealand where he learned piano from a young age and developed an avid passion for Jazz through his father’s record collection. In high school, he fell in love with sample-heavy 90s Hip Hop and early U.K. drum’n’bass, laying the foundation for what was to come next.
After moving to London in the late 90s, he established himself as a prominent voice in Progressive Electronic music, becoming known for his approach to combining Jazz while juggling piano, synths, live sampling, and beat making. Since 2008, de Clive-Lowe has called Los Angeles home, where his acclaimed club night CHURCH has grown into a worldwide phenomenon, equal parts Jazz club, dance party, and live remix experiment. His latest opus Heritage is a deep dive into his Japanese roots and ancestry through the lens of Jazz and Electronica, an immersive and evocative soundtrack transporting the listener through de Clive-Lowe's own experience of Japan along with his love for its history and mythology.
A prolific artist, de Clive-Lowe has released 20 albums and contributed to over 300 releases as a performer and producer. He has collaborated with such artists including Harvey Mason, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dwight Trible and Jean Grae, among others. He has been featured at esteemed Jazz festivals the world over—including the Montreal Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival, and Montreux Jazz Atlanta—and he has given feature performances at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., and Lincoln Center in New York. He is a recipient of the 2021 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Program Fellowship, a joint program of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.