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Friday, Feb 18 2005 | 15:13

Half Japanese half New Zealander musician / producer Mark de Clive-Lowe has been on the music journey since starting piano when he was only 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. All of this training pays off in the form of his latest project, “Tide’s Arising“.

Over the past ten years, Mark’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 nu-jazz movement, blending jazz, world music and urban grooves into a fresh 21st Century flavor.

West London based, Mark is a key collaborator, artist and producer in the scene spear-headed by Bugz in the Attic, 4Hero, Restless Soul and IG Culture (NSM). 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. Two world tours later and Mark has taken the Six Degrees live show global including featured slots at the Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Amsterdam Drum Rhythm Festival, and London Jazz Festival and throughout Europe, Asia and Australasia.
2001 saw Mark contributing a stand out remix production of Shirley Horn on the Verve / Remixed LP alongside tracks from MAW, Joe Clausell and Thievery Corporation and in 2002, his carnival soul-beats anthem “Relax … Unwind” featuring Abdul Shyllon became one of the year’s underground hits worldwide for the likes of Gilles Peterson, Jazzy Jeff, MAW and Jazzanova. Recent releases also include collaborations with Kenny Dope (Masters At Work), DJ Spinna (BBE/Rapster), Rima (JCR), IG Culture, Bugz in the Attic and Restless Soul. Over the past 4 years, Mark has stamped his sound on over 100 releases collaborating with some of the most cutting edge producers and artists around the world.

Mark’s forthcoming new album will be released worldwide in late March. “Tide’s Arising” features 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.

“the man behind a million great tunes” Gilles Peterson (Radio 1 Worldwide)

“killa release!” Richard Dorfmeister

“… absolutely stunning – 10/10” Laurent Garnier

“… fucking insane … a classic!” DJ Spinna

“… he brings an amazing flavor to soul music … the future is now!” King Britt (Fivesixrecordings)

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