Giant Step & Revive Music Present CHURCH with Mark de Clive-Lowe Joined by Lady Alma, DJ Carlos Mena and Special Guests

Mark de Clive-Lowe

MdCL is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere.

Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to the marvel of Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). Many try to classify this impressively fertile music journey, yet to identify with only one label belies the heavy scope of the ride. The piano set the course, the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as the fuel, the relentless skill of MdCL is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility. He's an accomplished musician, originally sowing his oats in straight-ahead jazz, before taking the music far beyond. Anchored by the duality of 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 phenom has seen his explosive natural gifts blaze across 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 birthed on stage for each and every gig. With bold chops like this, 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 a slew of others.

Currently based in LA after a decade entrenched in London, MdCL is ready to unveil his audacious new album, Renegades, with guest appearances that include Sheila E (Prince), Omar, Pino Palladino (D'Angelo/The Who), and Nia Andrews. It's the latest step in the evolution of MdCL, who has cemented his reputation as the go-to man for anyone wanting his unique take on club music, progressive soul and urban alternative. The new LP features club classics flavored from soul and funk, to tech-Afrobeat and Latin twists, all orchestrated by MdCL: a revolutionary Quincy Jones for a new generation, armed with the ability to meld the science of beat-making with the fluidity of composed music.

MdCL's potential is beyond convention. He's one who can take it all on the road like no one else, with a solid fan base that bridges cities as far reaching as LA, NYC, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney.

"…the man behind a million great tunes" – Gilles Peterson/Radio 1 Worldwide (UK)

"A Herbie Hancock for the new millennium" - Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada)

"Call it what you want, I'm sticking with the words awesome and genius" – Wax Magazine (UK)

"…the illest dude I have seen live" – Karizma (US)

South African-born and NYC-raised, Grae has been a fixture on the hip hop scene since the mid-90’s, and has recorded with the likes of The Roots, Talib Kweli, Masta Ace, The Herbalizer and Dego (4hero). Born into the jazz tradition—her parents are Abdullah Ibrahim and Sathima Bea Benjamin—Grae is respected not just for her vocal skills, but also her production and songwriting. She is the ultimate renaissance artist. Rounding out the lineup is DJ Chris Annibell, who has been a fixture on the soul, house and world dance scenes in NYC for well over a decade. An early contributor to Turntables on the Hudson, Annibell is the founder and resident DJ of Afrokinetic and Carmina Soul, and has shared the stage with the likes of Gilles Peterson, King Britt, Nickodemus, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Mark Farina, Soul Live, Tony Touch and Tortured Soul, among many others.

DJ Carlos Mena

To understand Carlos Mena and his music, you must understand his background.

Born in Puerto Rico, raised in Brooklyn, and childhood summers in the Dominican Republic, Carlos soaked up the vast array of sounds and musical idioms —from Djing house to hip-hop to salsa—to help form a unique foundation for his music sensibilities that can be heard throughout his music today.

Carlos Mena is a music producer and DJ that has produced music for platinum selling artist Arrested Development, Tre Hardson (The Pharcyde), Osunlade’s Yoruba Records, Vega Records, Got Soul Records, Deeper Soul Records, and Phuture Soul, as well as many local bay area artists, including Zion I. He also lead the popular Bay Area group 10BASS T, to many accolades and opening stints for Counting Crows, The Roots, and Lollapalooza. His Solo debut “Hip-Hop Meditations” fuses Afro-Cuban music with hip-hop and has received wonderful reviews from major hip-hop publications across the country. Carlos recently received an artistic fellowship grant from the City of Oakland for his work on Hip-Hop Meditations. He was also included in URB MAGAZINE’s NEXT 100 (up and coming artists) for 2006.

Carlos is also the founder and president of CASAMENA, an independent production house, and Ocha Records, a record label, based in South Beach, FL, that works with uncompromising artists to produce music that feeds our souls. CASAMENA is currently in production on a new project that further explores the relationship between Afro-Cuban (bata) rhythms and contemporary urban music with partner and award winning, master percussionist Michael Spiro. Also keeping him busy is the launch of Ocha Mzansi a sub-label in partnership with Soul Candi focused on the house music of South Africa. Ezel deep house album and an Mzee afro-house album. He has also recently released albums for Tamara Wellons, Ezel and Mzee, yielding hit songs like, “Oh Well”, and “Like Rain”, “Flores Blancas”, “In My Lifetime”, and “Mahuwuelele”.

His eclectic DJ sets continue to garner him the label of one of the hottest DJs on the U.S.A. circuit, while his organic approach to remixes have him working with artists such as, Grammy winner Louie Vega, Atjazz, Osunlade, and DJ Spinna.

A DJ and producer of deep and soulful house, hip-hop and latin music with over 25 years experience, as well as being a priest within the Afro-Cuban spiritual tradition called Lukumi, Carlos Mena is poised to bring forth new fusions of genres while respecting and maintaining traditions. Catch him at his celebrated monthly party BEMBE in SF, LA and MIAMI and NY, his new weekly residency, “Yoruba Dance Sessions“, and one of the most popular podcasts worldwide, with over 20,000 downloads monthly. THE CASAMENA RADIO HOUR.


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New York! Thanks for coming to the last Church edition in July. It was a fanstastic night featuring the gorgeous voice of N'Dea Davenport and a great set of Twilight Tone. Church continues with world-renowned DJ, producer, remixer, composer, musician, and Tru Thoughts recording artist Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL), alongside resident vocalist Nia andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), Nate Smith (José James/Dave Holland)on drums and Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective/Meshell Ndegeocello) on bass. This edition of CHURCH features a special appearance by Lady Alma on vocals. Hailing from Philadelphia, Alma Horton is a legend on the house and progressive soul scenes, and a frequent collaborator with MdCL (“Running For Nothing”, “Pressure”), as well as 4hero (“Hold It Down”), King Britt (Sylk 130) and Dego (Silhouette Brown). This month, be also prepared for sparks to fly as MdCL goes head-to-head with the highly respected DJ Carlos Mena (Ocha Records/Casamena/Yoruba Dance Sessions).

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