CHURCH's Seventh Installment with Mark de Clive-Lowe + DJ Ian Friday and Surprise 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.


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World-renowned DJ, Producer, Remixer, Composer, Musician, and Tru Thoughts recording artist Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) returns alongside resident vocalist Nia Andrews (Janelle Monae/Common), Nate Smith (José James/Dave Holland) on drums and Mark Kelley (The Roots) on bass. This edition of CHURCH features a special appearance by Ian Friday, the NYC-based “Global Soul” DJ who has been a mainstay of the soul and house music scenes internationally since the early 1990’s, helping to break the careers of Erykah Badu, Mos Def and Talib Kweli, among many others, and also creating the residency Libation which has become the stuff of house music legend for NYC over the past 5+ years.

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