Mark de Clive-Lowe

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Mark de Clive-Lowe
Mark de Clive-Lowe in Ljubljana, Slovenia by Jan Prunk (2013).JPG
Mark de Clive-Lowe performs live on 54th Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia on 6 July 2013
Background information
Birth name Mark de Clive-Lowe
Origin New Zealand
Genres jazz, R&B, dance, electronica, pop
Occupations music producer, musician, deejay, record producer
Instruments keyboard, piano, electronics
Years active 1995-present
Associated acts Sy Smith, Jody Watley, Nia Andrews
Website Mark de Clive-Lowe Official Webpage

Mark de Clive-Lowe is a musician and producer originally from New Zealand, and now based in Los Angeles, California, since 2009 after ten years residing in London, UK. He has been one of the key musicians in the broken beat and nu jazz movements, blending jazz, ethnic music and urban grooves into a 21st-century sound. He has been involved with over 150 releases, collaborating with as diverse a range of artists as Lauryn Hill, Jody Watley, Sy Smith, UK soul singer Omar, percussionist Sammy Figueroa (Miles Davis), bass player Pino Palladino (D'Angelo/The Who).

Half Japanese and half New Zealander, de Clive-Lowe was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He grew up playing piano from age 4 and an active musical interest throughout his childhood and teenage years. Since 1996, de Clive-Lowe has been a regular touring fixture primarily in the US, UK, Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Multiple world tours have included performances at the Montreal Jazz Festival, Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Amsterdam Drum Rhythm Festival, London Jazz Festival, SildaJazz, Jazz A Vienne and more.

Having recorded two locally released solo albums for New Zealand independent Tap Records in the late 1990s (plus an album as a member of the group Jazz In The Present Sense), his third album Six Degrees was released worldwide in 2000 (Universal Jazz/emarcy). The following release "Melodious Beats vol.1" was a compilation album of his remixes and collaborations released on his own imprint Antipodean Records. De Clive-Lowe released his next full length album Tide's Arising 22 March 2005 on ABB Soul/Antipodean and Columbia in Japan. The album features Pino Palladino. Tide's Arising was considered to be one of the most groundbreaking new jazz albums from the UK in 2005.[1]

Mark de Clive-Lowe's next solo album, Renegades,[2] was released 14 November 2011 on Tru Thoughts. The album features Omar, Sheila E., Nia Andrews, Tawiah, Ovasoul7 and Sandra Nkake. The Why featuring Nia Andrews was released as the first single in early October 2011. His latest album is a collaboration with the Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra big band 'Take the Space Trane' (Tru Thoughts Records) recorded live at De Doelen, Rotterdam Netherlands. He has also produced all tracks on the studio album for US singer Sy Smith, 'Fast and Curious' released in March 2012, and all tracks on the studio album for US singer Sandra St. Victor of The Family Stand, 'Oya's Daughter' released September 2013.

In October, 2013, the musician announced his 11th studio album, CHURCH, which is to be funded as a crowd-funded project on Kickstarter.[3] The album is named after the music event Mark has presented in New York and Los Angeles since 2000.[3][4] It was released on Mashibeats/Ropeadope May 27, 2014.[3]



  • Church (Mashibeats/Ropeadope), 2014
  • Take the Space Trane (Tru Thoughts), 2013
  • Renegades (Tru Thoughts), 2012
  • Journey 2 the Light (Freedom School), 2007
  • The Politik (Antipodean), 2006
  • Face (Columbia Japan), 2006
  • Tide's Arising (ABB Soul), 2005
  • Tide's Arising [Japan edition] (Columbia Japan), 2005
  • Melodius Beats Vol. 1 (Antipodean), 2003
  • Six Degrees (Universal Jazz), 2000
  • Island of Nuvonesia (Kog Transmissions), 2000
  • Vision (Tap Records), 1997
  • Tokyo Trio (Live In Japan) - release withheld
  • First Thoughts (Tap Records), 1996


  • Freesoul Sessions EP03 [Antipodean Records]
  • Freesoul Sessions EP02 [Antipodean Records]
  • Freesoul Sessions EP01 [Antipodean Records]
  • Tide's Arising Album Sampler [Antipodean Records]
  • Day by Day/El Dia Perfecto remixes - [Universal Jazz]
  • State of the Mental/Traveling Remixes [ABB Soul/Antipodean Records]


  • Moonlight (feat Blu)
  • Twilight (feat Lady Alma)
  • Keep It Moving (feat Lady Alma)
  • Mezmerized (feat Lyric L)
  • 4.y.v.
  • Relax....Unwind (feat Abdul Shyllon)
  • The Way That It Goes (feat Maiya James)
  • Nites Like These
  • Move On Up (feat Cherie Mathieson)
  • Better Days/Chocolate Sunday
  • Truth (with Sy Smith)
  • Lovergirl (Syberized) (with Sy Smith)
  • The Why (feat Nia Andrews)


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