Mark de Clive-Lowe Drops Smooth New Album 'Heritage'
LA-based producer and composer Mark de Clive-Lowe dropped his new album ‘Heritage.’
For the half-Japanese half-New Zealander who calls Los Angeles home, Heritage is a deeply personal exploration of de Clive-Lowe’s ancestry and cultural roots. “Heritage is the idea of transmitting from the past to the future - knowing more about who we are and where we’re going by understanding where we come from,” he says. “It’s about identity and one’s place in the world.”
“I was raised bi-culturally and as time goes on, the more I appreciate how much I owe to my roots,” de Clive-Lowe continues. “Japan is my spiritual and ancestral home - the connection I feel there is so visceral and has shaped much of my life, largely without me even being fully aware of its influence. This music is me openly embracing and interpreting what Japan means, feels like and sounds like to me.”
De Clive-Lowe is somewhat of a musical chameleon - as comfortable on the grand piano in a jazz club as he is multi-tasking electronics and live beats for a dancefloor. Like his peers Kamasi Washington, Makaya McCraven and Robert Glasper, de Clive-Lowe isn’t content to simply play the jazz lane and he purposefully reaches across a broad palette of genres and influences to create something quite unlike anything else.