On February 8th, pianist, producer and composer Mark de Clive-Lowe will release his new album Heritage via Ropeadope. 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. The album was announced today with the release of their first single “Memories Of Nanzenji.” Listen here: https://youtu.be/m1AYf8fu4nM
“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.
De Clive-Lowe will play Heritage live on January 12th at SOB’s in Manhattan for Winter Jazzfest.