Mark De Clive Lowe Announces New Album 'Heritage'

January 7th 2019
Heritage will be released February 8th 2019.

"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. It's about identity and one's place in the world," muses pianist and electronics wizard Mark de Clive-Lowe. For the half-Japanese half-New Zealander who calls Los Angeles home, his latest musical offering, Heritage, is a deeply personal explo-ration of his ancestry and cultural roots.

Heritage was recorded live at LA's Blue Whale jazz club over three nights, as well as one day in a North Hollywood studio. Exactly where the live recording stops and the studio recording starts is all but impossible tell with de Clive-Lowe editing the material to purposely blur that line.
"The way I incorporate technology is always live - capturing and manipulating moments as they happen in real time - so this record was never about post-production, how you hear it on the album is how it happens live on stage."

The music reflects his own experiences in Japan ("Memories of Nanzenji" recollecting his visit to the historic Kyoto temple and gardens), the samurai warrior code ("Bushidō" - "The Way of the Warrior"), childhood folk songs ("Akatombo" - an arrangement of a traditional melody as ubiquitous to Japanese people as Twinkle Twinkle is in the west) and more.

On Heritage, de Clive-Lowe is joined by a cast of world class musicians: Josh Johnson (Leon Bridges/Esperanza Spalding), Teodross Avery (Talib Kweli/Mos Def), Brandon Eugene Owens (Terrace Martin/Robert Glasper), Brandon Combs (Moses Sumney/Iman Omari) and Carlos Niño (Build An Ark/Lifeforce Trio) - who all contribute stellar performances in support of de Clive-Lowe's music.

"These are not only my favorite musicians, but my friends, and that they were all able to be part of this project really means a lot to me. They're all such incredible musicians, and no one brings any ego to the table - that's one key thing that makes it possible to explore this music with a real sense of vulnerability and honesty."

Heritage is the first in a two part project. Heritage II will be unveiled in April 2019. Original album artwork is by Japanese painter Tokio Aoyama.

 

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