DJ and musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe, AKA MdCL
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and Grand Performances are changing the pace for LAX Presents this April, bringing musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe, also known as MdCL, to LAX’s international terminal to put on a high-energy show. The multi-instrumentalist DJ will be at Tom Bradley International Terminal’s Great Hall, spinning music that celebrates our city’s vibrant, global influences and casually erases the lines between genres and eras. The performance will be the very first evening concert for LAX Presents, and will include dancers who will translate MdCL’s music into movement and a live percussionist.
MdCL is the second artist on LAX Presents’ line-up this year, one of the nine talented, Los Angeles-based artists billed to perform two dates per month until November. The goal of LAX Presents is to bring together entertainers with extensive local and global experience, allowing them to share their craft and cultures with travelers and Angelenos alike.
Wednesday 4 April, and Thursday 5 April
- 1st Set: 5:00 PM – 5:50 PM
- Break: 5:50 PM – 6:00 PM
- 2nd set: 6:00 PM – 6:50 PM
Tom Bradley International Terminal – Great Hall
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Event to occur beyond TSA passenger screening – media escort required
Advanced R.S.V.P. needed by Thursday, March 29
- Mark de Clive-Lowe, pianist, composer, and live production whiz whose signature sound of technology and beat-infused jazz mash-up has taken over the globe.
- Amrahu Ibraheem, Cynthia Irobunda, and Rebecca Tsaur, dancers of mixed styles, who will be improvising to the DJ set, bringing it to life through dance.
- Allakoi Peete, a percussionist who will be playing along to MdCL’s sets. Allakoi’s credits include performances with Terrace Martin, Fergie, and Jamire Williams.
- MdCL juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all at once
- Three dancers moving to MdCL’s music in the TBIT Great Hall
- Percussionist playing along to the beats
- International travellers enjoying (and dancing to!) the music of DJ MdCL and his fellow performers
About The Artist
“I will be doing a live remix set – while sounding like a DJ set, where a DJ selects and plays records,” said DJ Mark de Clive-Lowe in describing the sets he’ll be doing as part of his April LAX Presents performances. “I’ll be literally making each track beat by beat, record by record, from scratch, by hand, on the fly, using keyboards, drum machine and samplers, live remixing vocals and source material into a unique forward thinking dance floor set.”
Musical maverick Mark de Clive-Lowe seems an impossibility at first sight: juggling piano, synths, live sampling and beat making all on-the-fly and brought to life with a casual ease that’s mind-boggling. The Japanese-New Zealander was raised primarily in New Zealand where he studied piano from a young age, developing an avid passion for jazz through his father’s record collection. In high school, he fell in love with Native Tongues, a collective of late ‘80s and early ‘90s hip hop artists, and early UK jungle, a form of electronic music that emerged from England in the 1990s, laying the foundation for what was to come next.
During his hugely formative decade at the epicentre of London’s underground music scene, MdCL helped evolve broken beat music, known for its blend of jazz, electronic, funk and percussion, alongside some of the UK’s most forward-thinking trailblazers. He established himself as a new voice in progressive electronic music, leading global tastemaker DJ Gilles Peterson to designate him as “the man behind a million great tunes.”
Since 2008, MdCL has called Los Angeles home, where his acclaimed club night CHURCH has taken his signature sound of technology and beat-infused jazz mash-up from coast to coast and around the world. Equal parts pianist, composer and live production wizard, MdCL’s sets are a treat for the listeners, the dancers, the progressives and the purists alike, as he casually erases the lines between genres and eras.
Whether he’s remixing classic Blue Note Records in real time, on stage joined by the likes of Kamasi Washington, Nia Andrews or Eric Harland, improvising solo piano or creating live soundtracks to classic film material, MdCL is an artist in constant evolution, reaching for that next level. He has performed with Harvey Mason, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dwight Trible and Jean Grae; remixed Shirley Horn, Hiatus Kaiyote, Mantombi Matotiyana and Jerry Goldsmith; and recorded as producer and collaborator with artists all over the planet. MdCL has been featured at festivals including Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Montreal International Jazz, North Sea Jazz, FAT FAT FAT Festival, Tokyo Crossover Jazz Festival, and is an established performer globally, from Africa to Asia and across the U.S. and Europe, all the way to New Zealand and Australia.
Broadcast-equipped media vehicles displaying valid LAX Media Parking Permits ONLY may park curbside on the Upper/Departures Level and must be attended at all times. All other media may park in T-4 Parking Structure across from terminal.
Advanced RSVP Required
Because the location of the event is beyond TSA security screening, media planning to attend the event must be vetted by LAWA’s Airport Police Division in advance of the event. NO MEDIA WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT R.S.V.P. Consider R.S.V.P.’ing for alternative attendee(s) in the event that your previously selected attendee(s) will be unable to attend.
RSVPs must be received by email@example.com no later than noon on Thursday 29 March, and will require the following information:
- Full Name (First, Middle, Last)
- Government-Issued ID (e.g., Driver’s License, Passport)
- ID Number
- ID Expiration Date
- Date of Birth
- Gender as Listed on the Government-Issued ID
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