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Japanese-New Zealander composer, jazz musician, remixer and electronic music producer, Mark de Clive-Lowe is an internationally established artist with more than 20 years of experience spanning multiple genres and continents. L.A.-based since 2008, de Clive-Lowe has released close to 20 solo albums and hundreds of collaborations on stage and in the studio with musicians, artists, and DJs including Kenny Dope, Jody Watley, DJ Spinna, Sheila E., Kamasi Washington, Pino Palladino, and Harvey Mason. His remix productions include Shirley Horn, Hiatus Kaiyote, and the Blue Note Records catalog. Recent works have seen Mark take deep-dives into his Japanese roots, interpreting ancestry through the lens of jazz and electronica, and pioneering projects in the web3 music space. He is the founder of Mashibeats—a creator/collector DAO in-the-making; a recipient of the 2021 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship, and an active curator and educator.

"Way before jazz hybridity became a worldwide phenomenon, de Clive-Lowe was busy designing its blueprint.” — Jazziz

"(The) avant-garde soulful pianist/DJ/producer delivers his lifetime of journeys to different musical ports in a concise package, seamlessly... transporting not just in genre but in emotion and spirit." — Huffington Post

Val Jeanty, also known as Val-Inc, is a Haitian afrofuturist, drummer, turntablist, and professor at Berklee College of Music. Jeanty is a pioneer of the electronic music subgenre called Afro- Electronica (also called "Vodou-Electro") incorporating Haitian Vodou rhythms with digital instrumentations by synergistically combining acoustics with electronics and the archaic with the postmodern. Jeanty’s Afro-Electronica performances include The Whitney Museum, The Museum of Modern Art and internationally at The Venice Biennale in Italy. Jeanty has worked with a diverse group of artists including Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton and SunRa’s drummer Francisco Mora Catlett. She was a 2017 Van Lier fellow, was commissioned by NYSCA for Roulette Intermedium 2019 Residency and she is a 2022 Toulmin/CBA Fellowship recipient.

Electronic jazz pioneer and pianist Mark de Clive-Lowe blends acoustic, electronic and world music exploring themes of belonging and identity. Mark’s virtuosity on his musical instruments, from piano to Native Instrument’s Maschine is unparalleled. In a quote from Jazziz, “ Way before jazz hybridity became a worldwide phenomenon, de Clive-Lowe was busy designing its blueprint.” Don’t miss this opportunity to see an incredible musician incorporating digital instruments into a musically intricate and fluid set.

Val Jeanty, also known as Val-Inc, is a Haitian electronic music composer, turntablist, drummer, and professor at Berklee College of Music who evokes the musical esoteric realms of the creative subconscious self-defined as “Afro-Electronica.” A quote from Big Ears Festivals describes it best, “Jeanty plays ancient Haitian vodou rhythms through experimental electronic music’s modern apparatus of samplers, laptop filters, and digital pads, building propulsive but ethereal beats that hang like sinuous sculptures in the air.”

Val’s intricate and refined sense of rhythm and musical flow is refreshing and unique and nothing less than awe inspiring.