A bona fide Nu Jazz Master returns to Toronto!
The “Herbie Hancock for the New Millennium”
Live with “The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul”!
NuFunk.ca, the Nu Jazz Festival and The Main Ingredient are excited and honoured to be bringing one of the world’s true Nu Jazz artform masters, Mark De Clive-Lowe, back to Toronto for the first time since his 2006 Beats & Breaks Culture set At Harbourfront. This time, de Clive-Lowe features “The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul” Sy Smith.
It’s all happening Thursday November 11th at Revival Bar (783 College St.). Doors are at 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are $15 online at TicketWeb.ca or at Rotate This, Soundscapes (572 College St.) & Play De Record (357 Yonge St.). Joining our special guests will be Melbourne’s hottest nu jazz producer Sunny Albeau and the much-loved T.O. DJ duo of Jason Palma & General Eclectic.
Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL) is a New Zealander-Japanese musician and producer now based in L.A. after the last decade in the UK. He's a devastating live performer creating studio production on stage from scratch using drum machines, keyboards and effects - live remixes created on stage for each and every gig. As well as performances at clubs, festivals and parties worldwide, he's on over 250 releases for Masters At Work Records, Verve, Impulse and collaborating with as diverse a range of artists as Jody Watley, Sheila E (Prince), Omar, Pino Palladino (D'Angelo/The Who), Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson), Dame Shirley Bassey, Sandra St Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan) and plenty more, MdCL is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you'll find anywhere.
MdCL's album Tide’s Arising was released worldwide in 2005 on ABB Soul/Antipodean featuring a who's who of guest artists including Bembé Segué, Abdul Shyllon, Pino Palladino [D'Angelo's Soultronics/The Who], Capitol A [The Roots/Jazzanova] and more. Immediately a new millennium classic, Tide's Arising was one of the standout albums of 2005 topping critics lists worldwide. Tide's Arising live shows have been performed in the UK, Europe, Japan, NZ, Australia and USA. 2007 saw MdCL release the Japan-only album Journey 2 The Light also launching the Freedom School record label. Featuring Bembé Segué, Sammy Figueroa [Miles Davis], Jason Yarde [Jack DeJohnette] and Richard Spaven [Guru/Jose James] the album brought the 70s Black Jazz and Strata East sound into the 21st Century with MdCL's most jazz-oriented album yet.
Often referred to as The Underground Queen of R&B and Soul, Sy Smith rose to fame in the late 1990s when she signed a recording contract with Hollywood Records. Smith released her album Psykosoul in 2000, which spawned the singles "Good N Strong" and "Gladly". In 2005 began her own recording label known as Pysko! Records; and re-issued of her first album entitled, Psykosoul Plus, with the new single "Welcome Back". Later that year, Smith released her second album The Syberspace Social spawning the three new singles "Fa'Sho", "Aquarius Rising", and "No Place Like Love". In 2006, Smith released a single "Fill in the Blanks". While on tour in 2007, Sy Smith released her first live DVD Sy Smith Live: Worship At The Temple, recorded live at Temple Bar in Santa Monica, California. In 2008, Smith released her third studio album, Conflict, with the lead single "Fly Away With Me" along with hree other singles "Conflict", "Spies", and "Ain't Nobody's Bizness".
Christian Bernardi, aka Sunny Albeau, is combines keyboards & electronic devices to create cutting-edge dance music on the fly. He has performed in London, Tokyo, New York, San Diego and Wellington. His newest album, 2010’s, The Marlbro Sounds, is an experimental nu-jazz journey through New Zealand’s isolated cluster of islands and sea, The Marlborough Sounds.
Heavily influenced by great filmmakers as well as musicians, his inspirations include Federico Fellini, Luis Bunuel, Jean-Luc Godard, John Coltrane, Jimmy Smith and Henry Mancini.