Nickodemus/Turntables on the Hudson:
When Nickodemus and Mariano started the Turntables on the Hudson (TOTH) parties in 1998 it was one of the first late night outdoor events in NYC. With the addition of Groove Collective founding member Nappy G on percussion, the party became an adventurous, young, free-spirited community known for its eclectic musical blend.
In the past ten years TOTH took their beats from parking garages, lofts & boats to residencies at renowned NY clubs and venues like The Frying Pan, Opaline, Shelter, The Brooklyn Loft, Cielo, Element, Hiro Ballroom, SOB's and Spiegelworld. After ten years, the TOTH parties are now taking place Fridays at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City overlooking Manhattan and the East River.
TOTHís music policy has always been maximum funk and absolute fun. One can easily hear home-born genres like hip-hop, funk, house and soul played back to back with Latin, Afrobeat and Eastern European gypsy sounds. In addition to hosting live guests in the past including Brazilian Girls, Antibalas, Tortured Soul and Los Amigos Invisibles, the crew has also fused live musicianship into their sets. The heavy percussive element has been highlighted with West African percussion ensembles, live samba batucada bands and New Orleans & Eastern Brass bands. Top-shelf DJs that joined them on deck over the past decade including Louie Vega,DJ Spinna, Rich Medina, DJ Smash, Mr. Scruff, Rainer Truby, Peter Kruder, Quantic and Mark Rae, among dozens of others.
Turntables on the Hudson has six volumes of music that were made by members of the crew and from friends in NY and abroad. Artists such as Zeb, Nickodemus, Nappy G, Quantic, Candela Allstars, Raeo, Sabo, Jay Rogriguez and Groove Collective are frequent contributors to the TOTH sound.
Mark de Clive-Lowe
MdCL is one of the most innovative producers and live performers you will find anywhere.
Whether you call him artist, producer, composer, pianist, performer, DJ, or selecta, titles are impartial to the marvel of Mark de Clive-Lowe (MdCL). Many try to classify this impressively fertile music journey, yet to identify with only one label belies the heavy scope of the ride. The piano set the course, the keyboard is the vehicle, and with the drum machine as the fuel, the relentless skill of MdCL is underscored by a rare sonic sensibility. He’s an accomplished musician, originally sowing his oats in straight-ahead jazz, before taking the music far beyond. Anchored by the duality of his Japanese and New Zealand parentage and ignited by a love of playing piano at the age of four, it is no wonder this multi-national phenom has seen his explosive natural gifts blaze across the globe from NZ to the US, UK, Europe, Asia and Cuba.
A devastating live performer, the MdCL experience is marked by impromptu studio production created on stage from scratch, using drum machines, keyboards, accapella tracks and effects. The end result: live remixes birthed on stage for each and every gig. With bold chops like this, to call him “prolific” is an understatement, having contributed to over 250 releases and being a first-call collaborator for a wide range of artists, including Jill Scott, Jody Watley, Leon Ware (Marvin Gaye/Michael Jackson/Maxwell), Dame Shirley Bassey, Sandra St. Victor (The Family Stand/Chaka Khan), amongst a slew of others.
Currently based in LA after a decade entrenched in London, MdCL is ready to unveil his audacious new album, Renegades, with guest appearances that include Sheila E (Prince), Omar, Pino Palladino (D’Angelo/The Who), and Nia Andrews. It's the latest step in the evolution of MdCL, who has cemented his reputation as the go-to man for anyone wanting his unique take on club music, progressive soul and urban alternative. The new LP features club classics flavored from soul and funk, to tech-Afrobeat and Latin twists, all orchestrated by MdCL: a revolutionary Quincy Jones for a new generation, armed with the ability to meld the science of beat-making with the fluidity of composed music.
MdCL’s potential is beyond convention. He’s one who can take it all on the road like no one else, with a solid fan base that bridges cities as far reaching as LA, NYC, Atlanta, London, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Tokyo and Sydney.
“…the man behind a million great tunes” – Gilles Peterson/Radio 1 Worldwide (UK)
“A Herbie Hancock for the new millennium” - Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada)
“Call it what you want, I’m sticking with the words awesome and genius” – Wax Magazine (UK)
“…the illest dude I have seen live” – Karizma (US)