Reviews that mention Mark Alban Lotz

October 11, 2014

Mark Alban Lotz

Solo Flutes
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By Ken Waxman

Add to the very short list of flute virtuosi like James Newton, Robert Dick and the late Paul Horn who can single-handed animate a recital, the name of German-born, Netherlands-based Mark Alban Lotz. Lotz who plays jazz, notated and so-called world music, sets up the17 tracks on this CD to showcase his prowess on bass, alto and even PVC tube-flute, without overdubs or loops, but using a touch of reverb and delay.

The flautist’s lip, mouth and breath command is such that the absorbing sounds recall Horn’s Inside the Great Pyramid ethereal whispers, Rahsaan Roland Kirk’s juicy blowing, west coast jazz swing and chamber intermezzos, as well instrument-sourced nonsense vocalizing midway between the Fugs and South Park’s Terrance and Phillip. Impishly, the brief “Do Not Swallow” sounds as if Lotz’s instrument is lodged above his larynx so that fowl-like squawks issue from it. Joking aside, tracks such as “PVC Mantra” illuminate Lotz’s prodigious technique with calming flute lines, a vocal hum and a tuba-like growl exposed simultaneously as part of a processional theme. MORE

January 25, 2012

Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th
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Mark Alban Lotz

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th

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More below the Jazz radar than its equivalent in any city of similar size, Istanbul’s Free Music scene is still evolving. Nevertheless, as these demonstrated by these CDs, recorded on subsequent days by a Dutch-based German flautist plus local Turkish improvisers, many of the city’s players are ready for prime time.

A bandleader and composer who plays most members of the flute family and has worked with musicians as different as the Zapp String Quartet, vocalist Fay Victor and trombonist Wolter Wierbos, German Mark Alban Lotz is cast in a distinct role on either CD. Although each intermingles the flautist’s playing with subsets of local musicians, those on May 5 are a motley group who often work in different combinations. The date from the day previously however, has Lotz alongside members of Islak Köpek (IK), who have regularly played together since 2005, including a festival appearance with French percussionist Lê Quan Ninh. MORE

January 25, 2012

Mark Alban Lotz

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th
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Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th

Evil Rabbit Records ERR 16

More below the Jazz radar than its equivalent in any city of similar size, Istanbul’s Free Music scene is still evolving. Nevertheless, as these demonstrated by these CDs, recorded on subsequent days by a Dutch-based German flautist plus local Turkish improvisers, many of the city’s players are ready for prime time.

A bandleader and composer who plays most members of the flute family and has worked with musicians as different as the Zapp String Quartet, vocalist Fay Victor and trombonist Wolter Wierbos, German Mark Alban Lotz is cast in a distinct role on either CD. Although each intermingles the flautist’s playing with subsets of local musicians, those on May 5 are a motley group who often work in different combinations. The date from the day previously however, has Lotz alongside members of Islak Köpek (IK), who have regularly played together since 2005, including a festival appearance with French percussionist Lê Quan Ninh. MORE