Short biography Mark Alban Lotz

Instruments

Piccolo, C Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, PVC Contra Bass Flute, Indian Bamboo Flutes, Flötophon, Prepared Flute, Electronics

Biography/Education

Born June 12 1963; Grew up in Thailand, Uganda and Germany. Started playing the flute at seventeen and ended up studying both: Jazz at the Hilversum Conservatory as well as classical/contemporary music at the Amsterdam 'School of Arts'. Private tuition in the US (NYC & LA) and student of Indian Bansuri flute at Codarts, Rotterdam.

Bibliography

Subject of articles, interviews, specials and reviews published by music magazines and newspapers in the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Russia, Ukraine, Netherlands, Germany, Swiss, France, Austria, Surinam, Moldavia, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Egypt, Italy, India.

His music is chosen as Best Of (& Editor Pick, Special Feature, Tipsheet) in many international publications, featured in compilation CD’s, and rated no’s. 1 – 10 at play charts of radio stations all over the globe. As leader recorded 17 CD's  a.o. in Cuba, Senegal, Turkey released by Dutch, Turkish, German, French, Swiss and US Record Companies. Performs on more than 50 CD's.

Artistic activities

As (co-)leader realized many collaborations in various disciplines:

Part of the 'Music: World Series' concert/festival organisation (2000-2013), initiator of the weekly concert series 'u-ex(perimental)' with free improvised music (2007-2011), artistic director of the Festival Jazz On The Sofa (2016-now). Member of the government board of Improvising musicians (BIM), advisor composition for the Fonds Podiumkunsten. Teaches flute and ensembles (jazz/latin/contemporary) at the Conservatory of Utrecht. Guest teacher at conservatories in Rotterdam and Zwolle. Masterclasses at Yildiz University & Zuhal Muzik (Turkey), various Flute Associations, Hochschule Bremen (Germany), MIA Festival (Portugal), Unesco Jazz Week (Nepal), International Festival for Improvised Music (Taiwan). Lecture at Percuba Festival (Cuba) and Conservatory Bremen (Germany).

Toured the USA, Canada, Cuba, Suriname, French Guiana, Turkey, Russia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Austria, France, Belgium, Scottland, Senegal, India, Nepal, Egypt, China, Taiwan.

Worked with

A.o. Chris Potter, Don Byron, Namgyal Llhamo, David Haney, Najma Akthar, Johanes Bauer, Petar Ralchev, Eddy Martinez, Anatol Stefanet, Ernst Reijseger, Shih-Yang Lee, Luc Houtkamp, Wolter Wiebos, Jason Robarts, Thomas Strønen, Mola Sylla, Martha Gallarraga, Denise Jannah, Mathew Ostrowski, Zapp String 4, Lucumi, Joe Santiago, Bob Ostertag, Michiel Borstlap, Jesse van Ruller, Tony Buck, Harry Sparnay, Luigi Archeti, Eric Boeren, Oguz Buyükberber, Theo Lovendie, Frank Gratkowski, Arjan Gorter, Nicky Marrero, Sibel Köse, Daniel Marques, Fay Victor, The Artdirectors, soloists and members of the Conjunto Folklorico National De Cuba, Yoruba Anabo, Raices and Clavé y Guaguanco, Han Bennink, Gebhard Ullman, Claudio Puntin.

Recorded CDs with

Miguel 'Anga' Diaz, David Tronzo, Zuco 103, Michael Moore, soloists of the Conjunto Folklorico De Oriente, Yoruba Anabo and Raices, Mary Oliver, Amelia Pedroso, Giovanca, Leon Ware, Lazara Cachao, Alan Laurillard, Sandip Battacharya, José Pilar Suarez, Konstantin Ruchadze, Michael Vatcher, Alan Gunga Purves, Ad Colen, Tjitze Vogel, Michael Baird, Vitold Rek, Kamil Erdem, Raj Mohan, Estrella Acosta, Omar Ka, Korhan Erel, Umut Caglar, Sandhja Sanjana, Fatih Ahiskali, Zolthan Lakos, Ramesh Shotham, Monica Triga, Izaline Callister and many others. As a leader/co-leader (or composer) he is featured on CDs with the ensembles 'Lotz Of Music', the duo Vogel/Lotz, 'T(w)o-do', 'Mark Lotz & Shango's Dance', 'Global Village Orchestra', 'Mark Lotz & A Fula's Call', the 'Mark Lotz Quartet', 'Moldavia Calls', 'Zapp4', 'Lotz/Kneer' and 'Mark Lotz/Islak Köpek'.

Style

Mark's music build a bridge between jazz and classical contemporary music – often crossing boundaries with other musics of the world.