Short biography Mark Alban Lotz
Piccolo, C Flute, Alto Flute, Bass Flute, PVC Contra Bass Flute, Indian Bamboo Flutes, Flötophon, Prepared Flute, Electronics
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.
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.
His music is chosen as Best Of, Editor Pick, Special Feature, Tipsheet, etc in many international publications. Was featured on compilation CD’s, and rated no’s. 1 – 10 at play charts of radio stations all over the globe. As leader recorded 16 CD’s a.o. in Cuba, Senegal, Turkey released by Dutch, Turkish, German, French and US Record Companies. Holland and Turkey. Performs on more than 50 CD’s.
Exponent of a new generation of an truly European Jazz Musician, broadly informed and minded. This live takes him all over the globe.
As (c0-)leader realized many collaborations in various disciplines:
- African Music (A Fula’s Call w. Omar Ka, Senegal and Namgyal Lhamo, Tibet)
- Afro-Cuban music (Shango’s Dance w. Javier Campos Martinez, Cuba)
- Art (noisiVision with Sculpturer Elseline de Graaf, The Netherlands)
- Balkan (Moldavia Calls w. Anatol Steffanet and Kamil Erdem Quartet, Turkey)
- Brazilian (Duo with 7 string guitar player Daniel Marques)
- Dance (a.o. mWWm w. John Kayongo, Kenia)
- Free improvised music (a.o. Mark Lotz & Islak Köpek, Turkey)
- House Music (Afro Lounge w. Eric v.Putten & Ariel Bridon NL/Cuba)
- Music for Theater (Pendant la Nuit w. Eric de Vroedt, Theater, Netherland)
- Modern Jazz (a.o. Lotz Of Music w. Don Byron/Claudio Puntin)
- New Contemporary Music (a.o. Solo Flutes with concerts from NYC, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, Hong Kong, Taipei)
- Video Art (TiffnoiZe w.Vj Soundshadow, A Dutch View On Fish, Netherlands)
- World Fusion (a.o. Kuyateh/Bhattacharrya/Lotz)
Part of the ‘Music: World Series‘ concert/festival organisation, initiator of the weekly concert series ‘u-ex(perimental)‘ with free improvised music (2007-2011) and the government board of Improvising musicians (BIM). Teaches flute and ensembles (jazz/latin/contemporary) at the Conservatories of Utrecht, Rotterdam, Zwolle. Masterclasses at Yildiz University & Zuhal Muzik (Turkey), various Flute Associations, Hochschule Bremen (Germany), MIA Festival, Portugal, International Festival for Improvised Music, Taiwan.
Toured the USA, Canada, Cuba, Suriname, French Guiana, Turkey, Russia, Moldavia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Slovakia, Austria, France, Belgium, Scottland, Senegal, Egypt, China, Taiwan.
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, Mola Sylla, Martha Gallarraga, Denise Jannah, Mathew Ostrowski, Korhan Erel, 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, 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, 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’.
Mark’s music build a bridge between jazz and classical contemporary music – often crossing boundaries with other musics of the world.