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2016 saw tours in China, India, Spain, Portugal, Scottland, Poland, Holland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, France performing with more than 120 artists. Privileged to live that exciting life and meet many free spirits in music. Dear friends: Thanks for the ride!
India Tour was fantastic. I was privileged to perform with fantastic artists who gave me great lessons: Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Mayank Bedekar, Ustad Chhote Rahimat Khan, Heiko Dijker, Igor Bezget, David White, Harshit Misra, David Tappeser, Pranai Gurung, Ranjit Arapurakal. Also completed my set of Indian Bamboo flute with flutes by Harsh Wardhan and Kantilal Patel. I came back as a rich man.
Flattering review on our concert with Claudio Puntin: "Like no other, this quintet manages to create unusual sounds from their acoustic instruments. Often such that the original sound is no longer recognizable. Add to that sounds from a completely different source – especially Alan Purves and Albert van Veenendaal know the ropes with tape, inflatable animals, toy whistles and what not else – and you have a picture of Lotz Of Music. … Limits simply do not exist here, the music is influenced by diverse musical worlds as jazz, blues, non-Western music, avant-garde, musique concrète and folk. On paper, this looks like an inverted trash. That it does not is the strength of this group, because despite all these musical styles, the pieces sound every time as a wonderful unit, thanks to the compelling and infectious rhythms." (Draai Om Je Oren)
First half of 2016 saw very rewarding shows in China, Spain, Portugal, France, Scottland and Germany at many fantastic Festivals and venues either Solo Flutes or in other settings as well as composed for film and hold masterclasses. The second half of 2016 wilI bring me to Austria, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Mexico and twice India with some new exciting projects in Jazz, New Music and World music. I am privileged to travel the globe and meet free spirits in music. Love this life n' never played better.
Some nice summer concerts ahead: With Lotz Of Music in an extended form with clarinetist Claudio Puntin in Belgium and Holland, with Raj Mohan's sophisticated HinduPop Band, Solo gigs in France and again off to Scottland for rehearsal and performances with the David Patrick Tentet, sitting in with Laurent Rochelle, etc etc.
Lisboa and Madrid were blast. Performed almost everyday with many many fantastic musicians, legends and lesser know artists in great venues. The cities itself as well as the people, musea, food, booze: enjoyed to full extend! Now facing many exams and preparing my trip to Schottland performing with David Patricks Jazz Tentett Claude Debussy's 'Jeux'!
I'll Tour Portugal and Spain this and next week performing solo recitals, holding a masterclass and collaborate with many fantastic new artists in music. Excited also about traveling and explore Lisboa and Madrid!
Shocked and very sad about the sudden death of master Fula guitarist Abu Dijgo. He joined 'A Fula's Call' during our two China Tours. R.I.P Grand Freré.
Quite a week: two nice solo concerts in fantastic venues (churches), hoping in in free improv with Steven Kampermann, Sebastian Demydczuk and Michel Massot, new concerts popping up for my little Portugal/Spain Tour and I will make part of a great new project in Scottland of David Patrick : performing Claude Debussy's 'Jeux' with a Jazz Tentett with many improvised parts just after some gigs in the South Of France. Love that live.
Heading to Berlin next week for performances with some great exponents (Korhan Erel, Meinrad Kneer, etc) of that vibrant improv scene up there. Tour in China with our A Fula's Call takes shape. There were some great pictures and sound recordings made of the performance with the Lotz/Purves Duo lately. Love it. Featured at our site.
Can look back to great Concerts with A Fula's Call joining forces with Ernst Reijseger, in Toulouse with Laurent, my Solo performance at Eye created new concerts (I seem to do well, after leaving five crying ladies in Hong Kong with my music), a marvelous gig with Alan Purves at Full Moon Babylon, etc. Confirmed : Lotz Of Music extended with Claudio Puntin in Belgium, heading to Portugal and Spain in May. A new look at my interview with Ferdinand Dupuis-Panter.
Back from gorgeous China/Taiwan and back to work at conservatory, music school, guest at a talkshow, rehearsals, concerts with Solo Flutes, Raj Mohan, Genetic Choir, HKU Jazz Flute Quartet, etc. Also I can announce a great new Solo Flutes concert: I'll make the soundtrack for the silent movie 'South' from 1917 (?) at Eye Museum, Amsterdam, January 10th, 2016.
Off for Hong Kong, China and Taiwan. I will be traveling 10.000's of kilometers and c many many places in many different provinces and meet many many great artists. Fantastic and rewarding. What a priviledged live. Fortunately often behind the great Firewall and probably offline a lot 🙂
Great concert review on of the Lack Museum performance and an fantastic interview by Jazzhallo. Wednesday september 9th c's an one hour special on my music at Radio Centraal. More gigs confirmed in China/Taiwan. Looking forward a lot. But first performing gigs Solo, Music Wild Series with Sandip and Lamin, Lotz Of Music at Ijzerstaven, etc.
Review on Lotz Of Music's concert published by Draai Om Je Oren: "… what is happening in the deep sea. After the descent shows an exciting world full of strange sounds, tones and effects. Translated exquisite by Lotz and his companions into a visual, colorful, playful and very persuasive sound. If the term world music did not exist, he would have to be invented for this purpose."
Solo Flutes tour in China and Taiwan from october 20th till november 8th. Also will collaborate with artists like Dickson Dee and Shih Yang Lee. Gigs ahead in France and Holland with: with Heddy Boubakker, Hervé Perez, Guy Bassac, Alan Purves , Jalli Lamin Kuyateh, Solo Flutes.
'Mark Lotz & A Fula's Call' will be touring China in october. Looking a lot forward to this. Master Fula guitarist Abu Djigo will be joining us Abu Djigo instead of Bao Sissoko and Jeroen van Vliet. Gigs ahead with: Gerardo Rosales, Solos n' Duo's with Alan Purves , Lotz Of Music, Solo Flutes. A nice new review on Solo Flutes is published by the "Neue Zeitschrift für Musik".
Added a video and links to the broadcast to the Solo Flute page. Sounds Ok. Have a look!
Finally back home and will starting working on the CD for 'A Fula's Call'. Also preparing 'Solo Flute' performance for TV recordings of Vrije Geluiden, Tabula Rasa performance, a Delicate Dis show in Duo with bass player Tjitze Vogel by artist Marije Nielen, working as advisor for the Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten and teaching again! Flute departement Conservatory Utrecht goes strong with our new HKU Jazz Flute Quartet and March will c a workshop with Magic Malik which will be very interesting. A new fantastic review on Solo Flutes this time by the French Le Son Du Grisli!
January will c a great 3 week tour to Turkey with gigs with Solo Flutes, Bora Celiker/Mark Lotz Duo and Sarp Maden's band. Some nice events with the Pure Improv Ensemble which I coach at the Utrecht Conservatory. Among others a performance together with Yedo Gibson's 'Royal Improvisers Orchestra' (RIO). February heading to Berlin for a great three days gigs at Sowieso.
Nice gigs gigs ahead with Solo Flutes at Mijke & Co, Radio 6, Broadcast, in Utrecht Solo n' Duo with the Lotz/Purves Duo, Leiden & Amsterdam with the m-m-m trio. In Zeist one of my rare classical recitals. My little Tour in Poland in december I had to cancel unfortunately.
The Solo Flutes performances at Grounds, Rotterdam and DMG, NYC went great. New shows ahead live for Dutch Radio and in Germany. During my stay in the US three new reviews were published on the Solo Flutes CD release. At 'Nieuwe Noten', 'Draai Om Je Oren' and the French magazine 'Revue & Corigée'.
This week four great new reviews were published by New York City Jazz Records Magazine (USA), Citizen Jazz (France) and Uni/Jazz (Czechia) on my 'Solo Flutes' and 'Istanbul Improv Sessions May4th' albi.
september 15st, 2014
august 28th, 2014
Jazzweekly on Solo Flutes: "You gotta have either a) chops b) chutzpah or c) perfect timing for a horn player to successfully do a solo album. Flautist Mark Alban Lotz throws down the flute gauntlet, and pulls off an impressive salvo."
august 18th, 2014
Solo Flutes CD has considerable airplay in the US but also abroad. (Sandwiched between Joe Henderson, Jimmy Cobb, Marc Ribot or John Carter feels great.) Here a nice broadcast by Ondo Sonora (Spain). Solo Flutes Cd in one great flow of sonic resonance here with by Nils Potet, Renaud Delmaire and Guardian Angel. Why not have a listen?
august 6th, 2014
Gig in NYC october 19th at Down Town Gallery in Solo and Duo with Cheryl Pyle. Looking forward.
All About Jazz (USA) on Solo Flutes : "The inventive approach of Lotz with his wide array of extended techniques—…—turn these concise pieces into highly vivid, cinematic pieces. … An arresting tour in the hidden worlds of flutes."
july 5th, 2014
june 29th, 2014
Reviews on Solo Flutes keep coming:
- Listed by David R. Adler ([email protected] Columnist) in the "New Recommended Releases" in the juni edition of NYC Jazz Record Magazine.
- "Lotz does not forget for one second to make music. A very nice listening album." (Leeuwaarder Courant) • "Intriguing music with a great sense of humor. Another fine piece of work of this master improviser, tribute!" (Rootstime, Belgium).
june 16th, 2014
CKUT on CD Solo Flutes: "…it is among the best I have heard this year in terms of musicality and creativity, thanks again!"
German Jazzpodium on CD Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th: " …. – a document of perfect craftsmanship."
june 6th, 2014
Peter Sheridan (Australia) on Solo Flutes: "This artist, fine flutist and overall creative genius is redefining the sonic palette of all flutes. His understanding and feeling for the use of extended techniques is extraordinary. A must recording for the lovers of new sounds and cool grooves. I cannot wait for the next album…….. (More soon:)"
may 30, 2014
Czech His Voice Magazine: „ …one of the most agile experimental jazz instrumentalists. His flute performance is an inexhaustible tool of free expression, breaking down musical boundaries. …The expressive range on this album is astonishing. … presents the purest (and most honest) form of free improvisation. It is inviting you to an adventurous trip into the realm of sounds, tones and colors.”
Dutch Jazzenzo webblog on CD Solo Flutes: " … literally: a mantra on a piece of PVC pipe. So beautiful, you can make music. … a repository of influences , waywardly picked together by this great 'going his own way' instrumentalist, penetrating performed."
may 28, 2014
Loads of fantastic reviews, one hour specials on the CD Solo Flutes at Dutch and French radio. Airplay in the US, Canada, Luxemburg, Germany, Colombia, Peru, Holland, Spain, Swiss, France.
- “Lotz is a fantastic flutist, evincing great command, facility and imagination. … intriguingly impressive.” (Just Outside, France)
- (Flute Focus) "Pure Genius.”
- (WRUV) "Imaginative performance."
- (The Flash Boston) "So many solo records can be austere, or just plain pretty. Lotz fleshes out his work, with harmonics, and sometimes voice, for a one man trio. It’s sweet, deep, and humorous."
may 13, 2014
may 11, 2014
Holly Moors Magazine review on CD Solo Flutes: „ … flawless musical feeling, resulting in evermore thrilling improvisations and compositions. One hour solo flute, looks on paper quite dull, in practice it is extremely exciting and varied. And do not forget one thing : this is not heavy avant-garde, in the first place this is primarily just tremendous music!”
may 5, 2014
The CD 'Solo Flutes' LopLop Records is released. It contains 17 tracks of Solo Flutes with compositions and improvisations in contemporary music. Features the whole family of flutes: from piccolo to pvc contra bass flute and prepared flute. The compositions and improvisations are played in one go, live. No use of overdubs, loops, sound processing, etc. It was fun to record. Enjoy.
march 24, 2014
The music of my debut CD 'mostly harmless …" in the duo T(w)o-Do with bass player and long time musical partner Tjitze Vogel is used as the music for the short film Elsewhere by Australian director Madeleine Blackwell. Nice to see how even an older release comes to live again!
Jacques Los wrote a great review on my little mini Festival 'A Night Of Lotz Of Music' at the Draai Om Je Oren weblog. Some Quotes: "Lotz impressed Solo."; With Anton Goudsmit and Alan Purves: "I advice the the serious jazzclubs in Holland to book this Trio right away."
march 19, 2014
Recordings for my first solo flute CD will finally going to be mixed this week. I am very excited about this! The demo for our new Snijders/Os/Lotz Trio are finished and sound nice! Beautiful spheric music. Check it out! April c's 2 gigs in Rasa, Utrecht with Neco Novellas, Stefan Schmid, Osama Meleedi as part of the 'Music: Wild Series', and a flute duet with Bretonian virtuoso Jean-Luc Thomas at the Baraná Festival!
march 7, 2014
12 March c's a special in Zaal 100 with : Lotz Solo, Duo Tuinstra/Sued and Duo Lotz/Purves with Anton Goudsmit as guest. Why not drop by? Also still busy with recordings for my first solo flute CD . The recordings went bad as I recorded them badly. Damn … . Have to overdo them and little time. Still the effect is now I have more experience! We recorded a nice demo with our trio Snijders/Os/Lotz. Looking forward to the mix!
februari 2, 2014
Busy with A Fula's Call's second CD. Afra Mussawisade and Omar Ka did a great job last week recording three days of vocals. Will be a great album! Also busy with recordings for my first solo flute CD which will be finished soon! This week sees two concerts with a new formed trio Snijders/Os/Lotz. A nice update and now with a lot of own compositions as well.
december 20, 2013
Heading to Berlin to work a week on my solo programme in total isolation an' solitude. An exciting city must inspire!
november 29, 2013
- Part of some improvised performances with a.o. Bram Stadshouders, Robert van Heumen broadcasted live at the Nieuwe Muziek – Crosslinks programme of the Conzertzender Radio (The Netherlands) december 1rst. An interview on our IstanPOOL project will be broadcasted around 18.30 o'clock. Why not tune in?
- My first solo performance will be held december 8th at the Kofferbak edition at North Sea Jazz Club, Amsterdam. Looking forward to this a lot.
november 2, 2013
Performances ahead with
- The Hague Ethospheric Orchestra
- Marieke Snijders and
- with vocalist Mark van Tongeren and guitar player Bram Stadshouders at the Oorsprong Curator Series . Why not drop by?
october 5, 2013
- Our Tour with IstanPOOL was f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c! Improvisations, compositions and players were great. I am proud. Thanks to Michael Moore, Anne La Berge, Robert van Heumen, Korhan Erel, Sevket Akinci and Giray Gürkal.
- Gigs with The Ethospheric Orchestra turn out quite nice. Check the concerts.
- Heading to French Guinia perform the Cayenne Jazz Festival with Raj Mohan's Daayra. Then deserved vacation in Eivissa (Ibiza).
july 20, 2013
- Did some nice overdubs for our new Cd with A Fula's Call in Rotterdam lately.
- In the vacation will start my solo project (10 compositions) I am commissioned for by the Fonds for Podiumkunsten. Think about what, how, when, … compose and practice!
july 2, 2013
A video is published on YouTube of the track of the CD of Ngaari-Laaw “Laureats Du Concours Sous-Regional de “Chansons Sur l’Eau Et l’Environnement”. Hopefully the Groupe Du Fleuve project will see its premier in Senegal this year.
may 30, 2013
Working a lot on this site right during these days. Feel free to give me some feedback. If you find a mistake please let me know. I am not a native English speaker.
may 13, 2013
- Tour to Turkey was fantastic. Lots of concerts with many different musicians and settings. Ranging from Mainstream to Free Jazz. Two videos are placed on Youtube with the Sibel Köse/Mark Lotz Quintet.
- Now have to start to do some serious work on our CD with A Fula's Call.
- Concerts ahead with Omar Ka and Marieke Snijders.
april 10, 2013
- Tour in French Guiana in October is confirmed. Nice.
- But first have to prepare my trip to Istanbul in April. Concerts with Korhan Erel, Islak Köpek, Paul Chagas, Sibel Köse, Duygur Demir, etc.
- Recording for Raj Mohan a.o. with the Zapp String Quartet. They play well.
march 19, 19.04
Wednesday and thursday 20 & 21 march there is a Flute Festival at the HKU Utrecht. Concerts, masterclasses and workshops by: Jean Michel Tanguy, Wilbert Hazelet, Heiko Ter Schegget, Aldo Baerten and myself. Why not drop by?
march 12, 10:12
I uploaded some video shoots of our CD recording In Havana, Cuba. Nice to witness this after the years. Have a look at Youtube.
februari 20, 16:18
Tonight at 23 o'clock the first broadcast by the VPRO of the U-Jazz Festival 2012 edition: the Concerts of 'Mark Lotz Meets Don Byron , the Marc Scholten Quartet and airplay of the new CD of Ad Colen. Why not tune in?
january 09, 11:31
A review on our Lotz Of Music performance with Don Byron at the U-Jazz Festival at Draaiomjeoren.
january 08, 13:06
- Back from three weeks Senegal, Dakar. Lived a wild life there. Loved it. Recorded a lot of music there for the new CD of Mark Lotz & Omar Ka, A Fula's Call.
- Volkskrant on the performance with Lotz Of Music featuring Don Byron: 'the most impressive concert of the whole U-Jazz Festival and breathtaking beautyfull'.
- A Downbeat review on the: u-experimental CD which I released together with bassplayer Meinrad Kneer on Evil Rabbit Records