CD 'Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5'th',CD-Istanbul-Improv-Sessions-May-5'th-cover

by Mark Alban Lotz

May 2010 Mark Alban Lotz had the opportunity to record and perform with some of the great exponents of the free improvising scene in Istanbul. Out of this came two albums: CD 'istanbul improv sessions may 4'th' features recordings with the improvising ensemble ıslak köpek (the wet dogs). Here a free improv in duo, trio, quartet and collectives with an collective around guitarist Umut Çağlar. Recorded May 5'th 2010, Istanbul Turkey. Mixed & mastered by Micha de KanterReleased April 2011, LopLop Records Llr 035 & the Turkish label re:konstruKt 046.


North Star (Çağlar/Uygan/Lotz) North Star (exerpt) 

Animal Rites (Çağlar/Uygan/Toisoul/Lotz) Animal Rites (exerpt)

Ursuppe (Çağlar/Uygan/Lotz) Ursuppe (exerpt)

CD reviews

Order this CD

Musicians Can Ömer Uygan (trumpet, analog effects), Alexandre Toisoul (clarinet), Florent Merlet (drums), Michael Hays (upright bass), Umut Çağlar (electric guitar, analog effects), Mark Alban Lotz (piccolo, c-, alto-, bass-, prepared flute)

Tracks north star, animal rites, r.r.k. rahaasaan, ursuppe, küsendem, dr. no, open air party, friction, sintactics, soraster


Rated max of five stars at Jassepoes (Belgium)

“Sound is captured and manifested into startling shapes and becomes not only a harbinger of the essence of this record but also the messenger of the power of invention.” (All About Jazz, Jerry D’Souza, USA)

“Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th is an imaginative and masterful demonstration of truly adventurous musical minds.” (All About Jazz, E.Haruveni, Israel)

“Lotz behaves like a fish in the water … producing the most wonderous sounds. No musical mash or disorientated freaky playing here but subtleness and good balance between electronic and acoustic sound manipulation. Prooves that anno 2010 improvisation is an international spoken language.” (Jazzflits, The Netherlands)

more press (USA, Canada, France, Slovakia)