Press CD Food Foragers

by Mark Lotz / Alan PurvesCD-Food-Foragers


  • “Let’s see—Campfire music? Check. Star gazing music? Check. Dance music? Check. Dream music? Check. Road music? Check. That’s Food Foragers.“ (Don Phipps, All About Jazz USA)
  • “… 55 minutes takes us to an alternative reality, created by music we have never known before.“ (Longplay, Poland)
  • “Full of imagination and full-hearted emotions.” (His Voice, Czech Republic)
  • „Unconventional music in a never ending quest for extravagant sounds on the instruments." (Vera Vingerhoeds, NL)
  • "Musicians who have disregard on conventions are thinly sown. The Netherlands has at least two." (Jazznu, Netherlands)

  • "Food Foragers is a penetrating document, which is certainly improvised à la Purves and Lotz, but also honors melody and harmony. Coupled with the repository of cultures that are affected, it yields an interesting piece of music. On which both musicians still let go of their runaway imagination, but certainly their craftsmanship is wrenched from all pores. The title piece Food Foragers appears to be a blues with a pig, Belly Buttons a second traditional melody from Mali and Lullaby For Time a threatening, underground sounding expression. All this from the box of two unfortunately – sometimes – unsung geniuses." (Jazznu, Netherlands)

  • "Great recording, absolutely very 'Sirene-like', hauting music!. Hypnotic as Sirens. And playful. And original" (L. Bohlmeijer, Passagio, KRO-NCRV Radio, The Netherlands)
  • „No CD sounds like the one before with Lotz! With every release he surprises us again with new ‚never heared before‘ sounds. A very special CD!“ (Fluit, The Netherlands)
  • "… to mention just the first four tracks, there’s never a dull moment. {cut} After a truly wondrous journey a final highlight is the concluding I’m So Sorry Blues, a standard 12-bar riff pairing the contrabass with tin whistles. Intriguing!" (The Whole Note, Canada)
  • "Incredibly varied and pointed music. I am touched by the intensity and seriousness. {cut} the result is overwhelming." (Fons-Immortalis, Germany)

  • "Not only are the instruments colorful, so is the music. Quiet and harmonious performances meet now and then discreet electronic inserts. Meditative sound spheres alternate with rhythmic and percussive songs, and with the song "I Am Sorry Blues" there is a real catchy tune. Moreover, it is straightway magical, with which soulful elegance Mark Lotz elicits gentle, fantastically beautiful melodies from the flutes." (Fons-Immortalis, Germany)

  • "Jugglers of sounds. What is most surprising is a sobriety that seems to contrast with the number of gadgets used and, consequently, with an overall wealth in sounds that is unequaled. I begin to believe that the names of Lotz and Purves are a guarantee." (Sands-Zine, Italy)
  • "Purves lavishes on an incredible range of percussions and toys, while Lotz plays different types of antique and modern flutes, along with an innovative sound. The duo embraces throughout the album a philosophy of experimentation with obscure reminiscences (and Dadaists) inventing a kind of new ethno-free or postmodern world music." (Il Manifesto, Italy)
  • "It is a extraneous and peculiar world that the German flutist Mark Lotz and the Scottish percussionist Alan Purves design here. {cut} Crisp noise experiments meet mysterious melodies that Lotz may have collected on his various world journeys. {cut} Together with Purves Lotz conjures esoteric miniatures between folkloric beauty and {cut} avant-garde." (Jazzthing, Germany)

  • "Emotion Machine. Hypnotic percussions, enchanting melodies and sounds of uncertain provenance co-exist in this construction of an emotional kaleidoscope that is capable of transporting us to distant geographies as well as to the secret world within us."  (Diário do Alentejo, Portugal)

  • "Sparkles with ideas. With his unrestrained imagination, rich arsenal of techniques and instruments, Lotz found in Alan Purves (along with his set of toys, his impeccable playing technique and his vigilance) as a perfect match for playing endless musical fun.“" Jazzarium, Poland)
  • "You get a sense of these guys are kids playing with toys in a closet as they pull out something to form a chase scene on the galloping …“ (Jazzweekly, UK) 

  • "The music of flautist Mark Lotz and percussionist Alan Purves is completely credible as a 'living tradition'. Ffifteen pieces bursting with playfulness and humor, reflecting intense, experienced musicality and negligent craftsmanship" (MixedWorldMusic, NL)