CD-Istanbul-Improv-May-4'th-coverCD Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th

by Mark Lotz & Islak Köpek

  • “Ça grouille, ça bouille, ça vit.” (This music is slithering and shaking with life.) (Monsieur Delire, François Couture, Canada, 2011)
  • “An astonishing, exceptional level of spontaneous interaction. The capacity of Lotz coming directly to the essence in all the different settings really takes you by suprise. This is free music in its most universal variation.” (Vrij Nederland, The Netherlands)
  • “Excellent document of the different approaches to composition and improvisation – basically electroacoustic improvisation with a ‘chamber’ approach.” (London Resonance, UK)

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  • “Fascinating harmonics explorations, confrontations between elektronica and acoustic instruments and surprising work by the laptop.” (Jazzflits, The Netherlands)
  • “It’s fascinating to hear the palette of sounds expanding, the music going in more directions and the will to push in order to connect more disparate elements. For all I feel it’s profoundly humane, for all I know it doesn’t hold any barriers of culture, race, language, religion, time and space. A democratic and universal form of personal expression and communication.” (Free Jazz Alchemist, Poland)
  • “Fresh music, beyond every barrier, including electronic, electric and acoustic, between composed and improvised, classic and avant-garde. … everything seems to regain a new vitality and a current.” (Mescalina, Italy, Cd was rated Best of 2011)
  • “Lotz and Islak Köpek match up well to forge skillful manipulations of sound. The sextet keeps the vitality pumping as it builds dense textures through a sustained thrust of momentum.” (All About Jazz, USA)
  • “Connection of different inputs from newest live-electronics up to John Cage and Free Jazz.” (rated 4 stars) (Jazz, Swiss)
  • “… many of the city’s players are ready for prime time. … capture an organized unit comfortable with novel sonic impulses. Islak Köpek in toto is evidentially ready for more western exposure.” (Jazzword, USA)
  • “The interaction is extremely solid, spirited and filled with surprises twists and turns.” (Downtown Gallery, NYC, USA)

slideshow CD Istanbul Improv Session May 4th (click foto to open and start slideshow)

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  • “Fascinating sound art and music concrete poetry.” (Politiken, Denmarken)
  • “There are 11 varied duos and trios throughout the cd, but there is a common characteristic to all tracks: everything that happens, happens around lotz. and extremely well … .” (Rui Eduardo Paes,
  • “But the most beautiful snapshots are between the assets of the flutist and Korhan Erel: between aboriginal winds and an electronic gargles some strong ideas are accomplished here.” (Le Son Du Grisly, Canada)
  • “A disciplined outing, the group eschews skronky bombast for tesselated textures and sustained group ‘chords’ in a variety of settings, all featuring Lotz on various flutes, some prepared and/or processed.” (NYC Jazz Record, oct. 2012)
  • “Music of textures and often detached metric references which facilitates instrumental contrast and diversity. …stimulating and challenging.” (Cuadernos de Jazz, Spain)

slideshow CD Istanbul Improv Session May 4th (click foto to open and start slideshow)

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  • “This is new improvised music from a very high level and an absolute must. So many facets of color, shape and rhythm, you can never grasp this music in a few spins, every time you listen you can hear everything in a different way. Mark Alban Lotz we will hear more, this is all original and very moreish ….” (Jassepoes, Belgium)
  • “As such, the meeting of Mark Alban Lotz with Islak Köpek seemed inevitable. Designed as a series of duos, trios, the disc explores atmospheres both exhilarating and alkaline, despite the on the first sight raw look. A CD without concessions which opens a window to musicians to follow with great interest.” (Citizen Jazz, Franpi Barriaux, 9/2014)
  • The instruments are used by adopting unorthodox techniques, with continuous changes that favor the formation of a wide variety of timbres and sonorities interpretations often kept deliberately cohesive.” (Neural, Italy)
  • “… Lotz with the ensemble Islak Köpek for a bubbling free music.” (Revue & Corrigée, France 6/2014)
  • To most striking interactions specifically count Lotz flute within the electron bombardment of Erel, above all, the animalistic tracks ‚Throat’ and Mouthharp’.” (Bad Alchemy, Germany 12/2014)