Mark Lotz & Islak Köpek

collaboration with ‘the’ free improvising ensemble of Istanbul (2010-2012)

Mojo Magazine (UK on the Borusan gig)
“An evening of tentative improv from German flute player Mark Lotz and Istanbul band Islak Köpek.”

Monsieur Delire (Canada)
“Ça grouille, ça bouille, ça vit. (This music is slithering and shaking with life.)” 

Free Jazz Alchemist (Poland)
“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.” 

Islak Köpek is the first free improvising ensemble from Turkey here performing with multi-flutist Mark Alban Lotz.

May 2010 flutist Mark Alban Lotz had the chance to enter the serene universe of Islak Köpek. The mutual sensation of this collaboration resulted in their debut CD ‘Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th’. The vast sound palette of Lotz’s flutes and imagination merging within the disciplined improvisations and keen esthetics of Islak Köpek make for quite an experience. Their CD got huge attention by the media and radio. 

Korhan Erel and Lotz liked their duo recording on this CD a lot and formed the Lotz/Erel Duo. In 2013 both initiated the Dutch/Turkish project ‘IstanPOOL‘. Tour in Holland in 2013.


Performances at the Borusan Concert Hall 2011, Istanbul and Gitar Cafe 2013 Istanbul. Project is within ‘IstanPOOL’(2004)

Line up

Şevket Akıncı (elec. & ac. guitars, fx)

Korhan Erel (laptop, controlers, electronics)

Gülşah Erol (cello)

Giray Gürkal (electric guitars, fx)

Robert Reigle (tenor saxophone)

Volkan Terzioğlu (tenor saxophone)

Mark Alban Lotz (flutes)

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