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Mark Alban Lotz

Born: June 12, 1963    Primary Instrument: Flute

Mark Alban Lotz

Flutist, Improvisor, Composer

Mark Lotz is more than just a big voice in the European jazz scene. He is at the forefront of jazz, classical and World Music and is obviously enjoying every minute of it! (Tomas Pena, Jazz.com & Latin Jazz Network)

Exponent of an European musician of a new generation. His appetite for musical adventures takes him all over the globe. Here ears are wide open. Creates a surprising vision on flute which is inventive and strong. Broadly informed, original, with a refined technique, matched with a fluid virtuoso form of performance. Though interacting in a vast variety of settings he never ceases to be profoundly affirmative of his language. Worked with a huge cast of artists over the last two decades, a reference as to what new grounds jazz music is heading now. As soloist featured on more than 30 CD releases. With ‘Lotz Of Music’ he builds an bridge between jazz with contemporary music. Other ensembles often cross borders with other music cultures of the world. ...
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  • Unprecedented phenomenon in the Dutch impro-scene. (Draaiomjeoren.com, NL)
  • Ambitious composer of unique contexts. (Cadence Magazine, USA)
  • Errant jazz man (Global Rhythm, USA)
  • Lotz opens a view into the jazz of the future. (Nieuwsblad v/h Noorden, NL)
  • Mark Alban Lotz - a German-Dutch genius and flute master. (Jazz, T.Basanta, USA)
  • Prolific virtuoso. (FLY Magazine, UK)
  • Lord Of The Flutes. (Sapsite Utrecht NL)
  • A big voice in the European Jazz scene. (La Traversiere, France)
  • Legend on different flutes (Africa News, USA)
  • Combining smart and funky contempo jazz with Afro-Cuban ritual music is always a good idea but it doesn't always work. No one is better at it then Mark Lotz! (Jazz Buffalo, USA)
  • World Class Flutist! (Surinam Times, Surinam)
  • Masculine, exciting, superb. (Pan Magazine, UK)
  • Strong voice on flute and a great sense of presentation. Intriguing program of progressive chamber jazz. (Cadence, USA)
  • article at latinjazz.net
  • article at jazz.com
As a Leader

Mark Lotz/Meinrad Kneer, CD U-ex(perimental)
Evil Rabbit Records
2012
Tracks: ballet d’action, serene, operation hercules, hold, rondo, conclusion, block 3, in the mouth, moment, punch, inside, blitzfish, the weight of air, on the other side, beach life, the mammal thing, the fog, open your eyes, pow pow, movement and variation, aria, conversation, recitativo, drugstore manager, for albert hofmann, the golden fish
Personnel: mark alban lotz (flutes), meinrad kneer (double bass), maraatsj ten hoorn (violin), mary oliver (viola), felicity provan (trumpet, voice), dana jessen (bassoon), jodi gilbert (voice), han buhrs (voice), yedo gibson (saxophones), joost buis (lapsteel guitar), guillaume heurtebize (electric guitar), alfredo genovesi (electric guitar), koenraad ecker (laptop)


As a Leader

Mark Lotz/Islak Köpek, CD Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th
Evil Rabbit Records
2011
Tracks: we, mouths, mouthtrap, stop, throat, us, scared, talking, down, short, sacred, mouthstrap, diamond, our, mouthwater
Personnel: mark alban lotz (flutes), sevket akinci (guitar), korhan erel (laptop, controlelrs), robert reigle (tenor sax), kevin w. davis (cello), volkan terzioglu (tenor sax)



As a Leader

Mark Alban Lotz, CD Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th
re:konstrukt & LopLop Records
2011
Tracks: north star, animal rites, r.r.k. rahaasaan, ursuppe, küsendem, dr. no, open air party, friction, sintactics, soraster
Personnel: 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)


As a Leader

Lotz Of Music, CD Bite!
LopLop Records
2009
Tracks: cornywater music, habidi brown fish , chasing the clownfish, fish jive, get along with mating squid, going down, fields of garden eels, bite!, tell me everything, oops swallowed, electric eel lullaby, waiting for prey, of royal herring, in love?, the bathyscaaf, seahorse duet, jellyfish lullaby, coral lives!, this fish
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz: c-, alt-, bass-, pvc contra bass flutes, bansuri. Albert Van Veenendaal - piano, prepared piano, samples. Lysander Le Coultre - cello. Alan Gunga Purves - brim bram, percussion.


As a Leader

A Fula's Call, Mark Lotz Meets Omar Ka, CD Liingu
LopLop Records
2007
Tracks: Balal Intro; Balal/Slow; Balal/Fast; Goureh/mWPm; There Is Beauty In The Dark Out There; Lambeh; Malam Mix; Liingu Intro; Liingu/Bihag Track; Ni Wanoh; Aynabeh; Punjabi; Tara; Dadra Track.
Personnel: Omar Ka: vocals, guitar, violin. Afra Mussawisade: world percussion. Raphael Vanoli: guitars, electronic sounds. Mark Alban Lotz: c-, alt-, bass-, pvc contrabass flutes, bansuri. Sandip Battacharrya: vocals, tabla. Mustapha Znaida: sentir. Sebastian Pott: thumbpiano.


As a Leader

Lotz Of Music, CD Pendant La Nuit!
LopLop Records
2005
Tracks: Cowboy Game (Purves/Lotz); 6 Pendant La Nuit; Pow Pow (Lotz/ Surmenian/Purves); Little Shiva; Leo's Walkin' (Lotz/Berg/Surmenian/Purves); Tongue Resonance (Purves); Hungry I; Xandra's Monologue; Pyg-me-bop; Flow (Lotz/Surmenian/Purves); Dreamy Nuit; Pig-o-loco; Hungry II; Pendant Le 70'ties; Charlies Bossa; Bossa De La Nuit (all compositions by Lotz, except where indicated)
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz (piccolo, c-, alto-, bass-, PVC contra bass flute, vocals); Edwin Berg (piano, prepared piano, melodica, charlie (e organ), vocals); Eric Surmenian (bass, vocals); Frederic Jeanne (drum set); Alan 'Gunga' Purves (percussion set, harmonica, water cymbals, bells, wooden spoons, snare and low pitch drum, baby marimba, mini thumb piano, vocals)


As a Leader

Mark Lotz & Shango's Dance, Cuban Fishes Make Good Dishes
LopLop Records & Random Chance Records
2004
Tracks: Pescado Jive (trad./Campos); Bembé para Eleguá (trad./Campos/Bridon); Praise King Nimunze and Ochún (trad./Lotz/Kruger); Chango's Cloth (trad./Lotz); The Road To Odudua/Obatalá (trad./Lotz); The Hunter Ochosi (trad./Lotz); Asoyi Track (trad./Lotz/Beets); Sweet Ochún (trad./Lotz/v.Roon); Raga Colombiana (Lotz/Bridon); Yewa's Call (trad./Lotz/Vogel); Elekotó (trad./Campos); Hueso Groove (Ornstein/Schmid); A Shuffle For Ochún (trad./Lotz); Moyubation (trad./Campos)
Personnel: Alexis Zayas Rosabal, Jazmin Saavedra, Ariel Bridon Romero, Jorge Martinez Galan, Estrella Acosta, Liesbeth Anker, Frenla (vocals); José Pilar Suarez (vocals, batá); Javier Campos Martinez (vocals, batá, congas); Jorge Nuñez Menocal (vocals, batá); Sjahin During (batá); Jos De Haas (vocals, African Djembé); Jens Kerkhoff (batá, congas, chekeré); Arturo 'Hueso' Linares (bongos); Mark Alban Lotz (flutes, vocals); Maarten Ornstein (tenor sax, clarinet); Marc van Roon/Stefan Schmid (piano); Jos Machtel (trombone, acoustic bass); Eric Surmenian (acoustic bass); Liber Torrientes Mirabal /Stefan Kruger (drum set, percussion); André Pet (trombone, bass trombone)

As a Leader

Lotz Of Music, CD Pumkin Diaries
Random Chance Records & LopLop Records
2003
Tracks: Gabriel; Rock The Yellow Cab; In The Air; Eth; Oleo; Franz ; Pygmy Lounge; Zingaro; Blues Connotation; Straussen's Alptraum; It's You; Every Grain Of Sand
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz: concert-, alto-, bass-, PVC contra bass flute, Marc van Roon: piano, Eric Surmenian: acoustic bass, Michael Vatcher: drum set, percussion, glass organ


As a Co-Leader

Global Village Orchestra, CD Globalistics
Random Chance Records & LopLop Records
2004
Tracks: Sequenze I; Gravity; Yaschlik; Sequenze II; Blue Wedding; Beduin; Slavic Brew; Ayerlik; Tubab Magyar; Sequenze II; Little Shiva; Globalistics; Epilogue
Personnel: Mola Sylla (vocals, m'bira, xalam and kongoma); Behsat Üvez (vocals, saz, baglama, darbuka, davul, tef and kasik); Kamil Abbas (violin, ghijak); Mark Alban Lotz (piccollo, concert-, alto-, bass-, PVC contra bass flutes, bansuri); Steven Kamperman (b-flat & e-flat clarinets); Akos Laki (b-flat & bass clarinet, tenor sax); Henk Spies (soprano & bass saxophone); Karim Eharruyen (ud); Tjitze Anne Vogel (double bass); Afra Mussawissadeh (percussion-set, ghatam, cajon)


As a Leader


Blue Moods With The Mark Lotz Quartet
Via Jazz
1999
Tracks:Pyramid; Indian Summer; Harlem Nocturne; Starcrossed Lovers; Voçe; Mas Que Nada; This Is Always; Desert Lady; Chasin' The Benshmark; Folhas Secas
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz (flutes, vocals); Peter Beets, Eric Doelman (piano); Sander Tekelenburg, Marius Beets (acoustic bass); Wim Kegel, Ben Schröder (drums)


As a Leader


Lotz of Music In Havana - Blues for Yemayá
Via Jazz
1998
Tracks:Changó In The Dark; Crazy Babalou; Arará Track ; Blues For Yemayá; Guirro Para Ogún; For Cosmé And Damian; Makuta; King Of The White Cloth
Personnel: Alexis Zayas Rosabal, Amelia Pedroso, Xiomarra Larringa, Lilian Vieira, Jazmin Saavedra (vocals); José Pilar Suarez (vocals, batá, shekere); Javier Campos Martinez (vocals, batá, quinto, congas); Jorge Nuñez Menocal (vocals, batá, congas, shekere); Rodolfo Muñoz Ramirez, Miguel Anga Diaz (congas); Sjahin During (batá, cow-bell, clavé); Jos De Haas (vocals, African djembé); Mark Lotz (flutes, vocals); Maarten Ornstein (tenor sax, clarinet, bas clarinet); Stefan Schmid (piano); Jos Machtel (acoustic bass, tuba, valve trombone); Stefan Kruger (drums, cow-bell)


As a Leader


Lotz Of Music Meets Batá Drums, 2-CD Box, Le Coq Rouge
Via Jazz
1997
Tracks:CD1; Seven From Heaven; Dr. Gregg; Slavic Disease; Tamago; Max Zillion; Untitled Original ; Straußen's Alptraum; Una Muy Bonita; Two Note Head; Belmondo Geht Übern Place Pigalle; Dj.S.; CD2; Blues For Yemayá; Train Track; Baba Furruru; Bandada ; Odua/Obatalá; Checke, Checke; Duke's Trip; Chango; Ibedyi; Le Coq Rouge; Epilogue Train Track
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz (flutes, tambourine, mouthharp, handclapping); Maarten Ornstein (clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor sax, electric tenor sax); Stefan Schmid (piano, handclapping); Marius Beets (acoustic bass); Stefan Kruger (drums, batá drums, handclapping); Jos Machtel (valve trombone, tuba); André Pet (trombone, bas trombone); Javier Campos Martinez (batá drums, shekere, quinto); Frank van Dok (batá drums, cow-bell); Sjahin During (batá drums); Jos De Haas (batá drums, shekere, guirro, quinto)

As a Leader

Lotz Of Music, CD Puasong Daffriek
Laika Records
1995
Tracks: Rappin' Donna, Mean Mc Mudda; Pygmies In The Dark; Ojos Chinos De Sta Ana; Aeroflotz; Quasimodo; Dr. Kimble; Begoña Blues; Mogigrafisch Einerlei; Puasong D'affriek;
Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz (flutes, didgeridoo, handclaping); Maarten Ornstein (tenor sax, bassclarinet, handclaping), Stefan Schmid (piano, handclaping); Marius Beets (bass, handclaping); Stefan Kruger (drums, handclaping)

As a Co-Leader

Vogel/Lotz, Duo T(wo)-do, CD 'mostly harmless ...'
GLM, Edition Collage
1994
Tracks: Weird Walsje #1; Open Spaces; Aeroflotz; Picoloco; F.M.G.; Gancino Horo; Sophisticated Lady; So(u)loflotz; Quasimodo; Wight Wait For Weights; Free Interlude ; Beauty Is A Rare Thing; Congeniality; Portrait Of An Artist As A Small Furry Creature From Betelgeuze IV
Personnel: Tjitze Anne Vogel (contra bass); Mark Alban Lotz (picollo, c-, alt-, bass-flute) '

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Primary Instrument:
Flute

Location:
Zeist

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Credentials/Background:
Teaches flute at the Utrecht Conservatory HKU and Codarts Conservatory, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Piccollo (Yamaha), C- (Kotato & Fukushima), C- (Muramatsu) Alto- (Muramatsu), Bass- (Kotato & Fukushima), Pvc Contra Bass flutes (Hogenhuis), Bansuris (Harsh Wardhan), wooden, silver and golden head-joints by Christoph Mancke

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