129

Mark Alban Lotz: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th

Eyal Hareuveni By

Sign in to view read count
Dutch master flutist Mark Alban Lotz is a true musical nomad, seeming to have played with musicians from all over the world, and feeling free in any musical setting, whether it is solo performance, free or mainstream jazz, contemporary new music or African, Balkan, East-Asian or Indian traditions. Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th documents highlights of his meeting with some of Istanbul's great exponents from its vibrant improvising scene, many of them members of the musical collective and label re:konstruKt, which co-released this album.

The ten improvisations feature Lotz in duo, trio, quartet and sextet formats. The opening "North Star," the disc's longest, features guitarist Umut Çağlar and trumpeter Can Ömer Uygan, who both add subtle electronic manipulation to their sounds, enhancing a meditative, distant drone sound that blurs and melts the sounds all three musicians produce into an otherworldly sonic entity. The trio's second improvisation, "Animal Rites," is more playful, and stresses the close interplay between Lotz and Uygan.

Three improvisations featuring Lotz with Çağlar, Uygan and clarinetist Alexandre Toisoul, cover different musical terrains: "Ursuppe" is an atmospheric sound poem, interrupted by spiky guitar lines; "Küsendem" is focused on extended techniques of producing sounds through the mouthpieces, while Çağlar injects distorted noisy sounds in between; and "Open Air Party" is an energetic, sometimes chaotic free improvisation.

All six musicians collaborate on two short improvisations. "Friction" sound as if they are testing the sonic possibilities until they take off, while "Sintactics" has a loose construction and spare rhythm, demonstrating how musical improvisation is, indeed, a common international language, regardless of musical heritage and education.

Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th is an imaginative, surprisingly accessible and masterful demonstration of truly adventurous musical minds.

Track Listing: North Star; Animal Rites; R.R.K. Rahasaan; Ursuppe; Küsendem; Dr. No; Open Air Party; Friction; Sintactics; Soroaster.

Personnel: Mark Alban Lotz: piccolo, c-flute, alto-flute, bass-flute, prepared flute; Alexandre Toisoul: clarinet (2, 4, 5, 7-9); Can Ömer Uygan: trumpet, analog effects (1, 2, 4, 5, 7-9); Umut Çağlar: electric guitar, analog effects (1, 4, 5, 7-9); Michael Hays: bass (3, 8-10); Florent Merlet: drums (6, 8-10).

Title: Istanbul Improv Sessions May 5th | Year Released: 2011 | Record Label: LopLop Records


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Slægt CD/LP/Track Review Slægt
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: September 24, 2017
Read An Eye on the Future CD/LP/Track Review An Eye on the Future
by Jack Bowers
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Cherry ‎– Sakura CD/LP/Track Review Cherry ‎– Sakura
by John Sharpe
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Blow, Strike & Touch CD/LP/Track Review Blow, Strike & Touch
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 24, 2017
Read Elusive CD/LP/Track Review Elusive
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 23, 2017
Read Transitions CD/LP/Track Review Transitions
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: September 23, 2017
Read "Follow Your Heart" CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read "Gratitude" CD/LP/Track Review Gratitude
by Geno Thackara
Published: April 10, 2017
Read "Opening Statement" CD/LP/Track Review Opening Statement
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 3, 2017
Read "Moving Still" CD/LP/Track Review Moving Still
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 12, 2016
Read "Backlog" CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 17, 2017
Read "Live at Nectar’s" CD/LP/Track Review Live at Nectar’s
by Joe Gatto
Published: May 14, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.