IstanPOOL is a brand new collective of musicians from Turkey and the Netherlands in a setting of two wind instruments, two guitars and two laptops: Michael Moore & Mark Alban Lotz (winds), Korhan Erel & Robert van Heumen (laptops, live processing), Şevket Akıncı & Giray Gürkal (guitars, effects). The project is conceptualized and organized by Utrecht-based flutist Mark Alban Lotz and Istanbul-based computer musician Korhan Erel. Initial concerts happened in Istanbul and Utrecht between 2010-2013 in form of Lotz/Erel duo with guest musicians. Mark Alban Lotz has a collaborative album with Islak Köpek, whose members include the three Turkish musicians here, which was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011.
Audrey Chen (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) and Giray Gürkal (electric guitar, effects) will play an improvised set at BOEHMERSExhibition, Berlin on September 27, only a few hours before Korhan and Giray get on their train to Amsterdam to launch their five-concert tour there with IstanPOOL and Stichting dOEk musicians . Concert will start at 20.00.
Mark Alban Lotz is an Utrecht-based flute player and improviser who is also quite well known in Turkey as a jazz player and improviser. He had come to Istanbul in 2010 to make two recordings with Istanbul-based improvisers. One of these recordings was with Islak Köpek, Turkey’s first free improvisation ensemble founded in 2005. This record, “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th”, was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011. Islak Köpek and Mark played a concert at Borusan Müzik Evi in Istanbul soon after the release of the album.
Mark Alban Lotz returns to Istanbul once more to reunite with Islak Köpek. They will play a concert at Gitar Cafe on May 2nd. The concert will start at 9pm.
Mark Alban Lotz: flutes
Şevket Akıncı: acoustic guitar
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Gülşah Erol: cello
Giray Gürkal: electric guitar, effects
Robert Reigle: tenor saxophone
Volkan Terzioğlu: tenor saxophone
We’d like to extend our thanks to the Kingdom of Netherlands Consulate in Istanbul for supporting this musical and cultural exchange between Mark Alban Lotz and improvisers in Istanbul.