Concerts in February

Korhan Erel will play seven concerts in Berlin, Hannover and Hamburg in February, including one with long-time collaborator Gunnar Lettow in the Stark Bewölkt series in Hamburg and one with another long-time collaborator Mark Alban Lotz in Berlin. Korhan and Antje Vowinckel will perform their political and satirical performance Privilegierte Partnerschaft at Spektrum in Berlin. Korhan will also follow-up on his concerts with Cymin Samawatie, this time in the Zuhören event by Sascha Waltz at Radialsystem.

The month will start with a great quartet at Donau115 with Eric Wong, Meinrad Kneer and Tom Arthurs, followed by a concert with Eberhard Meisel in Tonhalle Hannover. Korhan will also play a first-ever duo with violinist Elo Masing at Noiseberg in Kreuzberg. His concert with Mark Lotz will also feature Angelika Sheridan, Korhan’s musical partner at UnStumm, Irene Kepl, with whom Korhan played two concerts in Vienna, and finally Eric Wong.

February 3 / Eric Wong (elec. guitar), Tom Arthurs (trumpet), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Donau115, Berlin, 20:00

February 7 / Eberhard Meisel (zither, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Tonhalle Hannover, Hannover, 18:00

February 8 / Cymin Samawatie (voice), Korhan Erel (computer, iPad, controllers) in the Zuhören: Continu by Sascha Waltz and Friends at Radialsystem V, Berlin, 22:00

February 10 / Gunnar Lettow and Korhan Erel at the Stark Bewölkt series at Hörbar, Hamburg, 21:00

February 14 / Elo Masing (violin) and Korhan Erel (electronics, small speakers) at Noiseberg, Berlin, 18:00

February 18 / “Privilegierte Partnerschaft (Privileged Partnership)”: a project with Antje Vowinckel, as well as solos by both artists at Spektrum, Berlin, 20:00

February 21 / Angelika Sheridan (flutes), Mark Alban Lotz (flutes), Irene Kepl (violin), Eric Wong (elec. guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin, 20:00

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First two concerts on 2016

DSC_0948 - Version 2Korhan Erel will play only two concerts in January 2016, both of which will be in Berlin. The first one will be a celebration of the anniversary of cellist friend Uygur Vural’s first concert in Berlin at Miss Hecker. Besides Korhan, Uygur has invited violinist Biliana Voutchkova and clarinetist Michael Thieke, who was in the line up of the original concert with Korhan. The concert will be at Miss Hecker on January 9, 2016, exactly one year after the original concert. There will be some snacks too!

The second concert will be with guitarist Eric Wong in the Experimontag series at Madame Claude on January 11. This will be the first live meeting of two musicians. Two more concerts are already planned.


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A happy, healthy and successful 2016

A very happy, healthy and successful 2016 to everyone who believe in freedom, tolerance and equality for all, and at least a touch of wisdom to those who do not.

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Concerts in December

Before Korhan Erel goes to Turkey for three weeks on December 21, he will play two concerts in Switzerland and several in Berlin.

The first two concerts of the month will be in Switzerland on the 3rd and 5th. Erel will be playing in a concert organized by trombonist Beat Unternährer with musicians and dancers at the Burgbachkeller in Zug. On the 5th, Erel will be playing with the quartet led by Judith Wegmann in the Marathon of Ancient Civilisations in the IOIC Festival in Zurich, providing an improvised soundtrack to the silent film The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. De Mille, 1923). Please see the schedule below for lineups and other details.

On December 8, Erel will be improvising with Brianne Curran, Elisabetta Lanfredini and Uygur Vural in Brianne’s concert series at LaBetto Lab. Tomomi Adachi will also perform in the same evening.

December 11 and 20 will see two concerts at Miss Hecker. The first one is by invitation of Lina Allemano and has the same line-up that Erel had last month there with Lina playing instead of Achim Kaufmann. The second one on the 20th will be with my long-time collaborator Gunnar Lettow. Besides a short duo piece, we will also play with Nora Krahl and Matthias Müller. Please send an email for venue address, as Miss Hecker is a private space.

December 3 / Akemi Nago (dance), Angela Stöcklin (dance), Jan Schacher (double bass), Beat Unternährer (trombone), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Burgbachkeller, in Zug, Switzerland

December 5 / Judith Wegmann (prepared piano), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Julien Megroz (percussion) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in Marathon of Ancient Civilisations, IOIC Festival at Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich

December 8 / Brianne Curran (violin), Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Uygur Vural (cello), Korhan Erel (melodica, cracklebox, electronics) at LaBettoLab, Berlin (second act: Tomomi Adachi)

December 11 / Lina Allemano (trumpet), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin

December 20 / Nora Krahl (cello), Matthias Müller (trombone), Gunnar Lettow (prepared e-bass, objects, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin


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Concerts in Berlin and Cologne in November

Korhan Erel will be playing very exciting concerts in Berlin and Cologne in November, including a solo concert in the Biegungen im Ausland series at Ausland, where Erel will be playing two pieces of his, and an exciting appearance in Cologne in Laia Genc’s Istanbul Composers Orchestra for Peace and Freedom in Turkey. Other appearances include first-ever performances with Achim Kaufmann and Michael Vorfeld.

November 8 / Achim Kaufmann (piano), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin (please contact Korhan for address)

November 19 / Michael Vorfeld (percussion), Adam Pultz Melbye (double-bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Sowieso, Berlin

November 20 / Solo concert playing pieces “Mahreç” and “Sınıf Mücadelesi” in the Biegungen im Ausland concert series at Ausland, Berlin (link)

November 21 / Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Nicolas Wiese (mixer, feedback, spatial re-recordings of previously recorded Lanfredini and Erel/Wiese material), Korhan Erel (computer, electronics) in the festival organized by Adenan Ahmad at the Greenhouse, Berlin

November 26 / “Concert for Peace and Freedom” with Laia Genc & Istanbul Composers Orchestra – Başak Yavuz (vocals), Dave Allen (guitar), Bodek Janke (drums), Bassem Hawar (joza), Sena Başöz (live visuals) with guests Mehmet Akbaş (vocals) and Ibrahim Keivo (vocals) at Alte Feuerwache, Cologne

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Saadet Türköz, Thomas Maos, Korhan Erel in the Jazz and Classic Days, Tübingen

Türköz Maos ErelKorhan Erel will play an exciting improvised trio concert with vocal improviser/singer Saadet Türköz and guitarist Thomas Maos in the Tübingen Jazz and Classic Days on October 22. Korhan had played once with Saadet in Istanbul before and had played in Thomas Maos’s concert series Tresorraum in Tübingen in September 2014 with Gunnar Lettow.

When you read the advertising text for the concert, please do your best to skip over all descriptions aiming to exoticise Erel and Türköz, and simply come to the concert to enjoy some cutting-edge freely improvised music without boundries.

The concert will be at Sudhaus / Club Voltaire and start at 20:30.

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Martin Blume, Axel Dörner, Ariel Shibolet, Korhan Erel

Martin Blume (l), Axel Dörner (c), Ariel Shibolet (r)

Martin Blume (l), Axel Dörner (c), Ariel Shibolet (r)

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in North-Rhine Westfalia in a dream quartet initiated by drummer Martin Blume and with Axel Dörner on trumpet and Ariel Shibolet on soprano saxophone.

The concert series schedule is:

September 25 at Ort, Wuppertal, 20:00
September 26 at Kunstmuseum Bochum, 20:00
September 27 at Loft Köln, 20:00

Korhan has collaborated with all of these musicians before in numerous settings. Korhan and Martin played for the first time in Bochum in November 2012 in the Soundtrips (Korhan was invited to play in the series), and again in April 2015 in Berlin’s exploratorium with saxophonist Luc Houtkamp. Korhan and Axel play in the Judith Wegmann Quartet together and also have had several concerts in Berlin with different line-ups. Ariel and Korhan played for the first time in Tel Aviv in June 2010. Their second and most recent meeting was in February 2014 in the Klangzeit Festival in Münster as members of the large improvising ensemble curated by Erhard Hirt.

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Serene: Laia Genc and Korhan Erel

Serene VisualKorhan Erel launches a new, exciting project “Serene” of songs, piano and live sound processing with renowned Cologne-based composer, pianist and singer Laia Genc. Serene will have its debut concert at Salon de Jazz in Cologne on September 24.

Megapolis – that is where a lot of emerging projects start. People meet, mingle, create ideas, combine their creative power.

Laia Genc and Korhan Erel got to know each other in Istanbul, one of those magic mega cities, a town from ancient times and anew every day; where many different points of view meet, many layers of consciuosness combine. Laia and Korhan come from two different countries and very diverse musical backgrounds.

Laia is an accomplished composer, pianist and singer while Korhan is an autodidact in computer music and sound design. Together they play as „Serene”, a duo of transformations, both in music and on stage. Korhan’s computer and electronics shift and morph Laia’s piano and voice as she sings her own compositions and collected well-loved music. Times and stories meet and unfold, sounding landscapes are confronted with the concrete tones coming from the piano that blossom into serene musical bouquets.

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“üçgen dörtgen” in the Quiet Cue at KINDL concert series

KINDL FLYER1-72-640On September 12, Korhan Erel will play his piece “üçgen-dörtgen” in the second installment of the Quiet Cue at KINDL concert series. “üçgen-dörtgen” (triangle-rectangle) is a piece inspired by Alvin Lucier’s Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra and is a four-channel piece composed of triangle samples and drum sounds. It was premiered at the Museum of Contemporary Art/Applied Arts in Vienna in April 2013.

The program of the evening is:

Korhan Erel (TR/Berlin) – »Üçgen–Dörtgen« (triangle–rectangle)
4-channel piece for triangle samples and drum sounds, inspired by
Alvin Lucier – »Silver Street Car for the Orchestra«

Christian Kesten (Berlin) – »feld 037 grundlos«
Ariane Jeßulat, Henrik Kairies, Christian Kesten – voices
4-channel sound direction: Nicolas Wiese

UdK Students Ensemble / Early and New Music departments
under the direction of Susanne Fröhlich (Berlin, recorders):
James Tenney – »In a Large, Open Space«
Johann Sebastian Bach – »Partita for solo flute«
Lucie Vítková – »Choral no. 8« (UA)

Concert begin: 20:00
KINDL – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst
Am Sudhaus 2, 12053 Berlin, Germany

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UnStumm, Cologne, September 5

UnStumm-PosterUnStumm is a collaborative project by filmmakers, video artists and musicians from Istanbul and Cologne. UnStumm aims to produce improvised performances of film and music.  It is the brainchild of Korhan Erel and Nicola Hein, who are also the organizers and curators of the event. It is funded by the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne. It will take place at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, which has kindly provided its facilities to the project.

Besides the artistic goals of this project, it also aims to bring together creative minds from Istanbul and Cologne together to increase awareness on the progressive scenes of these two cities, and more importantly, to pave the way for future collaborations between these scenes.

The artists in UnStumm are (in alphabetical order):

Sena Başöz, filmmaker
Çağdaş Dinç, filmmaker
Anıl Eraslan, musician (cello)
Korhan Erel, musician (computer)
Nicola Hein, musician (guitar)
Luis Negron, video artist
Matthias Neuenhofer, video artist
Angelika Sheridan, musician (recorders)

These artists will work in two teams to develop a loosely structured but mainly improvised performance on September 2-4 and present it at the main hall of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne on September 5 at 20:00. Entrance to the event will be free.


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