Islak Köpek’s 10th Anniversary Concerts in Istanbul and Berlin

ALI_3954Islak Köpek is an Istanbul-based free improvisation ensemble founded by me and Şevket Akıncı in 2005. It has been at the forefront of experimental music in Turkey ever since and has pioneered the beginning of free improvisation as an established genre in Turkey with several festival, television appearances, sometimes going to the extent of having made fun of in Turkish TV shows, as well as two albums released in Turkey and the Netherlands. Despite its established status in Turkey and its members playing many concerts in Europe, the US and the Middle-East, the ensemble itself had never played outside Turkey.

The ensemble will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a first-ever international appearance in Berlin as part of the News Sounds of Istanbul and Berlin event at Radialsystem V on Saturday, March 14, and an anniversary concert in Istanbul at Yeldeğirmeni Sanat Merkezi on March 3. The concert in Berlin is a co-production of Borusan Music House and Radialsystem V. Islak Köpek played at Borusan Music House twice in 2011.

Islak Köpek will play as

Şevket Akıncı: guitar
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Gülşah Erol: cello (Istanbul)
Nora Krahl: cello (Berlin)
Giray Gürkal: gitar
Robert Reigle: tenor saksofon
Volkan Terzioğlu: tenor saksofon (Istanbul)

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Lotz / Erel duo – Hein / Erel / Marien trio

LotzErelKorhan met Mark Alban Lotz in Istanbul in 2010, a few days before they went into the stuido to record Islak Köpek’s album “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th”. That album, released in 2011 on Evil Rabbit Recordings, has been receiving quite good reviews and still getting air time on radios. Four of the tracks on the albums were duos with Mark and Korhan, and they have been especially received well, which led the two to start a duo. They played several concerts in the Netherlands including one with Dutch free jazz greats Eric Boeren (trumpet) and Wolter Wierbos (trombone) in 2011. They have also started the sextet IstanPOOL, which consists of three musicians each from the Netherlands and Turkey. Mark and Korhan will play two concerts at Sowieso on February 12 and 14. Both shows will start with a solo set by Mark. Following that, Lotz / Erel duo will play as a duo as well as with guests. On the 12th, Frank Gratkowski on reeds will join the duo. On the14th, Gebhard Ullmann on reeds and Nicola Hein on guitar will be guests.

Mark Lotz, flutes, electronics
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers
Frank Gratkowski, reeds (Feb 12)
Gebhard Ullmann, reeds and Nicola Hein, guitar (Feb 14)

Nicola Hein and Korhan Erel will also play together in the concert featuring their trio with Christian Marien on drums, which will be the trio’s third concert in Berlin. This time, they take sax player Peter van Huffel with them to play at Shangl Hangl on February 13 in Berlin.

Peter van Huffel, saxophone
Nicola Hein, guitar
Christian Marien, drums
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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New Quartet with Judith Wegmann, Axel Dörner and Julien Megroz

korhan-doerner-wegmann-megrozFebruary will see the debut concert of a new quartet initiated by Swiss pianist Judith Wegmann. Judith and Korhan met and played together in the Neighbours Festival in Bern in June 2014. Their mutual fondness of each others playing turned into a quartet idea by Judith with Julien Megroz and Axel Dörner. The quartet will play their first two concerts in Berlin at Sowieso on February 5 and Ausland on February 8. This will be followed by a concert in Biel, Switzerland, on April 6 and then several others in Switzerland in December 2015.

Judith Wegmann, piano
Axel Dörner, trumpet
Julien Megroz, percussion
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

Sowieso, February 5, 20:30
Ausland, February 8, 20:00

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Concerts and exhibition in January 2015

cropped-ozl_5929.jpgFollowing the long break without concerts in December, Korhan Erel will be playing many concerts in January and February in Germany and Istanbul. The concerts will begin with an interesting quartet with many first-time meetings at Miss Hecker on Friday, January 9. Korhan will improvise with three musicians who have never played with each other before: Michael Thieke on clarinets, Uygur Vural on cello, and Emilio Gordoa on prepared vibraphone. Korhan has played numerous times with Uygur Vural, his close friend and compatriate from the Istanbul free improvisation scene, and several times with Emilio in Berlin. Korhan will be in Istanbul from January 10 until 22 to show his audio-visual installation Findings in a group exhibition titled “Waves” at Blok Art Space, curated by Ebru Yetişkin. The exhibition will include many other artists showing their new media works. The opening is on Thursday, January 15, in case you happen to be in Istanbul on that day. After his return from Istanbul, Korhan will debut his new lecture-performance project Is Paradise Cheaper? with writer Göksu Kunak at Quiet Cue on Saturday, January 24. On January 26, Korhan will embark on a tour in North Rhine – Westfalia, playing five concerts with his duo and trio partner guitarist Nicola Hein, as well as one solo show and one talk:

January 26 / Laia Genc (piano), Udo Moll (trumpet), Albrecht Maurer (violin), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Salon de Jazz, Cologne
January 28 / Udo Moll (trumpet), Luis Negron (video), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Rottstr 5 Theater, Bochum
January 29 / Paul Lytton (percussion), Paul Hubweber (trombone), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Raststätte, Aachen
January 30 / solo concert at mex, Dortmund
January 31 / Nicola Hein (electric guitar) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Lokal Harmonie, Duisburg
February 1 / Laia Genc (piano), Angelika Niescier (saxophone), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the VegaJam concert series at Theater Klüngelpütz, Cologne
February 2 / talk at cooperativa neue musik, Bielefeld
February 3 / Laureline König (voice), Marcus Beuter (field recordings), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the kleine bühne im kesselhaus concert series at Alte Weberei, Gütersloh

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Winter break

The Liz

The Liz: Liz Allbee, Liz Erel, Liz Kosack @ Salon Tippel. Photo by Dan Peter Sundland

My concerts are over for the year 2014. The first performance of 2015 will be at Miss Hecker in Berlin with Michael Thieke (clarinets), Emilio Gordoa (prepared vibraphone) and Uygur Vural (cello). Until then, I will be focusing on preparing for my solo concerts in Dortmund and Berlin, preparing my work “Findings” for the group exhibition “Waves”in Istanbul curated by Ebru Yetişkin, and working on the lecture-performance “Is Paradise Cheaper?” with Göksu Kunak to be performed at Quiet Cue on Jan 24. I will be in Istanbul from Jan 10 through Jan 22 and then in North-Rhein Westfalen from Jan 26 onwards for a series of concerts with Nicola Hein and other musicians as well as a solo concert in Dortmund and an artist talk in Bielefeld. I will be back in Berlin on Feb 4 for more concerts here. Please see for details.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and passionate 2015.

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Concerts in December

Ute WassermannBiliana Voutchkova 02 Korhan Erel - sitting, in front of set up, yellow pullover, looking sceptical, Stuttgart - photo by Gunnar LettowMeinrad Kneer

Korhan Erel will play three concerts in the first 7 days of December.

The first concert will be on December 2 at Ma Thilda(Wildenbruchstr. 38, Neukölln) with the new quartet Ute Wassermann (voice, birdcalls), Biliana Voutchkova (violin), Meinrad Kneer (double-bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers). This will be the second concert of the quartet after their first appearance in September and will start at 21.00 (please do not assume that it will start much later than that). The concert is free but donations are very much welcome.

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The second concert titled “Kimsin?” is on December 3 at Salon Tippel (Schudomastr. 45, Neukölln) with Liz Kosack (synth), Liz Allbee (amplified trumpet) and Korhan “Liz” Erel (computer, controllers). The concert is a part of the KIM concert series at Salon Tippel and will start at 20:30.

“Kimsin?” in Turkish means “who are you?” Posed to us, “Liz” suffices. Can we pose it to you? Find the question and its answer at Salon Tippel in the winter of its existence (Sadly closing in Jan.) Three improvisors tackle identity quandaries and the elasticity of selves through sound probing, and hope to find themselves (and you) there.”

5eyesThe last concert of 2014 will be on December 7 at the album launch event of Five Eyes, the latest album by Alfred 23 Harth and Wolfgang Seidel. The event at Echo Buecher (Grüntaler Strasse 9, Wedding) will start at 17.00. The concert with Wolfgang Seidel (drums), Klaus Kürvers (double bass) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) will begin around 18.00. Five Eyes is released on Moloko +

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New Release: Live at Gitar Cafe by Canned Fit, Yannis Saxonis and Korhan Erel

A concert recording by Canned Fit (Christine Schörkhuber), Yannis Saxonis and myself at GitarCafe in Istanbul on September 9, 2013 has been released on the netlabel Gronde Murmure today. It’s a free download (you can pay if you want, of course).

Yannis Saxonis : analog electronics
Korhan Erel : computer, controllers
Canned Fit : objects, DIY Electronics, voice/body

Cover design by Christine Schörkhuber

Cover design by Christine Schörkhuber

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Concerts in November

Korhan Erel will play six concerts in Berlin and Leipzig between November 7 and November 30. The first concert will be in Leipzig on November 7 in the NIL Experimental Stage concert series in Leipzig with Marek Brandt, Michael Breitenbach and Fabian Niermann.

NIL [Netzwerk für Improvisation Leipzig] brings together musicians and artist who practice free improvisation. It has been organizing multimedia concerts since 2014 where experimental electronic music, live visual performances and dance performances take place alongside improvised music. This concert will be the first one of their new series NIL Experimental Stage in Pöge Haus, Leipzig.

November 7 / Marek Brandt (electronics, laptop), Michael Breitenbach (soprano sax), Fabian Niermann (tenor sax), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the NIL Experimental Stage series at Pöge-Haus, Leipzig, 21:00

The second concert of the month will see Korhan Erel perform with an international cast of musicians. Berlin-based musicians Shasta Ellenbogen, Emilio Gordoa, Adam Pultz Melbye and Korhan Erel will join the visiting musician Jack Wright for a free improvisation performance at Ma Thilda on November 10.

November 10 / Jack Wright (saxophones), Shasta Ellenbogen (viola), Emilio Gordoa (prepared vibraphone), Adam Pultz Melbye (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Ma Thilda, Berlin, 20:30

The third concert will be with the new trio Nicola Hein, Korhan Erel, Christian Marien at Kühl Spot Social Club in Berlin on November 15. This trio had its debut concert in October at Onkel Gustav in Berlin. Korhan and Nicola will be playing many more concerts in January 2015 in Berlin, Aachen, Cologne and Gütersloh with a diverse selection of musicians. Click here to listen to a recording by Hein and Erel.

November 15 / Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Christian Marien (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Kühl Spot Social Club, Berlin, 20:30

The following two concerts will be with Franziska Baumann, the Swiss vocalist and electronics musician based in Bern. Franziska and Korhan met at the Neighbors Festival in Bern in June 2014. This will be their first musical meeting and will be joined by Meinrad Kneer, with whom Korhan has been collaborating frequently in Berlin, having already played three concerts since July 2014 and with many more in the near future. Their first concert will be at T Berlin on November 18 with Christoph Baumann joining them on the piano. The second concert will be at Ma Thilda on November 20.

November 18 / Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics), Christoph Baumann (piano), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at T Berlin, Berlin, 20:30

November 20 / Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Ma Thilda, Berlin, 20:30

The last concert in November will be with an unusual quartet where two voice/electronics players will be joined by Korhan and Chris Heenan, with whom Korhan has been playing and exploring ideas since 2011. Their most recent concert together was at world in a room in Schöneberg with cellist Nora Krahl. Maria Christina is a jazz-versed singer and composer, while Tomomi Adachi is a performer on the cutting edge of experimental performances. The concert will take place at miss hecker on November 30. Please contact me for the address of Miss Hecker as the venue does not advertise its address publicly.

November 30 / Tomomi Adachi (voice, electronics), Chris Heenan (contrabass clarinet), Maria Christina (voice, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin 20:30 (please e-mail me for the address. miss hecker does not advertise their address publicly)

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Two electronics, two double basses: Kürvers, Kneer, Scott and Erel at Ma Thilda, Oct 9

Korhan Erel will play with three very exciting musicians on October 9 at Ma Thilda in Berlin: Klaus Kürvers and Meinrad Kneer on double bass and Richard Scott on modular synthesizer. Korhan has had several sessions with Klaus Kürvers, but this will be their first time playing live. It will be a first-time musical meeting with Richard Scott, who is one of the organizers of the AUXXX concert series in Berlin, where Meinrad Kneer and Korhan played together for the first time.

The concert starts at 20:30. Ma Thilda is on Wildenbruchstr. 68, Berlin |

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Lettow / Erel: Bad Falling Bostel tour in Germany


Lettow and Erel in concert with Chris Heenan at Ausland, Berlin (2011)

Gunnar Lettow and Korhan Erel have been playing as a duo since November 2011 and have already had many concerts in Germany. This musical partnership has recently produced its first album “Bad Falling Bostel” on the Portuguese label Creative Source Recordings. Lettow and Erel will embark on a tour in Germany to promote their album. The 8-concert tour will begin in Hamburg on September 26 and end in Munich on October 4. They will collaborate with double bass player John Hughes in Hamburg.

September 26 / Hamburg – Hörbar
September 27 / Hannover – Galeria Lunar
September 28 / Kassel – Galerie FBI
September 30 / Duisburg – Djäzz
October 1 / Karlsruhe – Preview.Süd
October 2 / Stuttgart – Elektrobarklingelton
October 3 / Tübingen – Tressorraum
October 4 / Munich – Halle6

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