Concerts in August

August was supposed to be a concert-free month for Korhan Erel, but that is a very difficult task to achieve in Berlin, a city full of wonderful, curious, progressive musicians and artists.

Korhan is going to play two shows that feature singers. The first one is at Sowieso on August 6 with Erika Sofia Sollo (voice, electronics), Hui-Chun Lin (cello) and Davide Persanti (trombone). Korhan had played with Lin in Leipzig in June, but it will be his first-ever meeting with Erika and Davide.

The second concert will be at Bonobo Bar in the Greenhouse on August 12 with Korhan’s electronics-doublebass quartet, this time featuring the amazing Shelley Hirsch on voice, as well as the usual suspects Richard Scott on modular synth, and Meinrad Kneer and Klaus Kürvers on doublebass.

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Concerts with Şevket Akıncı and Anıl Eraslan in Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin

Korhan Erel will play a series of concerts in Germany with his long-time collaborator from Istanbul, guitarist and composer Şevket Akıncı, and cellist Anıl Eraslan, with whom Korhan has been collaborating in several projects since 2010. Anıl is based in Strasbourg, France for a long time where he has been one of the most active players of several scenes in the city. Şevket Akıncı has been one of the driving forces of improvised and experimental music in Istanbul for the past 10 years, starting with co-founding the pioneering free-improvisation ensemble Islak Köpek with Korhan Erel in 2005.

Korhan, Şevket and Anıl will kick-off their small Germany tour in Cologne on June 17 playing at Labor Ebertplatz with Matthias Muche (trombone) and Brad Henkel (trumpet). Next they will play in the Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg on June 19 with Gunnar Lettow (prepared bass, objects, electronics), Seijiro Murayama (percussion) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone) at Centro Sociale.

The three musicians will wrap up their tour with two concerts with Korhan Erel’s Knofi Ensemble in Berlin on June 21st and 22nd. Both concerts will take place at Bonobo Bar in Greenhouse. The first line up on the 21st will feature Matthias Muche (trombone), Gunnar Lettow (prepared bass, objects, electronics). The second evening will see Tristan Honsinger (cello) and Rudi Fischerlehner (drums) play with Korhan, Şevket and Anıl.

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Last three shows in May

Korhan Erel will be playing two concerts and presenting a lecture-sound performance in Berlin in the last week of May. In the first concert on May 26, Tuesday, he will be playing with long-time collaborators in Berlin and Istanbul: Elisabetta Lanfredini, Nicolas Wiese, Utku Tavil. This concert will be at XB Liebig. The second concert on Wednesday, May 27, is again with Elisabetta Lanfredini, as well as Uygur Vural and joining us in the second set, the great trumpet player Axel Dörner. This one will be at Donau115. The last show is “Is Paradise Cheaper?”, a lecture-sound performance with writer Göksu Kunak. Göksu and Korhan developed this performance on movement and being queer in late 2014 and presented it for the first time in the Quiet Cue concert series in January. This time they perform at alpha nova kulturwerkstatt – galerie futura in Berlin. Please see details of concerts below.

May 26 / Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Nicolas Wiese (electronics), Utku Tavil (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at XB Liebig, Berlin, 21:00

May 27 / Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Uygur Vural (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) with Axel Dörner as guest at Donau115, Berlin, 20:30

May 28 / “Is Paradise Cheaper?” A lecture-sound performance with Göksu Kunak at alpha nova kulturwerkstatt, Berlin, 19:00

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Six concerts on May 21, 22, 24, 26, 27 and 28 in Berlin

In his busiest month in Berlin ever, Korhan Erel has six concerts in the last 10 days of the month with very exciting musicians and friends.

May 21 / Ross Feller (saxophone), Klaus Kürvers (double bass), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Richard Scott (analog synth), Korhan Erel (computer controllers) at Ma Thilda, Berlin

May 22 / ‘Animal Music’ book launch concert: David Rothenberg (clarinets, electronics), Lasse-Marc Riek (soundscapes), Elliot Sharp (guitar) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Cafe Jää-äär, Berlin

May 24 / Audrey Chen (voice, cello), Chris Heenan (alto sax, contrabass clarinet), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) with guest Dirk Stromberg on ‘Strombophone’ at Miss Hecker, Berlin, 20:30

May 26 / Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Nicolas Wiese (electronics), Utku Tavil (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at XB Liebig, Berlin, 21:00

May 27 / Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Uygur Vural (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) with Axel Dörner as guest at Donau115, Berlin, 20:30

May 28 / “Is Paradise Cheaper?” A lecture-sound performance with Göksu Kunak at alpha nova kulturwerkstatt, Berlin, 19:00

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Berlin Bülbül CD release concert and outdoor concerts with nightingales in Berlin

David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel - Berlin BülbülDavid Rothenberg and Korhan Erel will be promoting their new CD ‘Berlin Bülbül’ (Gruenrekorder) with a series of concerts in Berlin, following their album launch concert in Istanbul in April. The first two concerts will be on May 8 and 9 in Treptower Park and Viktoriapark respectively. These concerts will involve David and Korhan talk about and improvise with actual nightingales as well as some guest musicians. Both events will start around 23.00, because, as their name implies, nightingales are nocturnal singers.

On May 8, the meeting point is the park-side exit of the S-Bahn tunnel of the Treptower Park Station. The meeting time is 23.00.

On May 9, the meeting point is Viktorapark’s entrance on Kreuzbergerstraße. The entrance is right across the beginning of Großbeerenstraße. The meeting time is 23.00.

Both park concerts will be free but donations are welcome. There will also be copies of the Berlin Bülbül CD available for sale.

Please feel free to call me in case you cannot find us. If you don’t have my phone number, please send me an email at to request it. And please do not be late as once we start walking in the park, it will be extremely difficult to find us in the dark.

Instrumentation for park concerts is:

David Rothenberg: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Korhan Erel: real-time sampling with iPad using Samplr

Guest musicians:
May 8: Alexandra Duvekot (voice) and Cymin Samawatie (voice)
May 9: Maria Magdalena Wiesmaier (cello) and Lucie Vitkova (accordion)

The official CD release concert for Berlin Bülbül will take place at Sammlung Hoffmann on May 10. This concert is free, but space is limited and filling up rather fast. Therefore you MUST register by sending an email to The concert will start at 18.00

Instrumentation for the Sammlung Hoffmann concert is:

David Rothenberg: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Korhan Erel: computer instrument omnibus, cracklebox

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Improvised Krautrock: Seidel, Kürvers, Erel

The soon-to-be-cult improvised krautrock trio of Wolfgang Seidel (drums), Klaus Kürvers (double bass) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) had their debut concert at  Berlin’s Echo Buecher on December 7, 2014. Exactly five months after that appearance, they will play at Miss Hecker on May 1, 2015.

Their music entails freely improvised sections as well as groovy rocky/jazzy sections, and a lot of interplay between acoustic and electronic sounds.

Miss Hecker’s address cannot be published openly so please send Korhan Erel an email for it. Doors open at 20.00 and show starts at 20.30. Entrance is free but donations are highly encouraged.

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Schubert, Vural, Fischerlehner, Erel at Miss Hecker – April 26

An evening of improvisation at Berlin’s cult venue Miss Hecker with Frank Paul Schubert, Uygur Vural and Rudi Fischerlehner on Sunday, April 26. Music starts at 20.30.

Korhan Erel and Uygur Vural are both players in the Istanbul free improvisation scene. Their first concert together in Berlin was again at Miss Hecker.

Rudi Fischerlehner and Frank Paul Schubert have a duo together and share studio space.

Korhan and Frank were at the same New Year’s Eve party in 2015 and bellydanced to Turkish gypsy music together.

Rudi and Korhan do a lot of sessions together and have recently lauched an audiovisual project.

Uygur hasn’t met Rudi or Frank yet, but they’re all nice people and they’ll definitely like each other.

For those who care for nationalities for demographic, orientalistic or exotic reasons, Frank Paul Schubert is from Germany. Rudi Fischerlehner is Austrian. Korhan and Uygur are from Turkey. But this has nothing to do with the music, so don’t worry much about it. Miss Hecker is a Germanojapanese venue. Totally irrelevant piece of information. What’s really, really important is that they have very good whiskey and the place has a wonderful vibe.

Frank Paul Schubert, saxophones
Uygur Vural, cello
Rudi Fischerlehner, drums
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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Martin Blume – Luc Houtkamp – Korhan Erel at exploratorium berlin

k_blume-erel-houtkamp2-e1425725730864I am very much honored to be invited to play with Martin Blume (drums) and Luc Houtkamp (saxophone) at Berlin’s fine improvised music venue exploratorium on April 19. The concert will start at 20.00. Please find more info here

Martin and Korhan played together once in 2011 at Kunstmuseum Bochum as a part of the Soundtrips concerts series in North Rhine-Westfalia in Germany.

I send my warmest greetings and wishes for speedy recovery to the wonderful improviser and guitarist John Russell, who I will be replacing in the concert due to a an operation he’s recently had.

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Wegmann, Dörner, Megroz, Erel at Atelier Pia Maria, Biel

The new quartet initiated by Swiss pianist korhan-doerner-wegmann-megrozJudith Wegmann featuring Axel Dörner on trumpet, Julien Megroz on percussion, and Korhan Erel on computer and controllers will play their Swiss debut in the Montagsumsieben concert series at Atelier Pia Maria in Biel on Monday, April 6. This quartet have already played two concerts in Berlin at Sowieso on February 5 and Ausland on February 8, 2015.

Atelier Pia Maria, 19:00
Judith Wegmann, piano
Axel Dörner, trumpet
Julien Megroz, percussion
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign for Berlin Bülbül

David Rothenberg and Korhan Erel have launched a crowdsourcing campaign on PledgeMusic for their album Berlin Bülbül, which will be officially released on May 15 on Gruenrekorder. Please support us and get goodies in return, including improvisation lessons by David and live sampling lessons (which you can easily do with your iPhone) by Korhan. There are even Berlin Bülbül tshirts available with the wonderful cover image of the album. The campaign lives here: Click here for more information about the Berlin Bülbül project

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