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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Wassermann, Voutchkova, Kneer, Erel at Sowieso

Biliana Voutchkova 02 Meinrad Kneer Ute Wassermann




Korhan Erel will improvise with a group of wonderful musicians on September 19 at Berlin’s Sowieso in Neukölln. Korhan has been having sessions with voice improviser Ute Wassermann since he has moved to Berlin and has already had a duo performance with double-bass player Meinrad Kneer in the AUXX Festival in July. It will be his first time playing with violinist Biliana Voutchkova, a very active component of the Berlin echtzeitmusik scene. Doors will open at 19.30 and music will start at 20.30 sharp.

Ute Wassermann: voice, birdcalls
Biliana Voutchkova: violin
Meinrad Kneer: double-bass
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers

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Frischzelle Festival in Cologne, September 9-12

fz_logoKorhan Erel will be playing several concerts in the Frischzelle Festival in Cologne and Düsseldorf on September 9, 10, 11, and 12. Frischzelle is organized by ZeitKunst (Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne). This year’s festival will focus on a new collaboration between German and Turkish musicians and visual artists from Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam and Istanbul. The headliner is  “Spaces”, where Timeart Ensemble of six improvisers play as a computer software listens to their music, generates live visuals out of their music, and projects in onto the five walls of the concert space. Spaces will be premiered in Frischzelle on September 9. The festival will continue with various duos and trios of German and Turkish artists on September 10 and 11. The 11th will also feature the Projekt House-Home. On September 12, six musicians will play in the Düsseldorf Festival. The line-ups, venues and times are listed below.

All concerts in Cologne are free!
Concert in Düsseldorf cost €12/8 Euros (total price for all three performances).


09.09.14 – 20.30
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

- Timeart Ensemble / Spaces: Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects), Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Sven Hahne (computer, video), Tobias Klein (reeds), Nora Krahl (cello), Matthias Muche (trombone)

10.09.14 – 20.30
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

- Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Tobias Klein (reeds)
- Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects), Nora Krahl (cello), Candaş Şişman (video)
- Katrin Bethge (overhead projector), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics)

11.09.14 – 20.30 Uhr
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

- Tobias Klein (reeds), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects)
- Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics), Candaş Şişman (video), Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets)
- Projekt House-Home: Lan Thanh Cao (piano), Floria M. Nica (guitar and voice), Sergej Maingardt (composition, electronics), Jens Standke (Video), Gregor Siedl (saxophone, game calls, sound objects)

12.09.14 – 20.30
Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf

- Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Tobias Klein (reeds)
- Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers)
- Sven Hahne (computer, video), Matthias Muche (trombone)

Frischzelle Festival

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Two concerts in Berlin: with Utku Tavil and solo

Ma Thilda

Korhan Erel will play two concerts in Berlin in August after his three-week break in Istanbul. The first concert will be with drummer/electronics player Utku Tavil at Altes Finanzamt as a part of the 41st leg of the Multiversal concert series on August 22. The evening will start at 9:30pm and will also feature a performance by Brage Tørmænen.

The second performance will be a solo set at Ma Thilda with two other performances by YNDGANG and The Custodians on August 26. The evening will start at 8:30pm


Tom Jackson (clarinet)
Stephen Crowe (guitar),
Wolfgang Georgsdorf (violin)
Benedict Taylor (viola).


“The Custodians”

Adam Bohman – (objects),
Adrian Northover (sopranino sax),
Sue Lynch (tenor sax/flute)

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Interplay: improvised encounters of dance and music

interplayInterplay is an international meeting of nine dancers and musicians on the wonderful stage of Acker Stadt Palast, one of Berlin’e very special performance venues. Performance starts at 8:30pm. Coming early and chilling out in the lovely, quiet, cool inner courtyard before the performance is highly recommended!

Acker Stadt Palast is on Ackerstraße 169/170 in Berlin.

Cathie Caraker – dance
Nina Martin – dance
Leslie Scates – dance
Andrew Wass – dance
Shelley Hirsch – vocal
Frank Gratkowski – alto sax, clarinets
Simon Rose – saxophones
Matthias Bauer – double bass
Korhan Erel – computer, controllers

Korhan Erel has performed with dancers and especially contact improvisers including Kirstie Simson and Yanael Plumet, and has composed for dance, most recently for Frozen Dream in Istanbul. It will be his first performance with all of the performers except for Frank Gratkowski, with whom he played two concerts in Istanbul in March 2014.

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Meinrad Kneer and Korhan Erel in FESTIVAUXXX, Berlin

Meinrad Kneer Double bass player Meinrad Kneer and Korhan Erel will play a duo set in the FESTIVAUXXX festival in Berlin on July 18. The other duo of the concert is Frank Gratkowski and Tomomi Adachi. The concert will take place at Lichtblick Kino. Doors open at 9pm, concert starts at 10pm. Facebook event

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Presentation and Concert: Antje Vowinckel and Korhan Erel

On Sunday, June 29, 2014, Antje Vowinckel and Korhan Erel will present a common sound art program at Errant Bodies in Berlin:

1- Novel in glass. Turkish sound vitrines based on motifs by Orhan Pamuk. By Antje Vowinckel, Produktion HR/SWR 2014, 54 minutes
2 – The Threshold. Film by Fabian Astore with sound design by Korhan Erel (joint winner of Blake Prize 2012), 7 minutes
3- Improvisation by Korhan Erel, laptop, Antje Vowinckel, organ and objects, 15 minutes

Parallel to his novel The Museum of Innocence Orhan Pamuk had built a museum of the same title in Istanbul, assembling objects that play a role in the novel. In more than 80 vitrines the objects correspond in a new way and convey the zeitgeist of the western orientated upper class in Istanbuls 70s. These vitrines are documented with many fotos in his book The innocence of objects.

“When creating the vitrines I became conscious that the objects I had been collecting for years and described in my novel got a new meaning in the museum. As soon as they were lying in vitrines they talked to each other and sang a new song transcending the novel.
A sound composition based on this “song” is the idea of German sound composer and radio artist Antje Vowinckel. She transfers the idea of chance encounters in vitrines into the acoustic dimension by using glass resonances.

The Threshold is a video by Fabian Astore shot in Istanbul and augmented by Korhan Erel’s sound design. The video jointly won the coveted Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. As Astore describes it: “Sitting at the threshold, the presence of childhood innocence renders complex boundaries to a moment of spiritual elevation. A video recorded serendipitously in Istanbul, Turkey in January 2012.”

The evening will end with a 15-minute improvisation by Antje Vowinckel on electric organ and objects, and Korhan Erel on computer and controllers.


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