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: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/berlinbulbul Click here for more information about the Berlin Bülbül project
David Rothenberg and Korhan Erel will soon release a CD of live music with nightingales, Berlin Bülbül on Gruenrekorder. David and Korhan met in Berlin in early 2014 and started playing concerts and recording, including one concert at Treptower Park in May with live nightingales. The album is a collection of home recordings and outdoor recordings with nightingales.
The duo will play a series of concerts in Istanbul and Berlin. The first album launch concert will take place at the Borusan Music House in Istanbul, one of the city’s most prestigious concert spaces, on April 3. In Berlin will be two open-air midnight concerts in parks live with nightingales on May 8 and 9, as well as an album launch concert at Sammlung Hoffmann on May 10. The duo will also play at a book launch event on May 22 in Berlin.
“Berlin is probably the best city in Europe to make music live with nightingales, because of its spacious parks and the large number of enthusiastically singing birds. Strangely enough, nighttime nightingale jamming doesn’t seem to be as popular an activity as one might expect, but we have shown that it does actually work. Almost everything one plays to a nightingale will encourage him to sing more. What is it like to play along with a nightingale? It becomes a direct window into the unknown, a touch of communication with a being with whom we cannot speak. The play of pure tones jarring against click and buzz, it all becomes not a code but a groove, an amphitheater of rhythms in which we strive to find a place. David Rothenberg and Korhan Erel went out at midnight to these urban woods last year to jam with these fabulous singing nightingales. David is a clarinetist and writer known for his work with creatures of all kinds. He records on the ECM label and travels the world looking for unusual animal musicians to engage with. Korhan is a Turkish electronic musician now living in Berlin, adept at sampling the birds live in their forest habitat. About half the tunes on the album are live human/nightingale encounters, and the rest are constructions mixing clarinets and electronic mysteries. Even when we are back in the studio the possibility of contacting the musical mind of the nightingale still influenced us. The resulting album, Berlin Bülbül, that’s nightingale in Turkish, is soon to come out.”
Korhan Erel will play two concerts with his two Istanbul-based projects on March 14 at Radialsystem in the New Sounds of Istanbul and Berlin event organized by Borusan Music House (Istanbul) and Radialsystem (Berlin), and curated by Ipek Ipekçioğlu.
The first concert will be with Islak Köpek at 19:00. Islak Köpek is a free improvisation ensemble founded by Korhan Erel 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. The ensemble will be celebrating its 10th anniversary with a first-ever international appearance. Berlin-based cellist Nora Krahl will join Islak Köpek for this concert. Nora is no stranger to new and experimental music scenes in Istanbul and has played several concerts with the members of the ensemble in and outside Turkey.
Şevket Akıncı: guitar, effects
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Giray Gürkal: guitar, effects
Nora Krahl: cello
Robert Reigle: tenor saxophone
The second concert will be a collaboration with Istanbul-based percussion trio sa.ne.na at 23:00. This collaboration was initiated by Korhan Erel and Borusan Music House in 2012 and was performed at the venue in the beginning of 2013 to much acclaim. The group will perform own compositions that bring together new music elements with danceable music as well as a reworked version of Frederic Rzewski’s seminal piece “Coming Together”.
Amy Salsgiver: percussion, composition
Kerem Öktem: percussion, drums, composition
Seçil Kuran: percussion, mallet kat, composition
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers, composition
Islak 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)
Korhan 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
February 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
Following 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
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 korhanerel.com/concerts/upcoming-concerts for details.
I wish everyone a happy, healthy and passionate 2015.
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.
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.”
The 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 +
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