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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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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