Two concerts with Bob Ostertag and Tolga Tüzün in Istanbul

Bob Ostertag

Tolga Tüzün and Korhan Erel host the legendary San Francisco-based composer, performer and instrument builder Bob Ostertag for a series of talks, workshops and masterclasses, as well as for a recording session with him. Korhan and Tolga will record with Bob at the Bilgi University Recording Studio on March 4 at 7.00pm. This recording session will be open to public.

Ostertag, Tüzün and Erel are going to play a concert at Kadıköy’s Dunia on April 8 at 9pm.

Bob Ostertag has published 21 CDs of music, two movies, two DVDs, and three books. His writings on contemporary politics have been published on every continent and in many languages. Electronic instruments of his own design are at the cutting edge of both music and video performance technology. He has performed at music, film, and multi-media festivals around the globe. His radically diverse collaborators include the Kronos Quartet, avant garder John Zorn, heavy metal star Mike Patton, jazz great Anthony Braxton, dyke punk rocker Lynn Breedlove, drag diva Justin Bond, Quebecois film maker Pierre Hébert, and others. He is rumored to have connections to the shadowy media guerrilla group The Yes Men. In March 2006 Ostertag made all of his recordings to which he owns the rights available as free digital downloads under a Creative Commons license. He is currently Professor of Technocultural Studies and Music at the University of California at Davis.

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Ağıryürüyen, Erel, Kaya, Öktem, Yıldız at Bahane Lounge

St. Petersburg WallKorhan Erel will play an improvised set with Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice), Erçin Kaya (keyboards), Kerem Öktem (drums) and Çağlayan Yıldız (elec. guitar, effects) at Bahane Lounge, one of the new venues for good music in Kadıköy, Istanbul’s cool district on the Asian side. Music starts at 9.30pm

Bahane Lounge event page | Facebook event page

Bahane Lounge is at Caferağa Mah. Miralay Nazım Sokak No:20, Kadıköy



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Başak Yavuz Quintet feat. Frank Gratkowski

MART-POSTER32Korhan Erel has been a part of Başak Yavuz‘s jazz quintet for a while now, playing with them on and off in Istanbul. Following their concert at Cafe Mitanni last month, the quintet will play a show on March 15 featuring Berlin-based reed player Frank Gratkowski at Nazım Hikmet Kültür Merkezi in Kadıköy, İstanbul. The concert will feature compositions from Yavuz’s album Things as well as some jazz standards and freely improvised sections. Music will start at 8.30pm and tickets can be bought at the venue, which is in a beautiful building located in one of the nicest areas of Istanbul’s Asian part.


Başak Yavuz: vocals, kalimba, shruti box
Frank Gratkowski: saxophones, clarinets
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Adem Gülşen: piano
Alper Yılmaz: electric bass
Erdem Göymen: drums

Link to event page on venue website

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Frank Gratkowski, Tolga Tüzün, Korhan Erel at Bilgi University, Istanbul

Frank Gratkowski
Berlin-based reed player and composer Frank Gratkowski will have a week-long residency at Bilgi University for a series of lectures and workshops between March 10 through March 14. He will also play and record with Bilgi University Music Department Head, pianist and composer Tolga Tüzün and Korhan Erel, who were both instrumental in bringing Gratkowski to Istanbul. The concert will be recorded live and will take place at the recording studio at Bilgi University Music Department on their SantralIstanbul location in Istanbul at 7.00pm. The concert is free for all audiences, but space is limited in the studio and latecomers will not be admitted.

SantralIstanbul can be reached with a 20-minute ride by free shuttles from central locations in Istanbul. Please click here for shuttle times and locations.



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Noise Trio / oFFF at Gitar Cafe, Istanbul


illustration: Ece Karagüllü

Two new projects of Korhan Erel and Şevket Akıncı are going to play on the same night at Gitar Cafe on February 18. The first one is a trio by Korhan Erel, Giray Gürkal and Şevket Akıncı, all members of Islak Köpek and IstanPOOL, exploring noise music from a free improvisation perspective using analog and digital electronics.

The second one is a brand new formation called oFFF with young talents Derya Günaydın (texts, spoken word), Gözde Oktar (violin) joining forces with Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) and Şevket Akıncı. oFFF plays composed and structured pieces that feature spoken word, with occasional improvisations.

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Das Goldene Voxtrottquartet: Claudia Cervenca, Irene Kepl, Stefan Fraunberger, Korhan Erel

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Stefan Fraunberger, Korhan Erel, Claudia Cervenca

Korhan Erel will play a freely improvised set with Vienna-based musicians Claudia Cervenca (voice, electronics), Irene Kepl (violin, electronics) and Stefan Fraunberger (dulcimer, objects) at mo.ë in Vienna on February 7, 2014. The concert will also feature culture-bending and gender-bending costumes.

Claudia Cervenca is not interested in “singing”, but tries to find new forms of vocal expression in free improvisation and experimental music to achieve a means of “painting” with vocal elements: patterns of sound, colors and noises evolving towards spoken word, instant poetry or song improvisations, melting all together into a „language of expression“ she calls Extended Voice Performance.

Irene Kepl

Irene Kepl

Irene Kepl is a award-winning violinist and composer active in new music, free improvisation, composition and jazz, as well as collaborations in film, theater and dance. She is the founder of the Violet Spin string quartet, which plays groove and new music.

Stefan Fraunberger describes himself as a Vienna-based exponent of humanity working with the drama of states, with the intended task is of encountering fields of perception in a sense of differentiating noise, relations, rhythm and space, complemented by studies in experimental electronic music, philosophy, arabic language and islamic sciences in theory and practice.

The concert will start at 20.30. Mo.ë is at Thelemangasse 4/1-3 1170, Vienna.

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Improvisation Ensemble in the KlangZeit Festival, Münster

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Korhan Erel will play in the Improviser Ensemble in the KlangZeit Festival in Münster on February 1, 2014. The ensemble of selected improvisers from Germany, Israel, Turkey and Lebanon will play a concert following a three-day workshop. The performances will take place at the Franz-Hitze-Haus in Münster at 19.30.

Hier findet man info auf Deutsch: KlangZeit Improviser Ensemble

Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet
Yoni Silver: bass clarinet
Ariel Shibolet: soprano saxophone
Amy Salsgiver: percussion
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Gunda Gottschalk: violin
Carl Ludwig Hübsch: tuba
Philip Zoubek: piano
Erhard Hirt: guitar

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Two concerts with Matthias Muche / Sven Hahne and guests

Korhan will play with Matthias Muche (trombone) and Sven Hahne (electronics) in Cologne on Jan 26 and in Duisburg on Jan 28. These concerts are warm-up performances for a larger collaboration to take place in the Frischzelle Festival, organized and curated by Matthias and Sven, in September 2014. Drummer Etienne Nillesen will join the three musicians at Loft in Cologne, while cellist Nora Krahl (also a part of the Frischzelle project) will play at Djäzz in Duisburg.

Sunday, January 26 at Loft, Cologne: Matthias Muche (trombone), Sven Hahne (electronics), Etienne Nillesen (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) – 20:30

Tuesday, January 28 at Djäzz, Duisburg: Matthias Muche (trombone), Sven Hahne (electronics), Nora Krahl (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) – 20:00

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Duo with Nicolas Wiese at Quiet Cue, Berlin (Jan 25)

131-quietcueNicolas Wiese and Korhan Erel will start their collaboration with a first-time meeting at QUIET CUE #131 on Saturday, January 25. The duo will create and diffuse digital and analog-feedback based textures, sounds and narratives in a quadraphonic sound field. Korhan will play computer, controllers, digital sound diffusion and Nicolas will be on the mixer, samples and analog sound diffusion. This will be Korhan’s second appearance at Quiet Cue after his concert there in November 2012 with Gunnar Lettow and Gülşah Erol.

QUIET CUE #131 will also feature other exciting duos and trios by wonderful musicians:

Brad Henkel (NYC) trumpet
Miako Klein (Berlin) recorder


Margarete Huber (Berlin) soprano, keyboard, cd
Andreas Gogol (Berlin) modified guitar (el/ac.)
Matthias Pohl (Bielefeld) analogue electronics

Music starts at 20.15. QUIET CUE is on Flughafenstr. 38, Neukölnn, Berlin.

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Lettow / Erel plays in Klub Katarakt Festival, Hamburg


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After two concerts in Berlin with Pivot (Liz Allbee and Chris Heenan) and Audrey Chen, Lettow / Erel end their three-concert series in Germany with an appearance in the Klub Katarakt Festival in Hamburg on January 18. The concert will be a part of the Long Night in the last day of the festival. The Long Night starts at Please check the Klub Katarakt website for more information.

Gunnar Lettow plays prepared electric bass, objects and electronics. 

Korhan Erel plays computer and controllers



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