Concerts and exhibition in January 2015

cropped-ozl_5929.jpgFollowing 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

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Winter break

The Liz

The Liz: Liz Allbee, Liz Erel, Liz Kosack @ Salon Tippel. Photo by Dan Peter Sundland

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 for details.

I wish everyone a happy, healthy and passionate 2015.

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Concerts in December

Ute WassermannBiliana Voutchkova 02 Korhan Erel - sitting, in front of set up, yellow pullover, looking sceptical, Stuttgart - photo by Gunnar LettowMeinrad Kneer

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.

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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.”

5eyesThe 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 +

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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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