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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Improvised Krautrock: Seidel, Kürvers, Erel

The soon-to-be-cult improvised krautrock trio of Wolfgang Seidel (drums), Klaus Kürvers (double bass) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) had their debut concert at  Berlin’s Echo Buecher on December 7, 2014. Exactly five months after that appearance, they will play at Miss Hecker on May 1, 2015.

Their music entails freely improvised sections as well as groovy rocky/jazzy sections, and a lot of interplay between acoustic and electronic sounds.

Miss Hecker’s address cannot be published openly so please send Korhan Erel an email for it. Doors open at 20.00 and show starts at 20.30. Entrance is free but donations are highly encouraged.

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Schubert, Vural, Fischerlehner, Erel at Miss Hecker – April 26

An evening of improvisation at Berlin’s cult venue Miss Hecker with Frank Paul Schubert, Uygur Vural and Rudi Fischerlehner on Sunday, April 26. Music starts at 20.30.

Korhan Erel and Uygur Vural are both players in the Istanbul free improvisation scene. Their first concert together in Berlin was again at Miss Hecker.

Rudi Fischerlehner and Frank Paul Schubert have a duo together and share studio space.

Korhan and Frank were at the same New Year’s Eve party in 2015 and bellydanced to Turkish gypsy music together.

Rudi and Korhan do a lot of sessions together and have recently lauched an audiovisual project.

Uygur hasn’t met Rudi or Frank yet, but they’re all nice people and they’ll definitely like each other.

For those who care for nationalities for demographic, orientalistic or exotic reasons, Frank Paul Schubert is from Germany. Rudi Fischerlehner is Austrian. Korhan and Uygur are from Turkey. But this has nothing to do with the music, so don’t worry much about it. Miss Hecker is a Germanojapanese venue. Totally irrelevant piece of information. What’s really, really important is that they have very good whiskey and the place has a wonderful vibe.

Frank Paul Schubert, saxophones
Uygur Vural, cello
Rudi Fischerlehner, drums
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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Martin Blume – Luc Houtkamp – Korhan Erel at exploratorium berlin

k_blume-erel-houtkamp2-e1425725730864I am very much honored to be invited to play with Martin Blume (drums) and Luc Houtkamp (saxophone) at Berlin’s fine improvised music venue exploratorium on April 19. The concert will start at 20.00. Please find more info here

Martin and Korhan played together once in 2011 at Kunstmuseum Bochum as a part of the Soundtrips concerts series in North Rhine-Westfalia in Germany.

I send my warmest greetings and wishes for speedy recovery to the wonderful improviser and guitarist John Russell, who I will be replacing in the concert due to a an operation he’s recently had.

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Wegmann, Dörner, Megroz, Erel at Atelier Pia Maria, Biel

The new quartet initiated by Swiss pianist korhan-doerner-wegmann-megrozJudith Wegmann featuring Axel Dörner on trumpet, Julien Megroz on percussion, and Korhan Erel on computer and controllers will play their Swiss debut in the Montagsumsieben concert series at Atelier Pia Maria in Biel on Monday, April 6. This quartet have already played two concerts in Berlin at Sowieso on February 5 and Ausland on February 8, 2015.

Atelier Pia Maria, 19:00
Judith Wegmann, piano
Axel Dörner, trumpet
Julien Megroz, percussion
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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PledgeMusic crowdsourcing campaign for Berlin Bülbül

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: Click here for more information about the Berlin Bülbül project

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Album release: Berlin Bülbül – David Rothenberg and Korhan Erel

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 David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel - Berlin BülbülIstanbul 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.”

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Two concerts in the New Sounds of Berlin and Istanbul at Radialsystem

New Sounds of Istanbul and BerlinKorhan 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 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

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Islak Köpek’s 10th Anniversary Concerts in Istanbul and Berlin

ALI_3954Islak 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)

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