Only With You in Hamburg with Gunnar Lettow

The electronic duo Only With You (Eliad Wagner and Korhan Erel) will play in the Frequenzgänge series at Linker Laden in Hamburg. 20:00. Together with Gunnar Lettow, the curator of the series and member of Lettow/Erel Duo, there will be three duos.

Gunnar Lettow is my oldest friend and collaborator in Germany. Gunnar and I played our first-ever concert in Istanbul in April 2011. Since then, we’ve played many concerts in Germany and released our album “Bad Falling Bostel” in 2014.

Eliad and I met around 2012 in Berlin and over the course of the years built up a solid friendship and starting in 2020, a duo called “Only With You”.

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Solo Concert at New and Newest Music Festival

On May 10, I’m going to present 4 pieces from my 7-piece work-in-progress composition “7 Habits of Highly Miserable People” at New and Newest Music Festival organized by Arter (Istanbul) and curated by Matthias Osterwold. The research and initial compositional phase of this work was supported by Musikfonds Neustart funds in 2022 and the first two pieces were performed at be kind festival in Berlin in October 2022. Click on the festival banner below for more info on my performance.

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Only With You, electronic duo with Eliad Wagner

Eliad Wagner and I have an electronic music duo called Only With You, where we use digital FM synthesis, physical touch controllers, feedback/cybernetic circuitry, analogue modular synthesis, sequencers, delay lines, ring modulators and mixers to explore diverse cultural niches from the oddities of early sci-fi music, contemporary music, and free improvisation to dub and dancefloor styles.. We’ve been rehearsing for a while now and will play our first concert on April 27 at the wonderful science-fiction/fantasy/horror bookshop Otherland (Bergmannstraße 25, 10961) in Kreuzberg. It would be wonderful to have you witness the first outing of Only With You!

Only With You
Eliad Wagner, synthesizer
Korhan Erel, synthesizers

Doors at 20, concert starts at 20:30. Donations welcome. The bookshop will sell drinks.

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The Liz Farewell concert & Ephemeral Fragments at Ausland

The Liz

My trio The Liz with Liz Allbee and Liz Kosack has accomplished her mission of bringing performativity and DIY multidisciplinary work to Berlin’s experimental scene and will go out with a band at Ausland’s Biegungen im Ausland concert series on March 25. The Liz was founded in December 2014 and has created three productions, Book of Birds (2016), Dipper (2019) and No Comet (2021), and toured with these and also as an improvising band in Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Norway and Switzerland.

Liz Allbee, trumpet, electronics
Liz Kosack, synth, voice
Korhan Erel, hydrasynth, samplr

On the same night, another, newer trio of mine, Ephemeral Fragments will also perform. Ephemeral Fragments was initiated by Florian Walter in 2019 and has spent the pandemic period rehearsing, recording and even playing concerts. This period is documented in their debut album mit gefühl (with feeling) that was released on Umland Records in 2022.

Florian Walter, tubax
Emily Wittbrodt, cello
Korhan Erel, hydrasynth, samplr

There will be a small party celebrating The Liz’s 8-year adventure after the concerts. Evening starts around 20:00. Tickets at the door.

Ephemeral Fragments
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A collection of live solo concert recordings on Bandcamp

In late 2022, I started compiling recordings of some solo concerts in an album titled “Live” on Bandcamp. As of this writing, it contains five recordings from concerts in Iran, Austria and Germany and spans a period from 2012 to 2023.

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Experimental Solo at GLASS Series in TRxxxTR

I’m going to play a solo set at TRxxxTR (Oberbaumstraße 11, 10997 Berlin) on January 28 at Gレム丂丂 刀10 curated by Daniela Lunelli aka MUNSHA.

I’m going to use this opportunity to play an improvisation on a recent instrument idea that combines the Hydrasynth, a synthesizer I have been playing since the beginning of 2021, with a small Make Noise modular synth system and a Make Noise Strega synthesizer. This will be my ever first synth-only performance. This may not necessarily make it an amazing performance, of course, as tools are never more relevant than musicianship… so come at your own risk! I’m pretty excited about trying something new on stage.

The other performers of the evening are:
Nephthys Kalakuta aka Margaret Unknown w. GRGUR SAVIC
Roberta Von

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Böseblick at Klub Katarakt Festival

The electronic music ensemble Böseblick will play their first concert of 2023 on January 19 at the Klub Katarakt Festival in Hamburg. The ensemble will play mostly improvised, but will also present some short structured pieces in their performance.

Böseblick are:

Alessandra Eramo, voice, tapes, effects
Korhan Erel, electronics
Ariel Orah, electronic
Kirsten Reese, laptop, objects

Böseblick was initiated by me in August 2021, when Sowieso invited me to organize a concert. Being a bit bored of seeing the same groups consisting of the same people in the improvised music scene in Berlin, I decided to bring together a group of musicians that had almost no connections to that scene. The result was a big success and we decided to continue as a band. Our name is a misspelled version of the German phrase for “evil eye” and comes from our vain attempts at making a band photo after our Sowieso concerts. Although the musicians were initially brought together by me, the group is completely non-hierarchical and I am nothing more than a member.

Böseblick was funded in 2022 by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin. This allowed them to rehearse regularly and present the results at a concert at KM28 in March 2022. Below are some excerpts from that concert.

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Concerts and Performances in November and December

I will play in three events in the remainder of 2022.

The first concert is with the electronic music ensemble Böseblick on November 20 at Berlin School of Sound. We will spend the earlier part of that day rehearsing some concepts and will present the results in an open rehearsal format, which will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The second event, which is also my last appearance in Berlin until March 2023, is a performance with my new partner-in-crime, butoh dancer Min Yoon on November 24. The evening is titled “unhierarchically” and will be one of structured and improvised movements, relations, and experimental music including duos and other constellations. The evening start at 18:30 (doors open) will have the following line-up and the order of performances:

Tsuki Berghain (dance) & Eliad Wagner (modular synth)
Ingo Reulecke (dance) & Wieland Möller (drums)
Min Yoon (butoh dance) & Korhan Erel (electronics)

The last concert of 2022 will be at an evening on December 1 of two solos and a duo with the vocalist/performer extraordinaire Marcelo Lucatelli (voice) and Korhan Erel (electronics) in the concert series Musikclub curated by Mariá Portugal at Lokal Harmonie in Duisburg.

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Concerts in Bielefeld and Berlin in October

I’ll be playing two concerts this month. Less is more, they say. They’re not always right, but still…. 🙂

The first concert is on October 8 with Ephemeral Fragments (Florian Walter, tubax; Emily Wittbrodt, cello; Korhan Erel; electronics) at Bunker Ulmenwall in Bielefeld. You will also have the chance to purchase our debut LP “mit gefühl” at this concert. The other trio on the bill is Der Dritte Stand with Matthias Müller on trombone, Matthias Bauer on double bass and Rudi Fischerlehner on drums and percussion.

Ephemeral Fragments will also play at Ausland in Berlin and Black Box in Münster in 2023. Check this page for details.

I’ll be focusing more on composing and playing solo concerts in the next few years. My first solo concert in this endeavor will be on October 14 at the be kind festival at Cafe Babette at KINDL – Center for Contemporary Art in Berlin. I will be playing some new and old compositions in this concert. The other band on the bill are Ulrike Haage on piano and Susanne Stock on accordion. Please check out the festival program for other evenings (October 13, 15, 16) for more exciting music. Each ticket includes delicious vegan food! Please come and support me in this new step in my musical adventures! I’m scared, but also excited about returning to playing more solo concerts!

Speaking of composing… my piece Soundtracking (2021), commissioned by Lange//Berweck//Lorenz, a trio for live electroacoustic music, was performed twice in September in Berlin (KONTAKTE ’22 Festival) and Zürich (Kunstraum Walcheturm). You can watch a video of the piece performed by the trio below. There will be another collaboration with them in 2023.

Langr//Berweck//Lorenz performing Soundtracking by Korhan Erel

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My piece “Soundtracking” at KONTAKTE ’22

Ten years ago, I spent several hours sitting in a room with Alvin Lucier as students at New England Conservatory performed some of his pieces. Ten years after, my first-ever piece written for an ensemble, Soundtracking, will be on the same program as his piece Risonanza at the KONTAKTE ’22 Festival at Akademie der Künste, all thanks to the electroacoustic music trio Lange//Berweck//Lorenz, who also commissioned the piece from me. I will also have the pleasure of having my piece performed alongside works by two other fantastic composers, Kirsten Reese, who is also my bandmate in the electronic music ensemble Böseblick, as well as Midori Hirano, whom I had the pleasure of sharing the stage at the 2020 edition of the Heroines of Sound Festival in Berlin.

Official info below:

KONTAKTE ’22 x Lange//Berweck//Lorenz

On Friday, 23 September at 6 pm, the Berlin-based electro-acoustic trio Lange//Berweck//Lorenz will perform works by Kirsten Reese, Midori Hirano, Korhan Erel and Alvin Lucier for synthesizer trio, some on historical synthesizers belonging to the Akademie der Künste. The trio will also perform “HARK 1b” together with Christoph Ogiermann, an attempt at live adaptation of electroacoustic projects.

Silke Lange, Sebastian Berweck and Martin Lorenz perform on stage with a laboratory of analogue and digital synthesizers and machines; live performance on the instruments is supplemented by video and light design.

Lange//Berweck//Lorenz © Simon Detel/Deutschlandfunk Kultur

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