November Concerts in Berlin, Istanbul, Klagenfurt

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The Liz – Book of Birds

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in Berlin, and one concert each in Istanbul and Klagenfurt in November.

On November 2 and 3, cellist Anıl Eraslan and Korhan are organizing a two-nights-in-a-row at Sowieso, where they will bring together their improviser friends from Berlin, Tel Aviv and Istanbul together. The personnel for the two nights will be as follows:
02.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Anaïs Tuerlinckx (piano), Uygur Vural (cello)
 
03.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Amélie Legrand (cello), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Marie Takahashi (viola), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Mikail Yakut (accordion)

 

On November 13, Korhan Erel will be improvising in the project Radio Vostok-2 with Igor Titenko, Sergey Letov, Vladimir Kitlyar, Roland Fidezius, Lorena Izquierdo Aparicio, Sofia Borges, Marcello S. Busato, Shasta Ellenbogen at Kühlspot Social Club (Lehderstr. 74-79).
Signaling a strong come-back by The Liz, Korhan is taking this power trio and their piece “Book of Birds” to Istanbul on November 16. The performance will be at Borusan Music House, one of the leading venues in Turkey for contemporary music. They have been supporting various projects by Korhan since 2011, including concerts with Islak Köpek, David Rothenberg, Cyminology and others.
On the last day of the month, Korhan will play  a solo set at the New Adits Festival in Klagenfurt, thanks to the great pianist and singer Ingrid Schmoliner, who is also the curator of the event.  Some other well-known Berliners will also be performing there.
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October 2018

Korhan Erel is going to perform in three quite diverse events this month.

The first concert is with the Klub Demboh formation at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit. Korhan had already performed with a smaller formation at Neu West Berlin (possibly the last ever concert in that space) in 2017. Klub Demboh series is the brainchild of bassist/composer Joel Grip. On Monday, October 8, the following formation will improvise (alphabetical order):

Axel Dörner, trumpet
Mia Dyberg, saxophone
Korhan Erel, electronics
Joel Grip, bass
Tristan Honsinger, cello
Jan Leipnitz, drums
Andreas Röysum, clarinet

Petersburg Art Space is here

On October 12, Korhan is going to perform his/her/its lecture sound performance “Stone Paper Scissors” at Laura Mello’s album launch event organized by Corvo Records in West Germany on Kottbusser Tor, Berlin. The piece is a text written about the ancient game and focuses on decision making, personification of the three objects, the history of the game and its current day echoes. The sound part are recordings made or found by Korhan Erel. This piece had its debut in May 2018 at the IrrZone performance evening curated and organized by Steffi Weissman and Özgür Erkök Moroder, and was once more performed in the Raki Prinzip talk and performance series at bi’bak in Wedding, Berlin.

West Germany is here. Entrance from the door right next to Effendi Optik.

On October 13, Korhan will play techno as Ayşegül at Pornceptual at Alte Münze. This will be Ayşegül’s fourth appearance in Berlin. Previously she had played at Suicide Circus, IPA Bar, Zur Wilden Renate and DAT Fest 2018.

Alte Münze is here.

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Concerts in August

In August, Korhan Erel will play two solos in Berlin.

The first one will be on August 15 in the Experimentik series curated by Seiji Morimoto at Nord Tik in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district. The other musician on the bill will be Giovanni Verga on electroacoustics.

The second concert will be in the Flux Festival, a tour-de-force of Berlin’s experimental electronic and electroacoustic scene, where 29 musicians will perform solo concerts over the course of the week of August 13 in Spektrum. Korhan will play a structured improvisation on a quadraphonic sound system in the last evening on August 19

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Concerts, Performances, Talks in May

A busy May awaits Korhan Erel, with concerts, performances and a panel discussion in several cities in Germany.

The first event is the premiere of Korhan’s lecture sound performance stone paper scissors to be presented as a part of Irrzone, an event organized and curated by Steffi Weismann and Özgür Erkök Moroder with funding from Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg District Culture Funds and Project Support. The piece is a text written and performed by Korhan on the hand gesture game rock paper scissors, which is also augmented with recordings made by Korhan. Other performers on the bill are Steffi Weismann & Özgür Erkök Moroder, Anaïs Héraud-Louisadat and Katie Lee Dunbar. The event is on May 4 at Aquarium, a venue run by Südblock Berlin. Entrance is by donation.

The second concert of the month is this year’s episode of playing with clarinettist, naturalist-philospher David Rothenberg and Berlin’s nightingales on May 8. The venue will be clear after inital wanderings in Berlin’s parks and open air spaces, looking for the best spot with the most talented nightingale. Please follow Korhan Erel’s Facebook page for the venue. This concert will be a midnight concert, as nightingales are more active at night (hence the name).

Korhan will play in cellist Anıl Eraslan’s Dream Works Ensemble at Sowieso on May 10. The project is based on improvised and structured music performances based on the dreams of the performers.

On May 12, Korhan will play his quadraphonic piece “üçgen dörtgen” at ZKM Karlsruhe as an opener for Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak.

Korhan’s duo with Hamburg-based prepared bass player Gunnar Lettow is in its 7th year. The duo will play three concerts in May:

May 16 / Kulturpalast Linden
May 18 / frequenzgänge concert series in Hamburg
May 27 / in the Creative Sources Festival at Kühlspot Social Club in Berlin

Immediately after Hamburg, Korhan will speak at Moers Festival on May 19 on the panel on economics of experimental music and its valuation, together with Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin), Shane Burmania (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam), Dr. Christian Esch (Kultursekretariat NRW). The panel will start at 13:00 and will be moderated by Dr. Franco Zotta (journalis, Cologne) and Thomas Janzen (arts researcher, Krefeld).

List of concerts in May:

May 4 / A solo performance as a part of IrrZone, a project curated by Steffi Weissmann and Özgür Erkök Moroder at Aquarium, Berlin.

May 8 / Berlin Bülbül concert with David Rothenberg (clarinet), Volker Lankow (percussion) and nightingales at a Berlin park to be confirmed. Midnight, open air concert

May 10 / Dream Works Ensemble curated by cellist Anıl Eraslan at Sowieso, Berlin

May 12 / Playing “üçgen dörtgen” to open for the performance by Robert Lippok and Kaan Bulak at ZKM – Zentrum für Kunst und Medien Karlsruhe

May 16 / Lettow / Erel Duo at Kulturpalast Linden, Linden, Germany

May 18 / Lettow / Erel Duo at Linker Laden, Hamburg, Germany

May 19 / Panelist with Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin), Shane Burmania (Muziekgebouw Amsterdam), Dr. Christian Esch (Kultursekretariat NRW) on economics and valuation of experimental music in the Moers Festival

May 27 / Lettow / Erel plays at the Creative Sources Festival at Kühlspot Social Club in Berlin

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Divan der Kontinente Orchestra at Heimathafen

Korhan Erel will be playing in the Divan der Kontinente orchestra on April 15 and 16 at Heimathafen. Divan is a multicultural and multinational contemporary music orchestra with musicians who come from classical, folk, jazz and experimental backgrounds. It plays pieces and improvisations, and the line between the two are usually blurred. The orchestra is led by composer/singer Cymin Samawatie and composer/drummer Ketan Bhatti.

The orchestra will perform with the following musicians on April 15 and 16:

Cymin Samawatie – voice
Liz Allbee – trumpet
Martin Stegner – viola
Korhan Erel – electronics
Susanne Fröhlich – bass recorder
Anıl Eraslan – cello
Mohamad Fityan – kawal and nay
Hilary Jeffery – trombone
Mahan Mirarab – oud and guitar
Niko Meinhold – piano
Naoko Kikuchi – koto
Taiko Saito – vibraphone and marimbaphone
Milian Vogel – bass clarinet and electronics
Bassem Alkhouri – kanun
Ralf Schwarz – double bass
Ketan Bhatti – drums

Here are some useful links:

http://www.divanderkontinente.de/#home

https://www.heimathafen-neukoelln.de/spielplan?url=Modara

TICKETS: https://www.reservix.de/tickets-modara-divan-der-kontinente-in-berlin-heimathafen-neukoelln-saal-am-15-4-2018/e1182917

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Two new albums, concerts in Munich

SET2_webIn July 2016, Korhan was invited by reeds player Udo Schindler to play in his Arch Musica series in Munich. The first concert was with the trio with trombonist Sebi Tramontana, while the second one was a duo with Udo in the Salon für Klang&Kunst series. Both concerts were recorded and have been recently released as two albums. The trio concert with Schindler/Erel/Tramontana was released on FMR Records under the name Sound Energy Transformation – 10 bagatelles for electronic & winds”, and the duo was released under the name leben|nebel on Creative Sources.

These two albums will be officially launched with concerts in Munich. The S.E.T. Trio will play at Koesk München on February 8. The duo concert will take place at the Salon for Klang&Kunst on February 9 (please contact me for the address).

 

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Two Duos: Lotz/Erel and Babikyan/Erel

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Korhan Erel (sleeping) and Mark Alban Lotz (staying cool) on a subway train in Istanbul

On February 1st, Korhan’s long-time duo with flutist Mark Alban Lotz will resurface at Berlin’s WATT Bar in Prenzlauerberg. The two musicians have met in 2010 and have played in duo as well as playing and recording with Korhan’s Istanbul ensemble Islak Köpek since then in Turkey, the Netherlands and Germany.  The album “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th” was recorded in Istanbul in 2010 and was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011, with an album launch concert at Borusan Music House in Istanbul.

Another duo, this time with dancer Lerna Babikyan, will resume its activities in the soundance sessions curated by Jenny Haack at Dock 11 as a prequel to soundance festival in June 2018. Lerna and Korhan will present their structured improvisation “in-spheres” on Februrary 4 at Dock 11. The whole event will start on Feb 1 and go until Sunday, February 4 with a rich, diverse program of dance and music encounters. Lerna and Korhan will also perform at the actual festival in Summer 2018.

Lerna and Korhan have met in their native Istanbul in 2009 and collaborated on several projects over the course of the years. They were re-united when Lerna relocated to Berlin.

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Lerna Babikyan and Korhan Erel (photo by Peter Tümmers)

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Sound performance at Zilberman Gallery

8rz7-memed-web-upcomingOn the occasion of Memed Erdener’s exhibition BEAUTY OF BIGOTRY and his residency at Zilberman Gallery–Berlin, Korhan will be playing a sound performance at the closing event, where there will also be a exhibition tour and a conversation between curator and art critic Eva Scharrer, writer and performance artist Göksu Kunak and artist Memed Erdener. The event will start at 18:00 and end with an open studio with Memed Erdener around 21:00.

Zilberman Gallery was founded in Istanbul in 2008. Its aim is twofold: to promote contemporary artists from Turkey internationally and to introduce international artists to the local art scene. Zilberman Gallery stages 10-12 exhibitions in a year at its main gallery space and project space. The gallery occupies two separate floors of Mısır Apartment, one of the most famous examples of art nouveau architecture in Istanbul, designed in 1910 by Ottoman Armenian architect Hovsep Aznavur.

In 2016, Zilberman Gallery opened its new Berlin space contains both a gallery and an artist-in-residency program. Zilberman Gallery Berlin is located in a turn-of-the-century building in Berlin’s Charlottenburg neighborhood. Originally home to one of the first galleries for modern art, more than a hundred years ago, it is today again home to some of the most exciting contemporary art galleries in Berlin.

http://www.zilbermangallery.com/talk-beautyofbigotry.htm

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Concerts in December

Korhan Erel will have relatively less concerts in December compared to November, but will nevertheless play some really exciting ones.

The first two concerts in December are with guitarist Eric Wong. Eric and Korhan had played several times in 2016 in Berlin and Cologne, and had organized/curated the UnStumm Hong Kong event together with Nicola Hein in November 2016. Eric and Korhan will play their first concert on December 3 with trumpet player Brad Henkel in the Noiseberg concert series at Atelier Äuglein. The concert will start at 17.00 and there will be many more acts in the lineup. The second concert, this time in duo, will be in the Experimontag series at Madame Claude the following day, December 4.

On December 5, Korhan will play in the Urban Acoustic Tribe series curated by Bettina Wackernagel and supported by initiative neue musik berlin e.V. Korhan will first play his solo piece “Mahreç” and then play in duo with Cymin Samawatie (voice, percussion), where they will improvise along poetry from Iran, Turkey and elsewhere. The other two performers in the program are Erik Drescher (flute) and Alexandre Babel (percussion). They will play pieces from various composers including Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Mio Chareteau and John Cage. Please visit this link for more information on the concert.

On December 6, Korhan will play as Ayşegül her live techno act at IPA Bar in the Freaksdorf series curated by Regis Lemberthe, where she will mix beats, ambient sounds, field recordings and dubby sounds in one pot of music for an hour. The other acts of the evening are Kakaliagou / Tödtloff Duo and Otolitos. -> Facebook Event

On December 9, Cymin Samawatie (voice) invites five musicians to her Music Lounge series at Galerie Kremers: Liz Allbee (trumpet), Taiko Saito (vibraphone), Korhan Erel (live sound processing), Uygur Vural (cello), Ralf Schwarz (double bass). This concert will also serve as an open rehearsal for the concert in Baku on December 13

On December 13 and 14, Korhan Erel will play two concerts in the Silk Road Festival in Baku. The first concert on the 13th will be with the small acoustic improvising ensemble Divan Acoustic, where Korhan will process the music live while walking among the players. The concert on the 14th will be in the Divan der Kontinente Orchestra led by Cymin Samawatie.

“Divan Acoustic” is Cymin Samawatie (voice), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Taika Saito (vibraphone), Uygur Vural (cello), Ralf Schwarz (double bass), Korhan Erel (live sound processing)

“Divan der Kontinente” is Cymin Samawatie (voice), Ralf Schwarz (double bass), Milian Vogel (bass clarinet), Tilmann Dehnhard( flutes), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Mohamad Fityan (nay, kawala), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Korhan Erel (electronics), Taiko Saito (marimbaphone), Niko Meinhold (guzheng, piano), Mona Matbou Riahi (clarinet), Uygur Vural (cello), Florian Keupp (sound engineer)

The last concert of 2017 will be with the Gießen Improvisers Pool on December 16 with Peter Geisselbrecht (piano), Frank Rühl (guitar), Georg Wolf (double bass), Nils Hartwig (clarinet), Michael Griener (drums), Korhan Erel (electronics) at Georg-Büchner-Saal/Alte UB, Gießen.

Korhan will have only one concert in January, again at Madame Claude, this time playing with cellist Anıl Eraslan on January 8.

 

 

 

 

 

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Concerts in November

20170430-_KWA8186Korhan is going to play concerts in November that feature a diverse spectrum of genres.

In the first concert of the month, Korhan is going to play in an improvising orchestra conducted by pianist/drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey in the JazzFest Berlin on November 5. The orchestra features western and eastern instruments and two electronics players: Adam Pultz Melbye, double bass / Alex Nowitz, voice / Alireza Mehdizadeh, kamancheh / Anaïs Tuerlinckx, piano / Anke Lucks, trombone / Biliana Voutchkova, violin / Colin Hacklander, drums, percussion / Els Vandeweyer, vibraphone, percussion / Farahnaz Hatam electronics / Grégoire Simon, viola / Hannes Lingens, accordion / Julia Reidy, guitars / Kathrin Pechlof, harp / Korhan Erel, electronics / Niko Meinhold , guzheng / Nikolaus Neuser , trumpet / Orlando De Boeykens , tuba / Ravi Srinivasan, table, ghatam, percussion / Uli Kempendorff, saxophone, clarinet / Ulrike Brand, cello

The second concert will be on November 6 at Neu West Berlin with Mia Dyberg (saxophone), Axel Dörner (trumpet) and Joel Grip (bass). It will be Korhan’s first-ever performance with Mia and Joel.

The third concert will be at REH on November 8 with the trio VollMund, where Korhan plays and talks about food with Edith Steyer (reeds) and Adrian Krok (drums). Edith, Adrian and Korhan have been rehearsing for developing musican and thematic ideas, and have arrived at a common dynamic musical language that also includes stories about food and eating that are made up on the spot.

The fourth concert will be a private event where Korhan will improvise with Hüseyin Evirgen (piano). Please send an email if you’d like to be at this concert on November 9.

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On November 15, Korhan is going to improvise with voice improvisor and sound artist Rahel Kraft at Z-Bar as an opening act for pianist/composer Mikkel Almholt’s rather unique project Ghost, Flute & Dice. Rahel uses electronics and sensors attached to her arms to manipulate her voice. Please lend an ear to Harscht!, a recording by Rahel and Korhan. that was featured on the compliation Utterances by Linear Obsessional.

A first-ever concert at the jazz club Aufsturz on November 17 will be with reeds player Florian Walter and drummer Simon Camatta. Florian and Korhan have musically met recently and have played a concert in Essen last month. Simon and Korhan had played for the first and last time during Korhan’s Sound Trips NRW tour in November 2012.

Golden Dark (Elo Masing, David Hull)

Korhan is going to play drum machine on some tunes on November 18 with the GoldenDark, an experimental rock-pop duo with Elo Masing on violin, looper and David Hull on guitar,  effects and vocals. The concert is at Watt Bar in Prenzlauer Berg.

November 19 is a reunion with cellist Hannah Marshall and flautist Sabine Vogel at Spektrum. Korhan met Hannah at the HumaNoise Congress #28 in Wiesbaden in 2016, where they played improvised music for three days with eight other musicians, which resulted in the album Tutti released on Creative Sources. Korhan and Sabine have already played twice in Berlin and have been rehearsing on developing ideas. Hannah and Sabine have also played several times in the past. A re-union and re-visit of new and old musical intimacies.

17_2_K-Doerner-Erel-Megroz-WegmannOn November 26, Korhan returns to exploratorium after 2 years. He will play with the Judith Wegmann quartet featuring Judith Wegmann on prepared piano, Axel Dörner on trumpet, Julien Megroz on percussion and Korhan on electronics. The quartet had to take a hiatus after playing several concerts in Berlin and Biel in 2015.

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