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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Duo with Anaïs Tuerlinckx at Sowieso and solo at Sentimental Punk


I’m going to play a long-awaited duo with Anaïs Tuerlinckx at Sowieso on Friday, September 9. Anaïs and I had met while we were both playing in the improvising orchestra at JazzFest Berlin in 2017, and became fast friends and collaborators. However, we have never really managed to perform in a proper duo setting until now (apart from our rehearsals). This will change on Friday! Anaïs will also play in duo with Andrea Ermke on minidiscs.

1st Duo
Anaïs Tuerlinckx (string box)
Korhan Erel (Hydrasynth)

2nd Duo
Anaïs Tuerlinckx (string box)
Andrea Ermke (minidiscs)


On Saturday, September 10, I will have the pleasure of playing at Sentimental Punk, one of my favorite series in Berlin. Sentimental Punk is the brainchild of film academic/nerd/cinematographer Dafna Narvaez Berlfein and takes place at Kotti Shop, Berlin. Dafna curates a fine selection of experimental short films by female filmmakers and invites musicians to propose live soundtracks to these. Each night has two musicians/bands playing to the same selection, which allows the audience to experience the same film selection with entirely different soundtracks.

1st Set
Korhan Erel (tapes, samples, effects)

2nd Set
Caroline Cecillia Tallone (electroacoustic hurdy gurdy, amplified objects, voice)
Uygur Vural (cello).

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September Concerts

On September 1, I’ll be playing the BUMMM! (Being Unique Makes Meaningful Music!) session for FLINTA musicians with Clemènce Manachère (flute), Laura Robles (bass) and Mariá Portugal (drums) at Rotbart, Berlin. This is a real jam session format, where the four musicians will open the evening with a 30 minute rehearsed set, which will be followed by a jam session with us included. So, if you feel like playing, bring your instrument. I assume there won’t be much time for setting up complicated performance setups, so be simple.

On September 10, I’ll propose soundtracks to experimental films by female filmmakers compiled by Dafne Narvaez Berlfein at Sentimental Punk, which is one of my favorite events in Berlin. The other player of the evening is Caroline Cecilia Tallone // K Lì on Hurdy Gurdy and electronics. The venue is Kotti Shop in Kreuzberg.

On September 16, I’ll play a solo set at Trixter in Berlin. Other bands playing the same night are Marina Cyrino/Matthias Koole, who are also the organizers/curators of the evening, and Music Penis Confusion, which is a duo with Seth Zhan and Damian J.

On September 23, electroacustic trio Lange//Berweck//Lorenz will perform my piece “Soundtracking” at the KONTAKTE ’22 Festival at Akademie der Künste in Berlin. The trio commissioned the piece in 2021 and has performed it all over Germany in the last two years.  “Soundtracking” is my first-ever commission. Here’s the video of the trio perfoming it:

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The Liz at Festival CHIII in São Paulo

The Liz is going to play and lead a workshop at Festival CHIII in São Paulo between July 9-14.

In partnership with the Goethe-Institut São Paulo and the Goethe-Institut Munich, the third edition of CHIII welcomes the Berlin trio The Liz with Liz Korhan Erel, Liz Allbee and Liz Kosack. The trio will improvise with Curitiba artist Dharma Jhaz on July 9 at @galpao_cru

On July 11-13, The Liz is going to lead a workshop on DIY performance production at the Goethe-Institut São Paulo’s headquarters. The presentation of the results will be at the same location on the 14th and will be open to public.

Festival CHIII is made possible with the generous help of Goethe Institut São Paulo and The Liz’s travel costs were partially covered by Goethe Institut Germany.

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