Nightingala – Reading, panel, film, concert stroll at HKW

After two years of pandemic-related cancellations, the Nightingala is finally happening on May 5th at HKW! The “Nightingales in Berlin” project, initiated by musician, philosopher, writer David Rothenberg in 2014 with me tagging along, yielded several albums (including our duo Berlin Bülbül), a film and a book. This event is a book launch for the German translation of David’s book “Nightingales in Berlin”.

The evening will end with an improvised open-air concert with nightingales in Tiergarten!

The event is hosted by Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, and will feature readings, performances and a panel with and by Hanna Mattes, David Rothenberg, Tina Roeske, Cymin Samawatie, Ville Tanttu and myself. For more information and tickets, please visit this link:

Nightingala at HKW

Posted in Performances, Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Concerts in April in Berlin and Munich

I will play three improvised concerts in April, all of them being post-pandemic reunions.

The first one is on April 20th with Marina Dzukljev (piano) and Michael Thieke (clarinet) at Marina’s 5-day residency at Au Topsi Pohl. Marina and I met and played for the first time at Hagenfesten in Sweden in 2018, and played two more shows in 2019 in Berlin, before the pandemic stopped everything. Michael Thieke is a staple of the Berlin scene and is one of the co-founders of my favorite bands: The International Nothing. With him I had played a couple of concerts many years ago. I am very much looking forward to playing with these two amazing musicians.

The second and third concerts will be with multi-instrumentalist/architect Udo Schindler in Munich. Udo and I met in 2016 when he invited me to play with him. Our two concerts (one in duo, the other one with trombone player Sebi Tramontana) were released as albums (see releases for more info). The album launch concerts for these two albums took place in 2018 in Munich. As a post-pandemic reunion, Udo and I will play in duo on April 22nd at MUCCA and in trio with flutist Karina Erhard at Galerie Schnitzler& on April 23rd.

Posted in Performances | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Soundtracking” video by Lange//Berweck//Lorenz

My piece “Soundtracking” is a composition that serves as an imaginary soundtrack for a horror/sci-fi film that could have been made in the 1980s. The piece was commissioned by the synthesizer trio Lange//Berweck//Lorenz in 2021 for their concert series “Very Refreshing Catalyst”, where they aim to revive the tradition of live synthesizer in new music.

Lange//Berweck//Lorenz premiered the piece at the Musik 21 Festival in Hannover on September 10, 2021 and performed it in Berlin on November 22nd, 2021 at Theater im Delphi, In her review of the Musik 21 Festival in the December 2021 issue of Neue Zeitschrift für Musik, music journalist Juana Zimmermann described Soundtracking as the “highlight of the festival.”

Lange//Berweck//Lorenz have also released a performance video of the piece that they shot in September 2021, which you can watch below.

Lange//Berweck//Lorenz performing “Soundtracking” by Korhan Erel

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Debut album “mit gefühl” by Ephemeral Fragments

The trio Ephemeral Fragments was born in 2019 before the pandemic, after Florian Walter (tubax), Emily Wittbrodt (cello) and Korhan Erel (electronics) played their first concert together in Essen in April 2019. Soon after this concert, they took the name Ephemeral Fragments and met in Essen in July 2019 for a one-day recording session. The musicians hail from three different cities: Florian from Essen, Emily from Cologne and Korhan from Berlin. This did not stop them from meeting as much as they could during the pandemic. They rehearsed, played a few concerts and recorded their debut album “mit gefühl” all during 2020-2021. The album is a vinyl and digital release on Umland Records.

Posted in News | Leave a comment

Böseblick Concert Videos

Böseblick is a new Berlin-based ensemble for electronic music that started playing together in 2021. In March, they played their first official concert on March 10, 2022 under the Böseblick name at Berlin’s KM28 with the kind support from Initiative Neue Musik Berlin. This YouTube playlist consists of three excerpts from that concert.

More info on the ensemble here or under the YouTube videos. If you’d like to just listen to the music without video, then please follow this link to the Böseblick Ensemble Bandcamp page.

Posted in Performances, Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Solo Concert Video

I was invited by Temporary Autonomous Tele Vision (T.A.T.V) in March to play a solo in their three-day live-streamed festival. This is the video recording of this concert. I played a Hydrasynth / Sensel Morph Buchla combo, the Samplr on an iPad and a self-made instrument on an Organelle / QuNeo combo.

Posted in Performances | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Liz performs “No Comet” at Kontraklang

The Liz will perform their new production No Comet on April 2, 2022 at Kontraklang concert series at Villa Elisabeth in Berlin.

The Liz have premiered “No Comet” in October 2021 at Sowieso Berlin with the support of Musikfonds, transforming themselves into sentient dinosaurs and the venue into a dinosaur music cafe. The accompanying film was shown on two window-fronts throughout the weekend. At Kontraklang, The Liz will play a soundtrack to the “No Comet” film.

In their latest production No Comet, The Liz creates a piece of non-humanist speculative fiction, positing a world where the dinosaurs did not become extinct and are, in fact, highly sentient beings. As a species, humans tend to take for granted our place in the world, forgetting that evolution — and life itself — is predicated upon chance and contingency. In No Comet, The Liz considers these chance events and imagines other possible pasts, presents and futures, in order to hopefully acquire a larger lens through which to view ideas of sapience and societies.


The Liz:
Liz Allbee
Liz Korhan Erel
Liz Kosack

Stage Design: Nathalie Snel
Costume Design: Lisa Simpson
Film: Tuçe Erel

Posted in Performances, Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“For Peace. Against War. Who is not?”

For Peace. Against War. Who is not?*
A Compilation for the people of Ukraine

This compilation of almost 200 tracks was made possible by invitation and open call by Component Records and Kai Niggemann. Please consider buying a copy to support the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. One of my recent pieces Kin(d) is also included, alongside names like Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk), Robin Rimbaud/Scanner, Jack Dangers (Meat Beat Manifesto) and many more.

Please click on the image above or follow this link to support the cause:
https://componentrecordings.bandcamp.com/album/for-peace-against-war-who-is-not-a-compilation-for-the-people-of-ukraine

All proceeds from the sale of this compilation will be split evenly between the charities Vostok SOS and the Ukrainian Red Cross.”

vostok-sos.org/en/about/mission/ -Vostok SOS
redcross.org.ua -Ukrainian Red Cross

* “For Peace. Against War. Who is not?” is a quote by Susan Sontag, an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Concerts in March

THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN MOVED TO MARCH 10! SAME VENUE!!

I had asked Kirsten Reese, Alessandra Eramo and Ariel Orah to play with me on August 28, 2021, when Sowieso kindly asked me to organize a night there. We (and the audience) liked the concert so much that we decided to continue as a quartet and named ourselves “Böseblick”, a grammatically wrong name that means “The Evil Eye”. Since then, we’ve been rehearsing as much as we could/Corona allowed. Initiative Neue Musik Berlin kindly provided us with some funding, which allowed us to prepare an evening of sonic storytelling at KM28, Berlin on March 3.

Böseblick are:
Alessandra Eramo, voice, tapes, electronics
Korhan Erel, Hydrasynth, samples
Ariel Orah, electronics
Kirsten Reese, computer

On March 11, I’m going to play a solo set at Temporary Autonomous Tele Vision streamed concert series curated by Kris Limbach. The setting for this performance will be Ausland, but the concert is stream only and can be viewed here: https://www.twitch.tv/ttaattvv​

The complete lineup of the evening is:

AL de La Algaida (+ Francesca Carbone) / Cedrik Fermont / Del_F64.0 (Antigenialistic Rrrriot) / Jealousy Party / Jorge Vicario / Korhan Erel / Phill Niblock / Pia Achternkamp / String Trio (Munsha, Hopek Quirin, Jochen Arbeit) / Udo Noll

Posted in News, Performances, Projects | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dark Eye

After playing no concerts in December and January, I will return to performing well-rested. The first performance is a take on a Turkish-Greek shadowplay tradition called Karagöz (Dark Eye). Along with Kriton Beyer (harmonium, daxophone, effects, objects) and Nicolas Wiese (visual concept, analog and digital visual performance), we will perform a 21st century shadowplay inspired deeply from but not imitating the Karagöz tradition. Below is the press text for Dark Eye:

Sirens

Shadow plays or shadow theatre have existed for centuries as a folk art form all over the world in which stories, legends, fairy tales and parables are told. This takes place in an audiovisual intermediate world, the screen. Many forms of shadow theatre traditionally have the functions of both entertainment as well as education and criticism – in a space between fiction and reality.

In a very special manifestation, the figure of the Karagöz / Karagiozis has established itself in the geographic area of Turkey and Greece. This figure – in the truest sense of the word cross-cultural – still deals with current issues of social coexistence. Although Karagöz certainly continues to exist in the 21st century and is especially popular as children’s theater, the figure is still quite rare in an abstract artistic adaptation, as is the case in this project.

In Dark Eye the three artists transport the figure of Karagöz into the present and develop their own dramaturgy, which they implement with their own characteristic means of expression.
Each of the three artists also contributes a different perspective to the theme through their individual life story. In the course of the performance, this difference results, as it were, in a web of dialogue that can be traced back to the own childhoods of Korhan Erel and Kriton Beyer, who both grew up with the provocative and socio-critical parables of Karagöz, being interwoven with the visual interpretations and associations of Nicolas Wiese.

Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser and sound designer of Turkish origin, Kriton Beyer is a musician, composer with Greek roots and Nicolas Wieseis an audiovisual artist and electronic musician/composer born in Northern Germany.

The Dark Eye Trio:
Kriton Beyer – harmonium, daxophone, sampling
Korhan Erel – electronics, percussion, voice
Nicolas Wiese – visual art / live projections

5 February 2022 at Kühlspot Social Club, Berlin
Start time: 20:00
2G+ rules apply.

Kindly supported by Initiative Neue Musik Berlin

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment