Islak Köpek album with Mark Alban Lotz released on Evil Rabbit Records

Islak Köpek’s third album Istanbul improv sessions may 4th, a collaboration with flutist Mark Alban Lotz, has been released on Evil Rabbit Records in September 2011.

The album includes group recordings as well as many duos and trios between Islak Köpek musicians and Mark Alban Lotz. The liner notes are written by prominent jazz critic Kevin Whitehead.

The album should be available on online stores and major music stores soon.

Here are some intial reviews:

Jazz Alchemist (will open a PDF documents in Dutch)

And a short review by Francois Couture on his Monsieur Délire blog:

An interesting free improvisation meeting between globe-trotting flutist Mark Alban Lotz and Turkish improv group Islak Köpek (a quintet comprising two saxes, cello, guitar & laptop). Fifteen short tracks developing occasionally conventional ideas, though always in clever ways. This music is slithering and shaking with life.

Rencontre intérssante d’improvisation libre entre le flûtiste globe-trotter Mark Alban Lotz et le groupe d’improvisation turc Islak Köpek (un quintette comptant deux saxos, violoncelle, guitare et électroniques). Quinze pièces courtes développant des idées parfois convenues mais intelligemment exécutées. Ça grouille, ça bouille, ça vit.

Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek - Istanbul improv sessions may 4th

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is a computer musician, improviser, sound designer based in Berlin. He plays instruments he designs on a computer by employing various controllers. He also uses analog and digital electronics. He is a founding member of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s pioneer free improvisation group, which is regarded as the band that started the free improvisation scene in Turkey. He composes and designs sounds for dance, theater, installations and film. He collaborates with dancers, video artists and spoken word artists. Korhan’s collaboration with Sydney-based video artist Fabian Astore “The Threshold” has won the Blake Prize in Australia in 2012. Korhan’s computer performance system is called Omnibus. The instruments within Omnibus are a culmination of Korhan’s musical past and aesthetic choices. Omnibus instruments use concrete sounds (samples, field recordings), morphed and processed in realtime. They can be as simple as one single sample being played using a Nintendo Wii controller to a complex system that employs granular synthesis and spectral processing. The instruments are played interactively using Nintendo Wii controllers (Korhan’s choice of controller when he plays in ensembles with acoustic/electric instrument players), an iPad (used in solo/duo performances as well as ensemble concerts) and several midi controllers. No matter what technology he uses, Korhan always stays focused on the outcome and musicality rather than processes. Korhan is the co-curator (with Nicola Hein) of UnStumm, a project that brings video artists and musicians from Germany and one other country for audiovisual improvised collaboration. Korhan has had three residencies at STEIM (Center for research & development of instruments & tools for performers) in Amsterdam, where he studied use of sensors in music performance and instrument design. He was a guest composer at the Electronic Music Studios in Stockholm in January 2011. Korhan has seven CD releases on Gruenrekorder (Germany), Creative Sources Records (Portugal), Evil Rabbit Records (Netherlands/Germany), A.K. Müzik (Turkey) and Kukuruku Recordings (Greece) as well as several netlabel releases. He performs regularly in Europe and in the Middle East as a solo artist as well as with his projects in Germany and Holland.
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