Yola Çıktığım Gün Sakin Serin Bir Sabahtı… / It Was a Calm and Chilly Morning The Day I Left…

I have recently completed all original music and sound design work for Yesim Özsoy Gülan’s latest play “It Was a Calm and Chilly Morning The Day I Left…”. The play premiered in the IKSV Istanbul International Theater Festival on May 11. The remaining dates in May are below. The play is in Turkish but there is an English translation available at the venue for anyone who is not fluent in Turkish to follow the play.

In their new play “It was a Calm and Chilly Morning the Day I left” VEDST Theater Group is yet again creating a special stage design which shapes their play. The audience who’s surrounded by a fantastic amusement park atmosphere is confronted with a magical reality created by the play in which six characters, in an “imaginary” country where there is an increasing violation of freedom, search for a solution to their situation. The play lays out a political atmosphere in which the audience is expected to correlate with his/her own existence. While the carnivalesque metaphor of an amusement park is subverted, the references are also de-contextualized. As the play unfolds issues related to freedom violations, Turkish/Armenian conflicts, massacres related to differences in religious sects, Kurdish identity and sexual exploitation and discrimination of underage girls are under focus. The play creates a space for the audience to break the codes and decipher the meanings…

Written&Directed by: Yeşim Özsoy Gülan
Stage Design: Barış Dinçel
Light Design: Kemal Yiğitcan
Sound and Music Design: Korhan Erel
Director’s Assistants: Can Özden, Ezgi Düzenli, Ferdi Çetin
Administrative Director: Nilüfer Dönmez
Photography Concept: Genco Gülan
Photography: Hande Göksan

DOA (Man With Issues) – Ali Rıza Kubilay
HKA (Man Who Has Lost Everything) – Hakan Atalay
GK (Such a Young Girl) – Begüm Akkaya
GÇ (Such a Young Boy) Musab Ekici
ASA (Man Who Hides His Name) – Oğuzhan Ayaz
SAA (Man Who Cries All the Time) – Emin Maltepe
Lunapark’s Watchman – Rıfat Doğu

80 minutes, no entr’acte

Performances in May 2012:
Friday May 11th (8.30PM) – IKSV Festival
Saturday May 12th (3.30PM and 8.30PM) – IKSV Festival
Friday May 18th (9.00PM)
Saturday May 19th (3.30PM and 9.00PM)
Friday May 25th (9.00PM)
Saturday May 26th (3.30PM and 9.00PM)

Venue: MATZOH FACTORY (Şair Ziya Paşa Yokuşu, No:13, Galata Kuledibi – Beyoğlu)
Tickets: 30TL, 15TL (students)
Info and reservation: +905302602524

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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