Summer Pause, New Duo, Upcoming Concerts in 2012

With the concert at Dunia, Istanbul of Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola) / Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) duo concert with guests Jessika Kenney (voice), Eyvind Kang (viola) and Özlem Kaya (violin), I will be playing no concerts until the end of summer (mid-September), except for a guest appearance on July 28th with YAAT (Gökçen Dilek Acay, Utku Tavil and Sigurd Ytre-Arne) again at Dunia.

The duo concert with Tanya featured three new compositions of ours, Skype, ev // home, and B, as well as an interpretation of Christian Wolff’s 2nd Exercise. All of these are works in progress, but promise to turn into exciting pieces. Tanya and I will develop this duo into an exciting blend of compositions and structured improvisations around narratives and themes.

Upcoming concerts in 2012 include Akbank Jazz Festival in October with Serra Yılmaz and Islak Köpek, 7 concerts on Soundtrips in October in Germany with Gülşah Erol and many great improvisers, 2-3 concerts with Gunnar Lettow and Gülşah Erol in Hamburg, Hannover and Berlin, an audiovisual collaboration with Burcu Yağcıoğlu in Essen and a John Cage tribute concert at Borusan Müzik Evi, Istanbul, in December.

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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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