Review of Tolga Tüzün / Korhan Erel concert by Alexandra Ivanoff

A chance discovery of a review by Istanbul-based music critic Alexandra Ivanoff of the concert with pianist / composer Tolga Tüzün at Borusan Music House, Istanbul on January 13, 2012:

Tüzün and Erel’s voyage

On Jan. 13, two Turkish musicians, pianist Tolga Tüzün and electronic composer Korhan Erel, virtually continued the journey for us at Borusan Music House. Their program, “Satırarası” (Between the Lines), was not directly connected to the Esbjerg Ensemble’s program, but it seemed to pick up where the Danish group left off. They ventured into another cosmos with a totally improvised hour-long soundscape that, on one hand, felt like organized chaos, but on the other, an exquisite, unpredictable voyage that defied description. We needed to forget any expectation of formulas we knew and just go with the flow. It was the stuff of dreams — both nightmares and blissful visions — and definitely an extension of present musical reality and a suspension of time and space.”

This concert was a signal of the release of our album Superimposed Circumstances which is available as an electronic download on many online music stores including iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, etc.

The article, dated January 16, 2012, focuses mainly on the fantastic performance of the Esbjerg Ensemble’s performance and can be read in its entirety here: http://www.todayszaman.com/news-268752-esbjerg-ensemble-shines-at-istanbul-performance.html

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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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One Response to Review of Tolga Tüzün / Korhan Erel concert by Alexandra Ivanoff

  1. Pingback: Nora Krahl, Miako Klein, Tolga Tüzün, Korhan Erel @ Dunia, Istanbul, May 5, 2013 | Korhan Erel

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