Serra Yılmaz & Islak Köpek @ Akbank Jazz Festival

Serra Yılmaz (photo by Cem Talu)

Korhan Erel’s free improvisation ensemble Islak Köpek continues their collaboration with actress Serra Yılmaz with a concert in the Akbank Jazz Festival, which is Turkey’s most progressive music festival organized by Pozitif. The collaboration between Yılmaz and Islak Köpek is founded on free reading and improvisation, where sonic textures and deconstruction of poetry are in ceaseless transmutation.

Serra Yılmaz and Islak Köpek had their first performance in October, 2011 at Gitar Cafe with the participation of trombonist Wolter Wierbos. Their second performance was in the form of a workshop on poetry and improvisation at the Borusan Music House in Istanbul in February 2012.

The sold-out concert will be at Aksanat, Akbank’s center of arts and music on Pera’s Istiklal Street, the bustling epicenter of culture and entertainment in Istanbul. It will start at 7pm.

Serra Yılmaz, spoken word
Şevket Akıncı, acoustic guitar, zither
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers
Gülşah Erol, cello
Giray Gürkal, electric guitar, effects
Robert Reigle, tenor saxophone
Volkan Terzioğlu, tenor saxophone


About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser and sound designer based in Berlin. Their music covers free improvisation, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces as well as music for dance, theater and video art. They perform solo, duo and group performances with improvisers, jazz musicians, dancers, and in orchestras. They have shown several sound installations in art spaces in Turkey, Germany and Hong Kong. They have ten CD and several digital releases. They play concerts across Europe, Middle- East, Southeast Asia and North America
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