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 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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