Erel, Furuya, Lanfredini, Merlet at Gitar Cafe, November 29

On November 29, I will be playing with three very exciting improvisers at Gitar Cafe. This is a meeting that was built from chance meetings. I met Nobuyasu Furuya, wind player based in Japan, on Facebook and was amazed by his fluent Turkish. It turned out that he had lived in Istanbul in the past. I met Elisabetta Lanfredini, singer and vocal improviser based in Italy, when she came to one of my shows in Istanbul. She is currently residing in Istanbul to study improvisational traditions in Turkish music. Florent Merlet, a French drummer based in Istanbul, and I have played many many times in various settings and even recorded an album in 2009. Florent and Elisabetta had a chance duo in the “Free Music” improv night I organize monthly and blew everyone away with their performance. Nobu and I were looking for musicians to join us for this concert and when I heard Elisabetta and Florent, the search was over. 

We will play duos, trios and quartets in this evening of freely improvised music at Gitar Cafe, which has been one of the hotspots of improvised music in Istanbul since 2008, as well as having a much longer tradition of hosting some of the greatest names in Turkey and abroad in traditional musics and jazz.

Cast (in alphabetical order):

Korhan Erel, computer and controllers
Nobuyasu Furuya, wind instruments
Elisabetta Lanfredini, voice
Florent Merlet, drums

The show will start at 9.00pm. Entrance is 15 TL

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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