Song Books: Reimagining John Cage at 100

John Cage

New York violist Tanya Kalmanovitch directs an all-star cast of American and Turkish performers in radical and wide-ranging interpretations of the composer’s notebooks at the Borusan Music House, December 29 2012.

The end of 2012 marks the close of the 100th anniversary of the birth John Cage, the American composer who changed the face of classical music history when he proposed that the primary musical act is not performing, but listening.

New York-based violist Tanya Kalmanovitch has assembled an all-star Turkish and American musicians to re-imagine Cage’s Song Books. Composed in 1970, this collection of 89 short works scored for voice, electronics, and theatrical performance serves as a catalog of Cage’s compositional and notational innovations.

This performance will give these works a radical new context. Cutting-edge Turkish and American performers from diverse backgrounds in rock, classical, jazz, Turkish and electronic music are invited to re-interpret selections to create a one-of-a-kind spectacle. Part rock show, part new music concert, part absurdist theatre; this performance will put a playful, provocative post-modern spin on contemporary music.


Tanya Kalmanovitch: Viola, Producer and Artistic Director
Serra Yılmaz: Actor
Anthony Coleman: Piano
Korhan Erel: Computer, Assistant Producer
Şevket Akıncı: Guitar
Tolga Tüzün: Piano and electronics
Ayşenur Kolivar: Voice
Gökçe Akçelik: singer/songwriter, guitar

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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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