Islak Köpek with Sumru Ağıryürüyen, Seda Röder and Korhan Erel

Islak KöpekPhoto by Ali Taşkıran

Islak Köpek
Photo by Ali Taşkıran

Istanbul-based free improvisation ensemble Islak Köpek curates bi-monthly evenings of freely improvised music at Gitar Cafe where they invite several musicians. This month, guest musicians are Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice), acclaimed new music pianist Seda Röder and myself. As some of you may know, I have taken a sabbatical from Islak Köpek, which I co-founded in 2005, to focus on other projects – the reason I am a guest instead of a member.

Islak Köpek are

Şevket Akıncı (acoustic guitar)
Gülşah Erol (cello)
Giray Gürkal (electric guitar, effects)
Volkan Terzioğlu (tenor saxophone)
Robert Reigle (tenor saxophone) – Robert may still be stranded in the US because of a visa problem. We don’t know if he is back
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Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice)
Seda Röder (piano)
Korhan Erel (computer, controllers)

Music starts at 9pm and will cost you 10 lira. Gitar Cafe has a great, cosy atmosphere as well as good snacks and drinks.

Facebook event for the concert

Other concerts by Korhan Erel in March, April and May 2013

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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