Chen, Ağıryürüyen, Akıncı, Gürkal, Erel at Cafe Mitanni, April 5, 2013

Audrey ChenKorhan Erel will play with American-Chinese cello, voice and electronics artist Audrey Chen and his improviser friends at Cafe Mitanni, a small, cosy jazz venue on one of the bustling streets of Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s perpetually packed headquarters of entertainment, food, night life district. The concert will start at 10pm with a brief solo performance by Audrey Chen, followed by a set of improvisations by Chen and the other musicians.

Şevket Akıncı and Korhan are founders of Islak Köpek, Turkey’s longest-standing free improvisation ensemble, which is considered to have paved the way for many other musicians to boldly perform freely improvised and experimental music in Istanbul. Sumru Ağıryürüyen and Korhan have been improvising together on and off for the past 3-4 years and have recently started the trio Bakış Açısı (Point of View) with Islak Köpek’s other guitarist, Giray Gürkal. Giray plays with Şevket in Mutant, a guitar septet. Sumru, Korhan and Şevket are also members of Nazım’a Doğru (Towards Nazım), an all-star ensemble that interprets the poetry of the great poet Nazım Hikmet with elements of free improvisation, new music, folk music and many more styles.

Çağlayan Yıldız, who was in the original line-up for this concert, will not be able to attend.

Both Chen and Islak Köpek have released albums on Evil Rabbit Records.

Audrey Chen (cello, voice, analog electronics)
Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice)
Şevket Akıncı (guitars)
Giray Gürkal (electric guitar, effects)
Korhan Erel (computer, controllers)

April 5, 2013, 10:00pm
Cafe Mitanni
Çukurluçeşme Sokak 6/A
Beyoğlu, Istanbul

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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