Solo Concert “Disorient and Accident” at MAK Nite Lab, Vienna, April 16, 2013

Photo by Eylem Erdinç

Photo by Eylem Erdinç

Korhan Erel will play a solo concert at the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna on April 16, 2013. The concert is a part of the MAK Nite performance series curated by Marlies Wirth and is a part of the “Signs Taken in Wonder – Searching for Contemporary Istanbul” exhibition (Jan 23rd through Apr 21st, 2013). The exhibition surveys the work of 33 international contemporary artists, born between the 1920s and the 1980s, whose art engages with aspects of Istanbul’s culture, history, and daily life. This will be Korhan’s second performance at MAK Nite, the first being “Malice in Sonderland“, a collaborative audiovisual performance with Vienna-based video artist Alexandra Reill in January 2010.

The concert starts at 8pm and will have the following program:

– Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra (Alvin Lucier) – reinterpretation with computer, triangle samples and live processing

– Improvisation #1

– Mahrec – a structured improvisation/composition based on recordings made in Hraç Arslanyan’s jewellery design workshop Mahrec in Istanbul’s old town. Recordings are from actual design work by Gözde Erdoğan and Kıymet Daştan.

– Improvisation #2

– Class Struggle – a piece based on sounds of water entrapped between a hotplate and a teapot.

– Stück für Glockenspiel, Klavier, Streicherensemble, Rechner und Jodlerkönig. Features a sample from the Franzl Lang song “Einen Jodler hör i gern”

Korhan Erel will be in Vienna between April 11-18. Please contact him here if you’d like to set up a meeting.

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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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