A Midspring Night’s Improvisation

Mural in Istanbul, reinterpreted by İlknur Ayışık

Mural in Istanbul, reinterpreted by İlknur Ayışık

Mark Alban Lotz, Utrecht-based flute player and improviser, who is also the other half of the Lotz/Erel duo, will be in Istanbul from April 26th through May 5th, and play a series of concerts with me and other musicians. The first of these performances is “A Midspring Night’s Improvisation” at Gitar Cafe on April 26th. The concert will feature three great musicians from Portugal: Paulo Chagas, Paulo Duarte and Fernande Simões.

Çağlayan Yıldız (guitar and electronics)
Fernando Simões (trombone)
Korhan Erel (computer and controllers)
Mark Alban Lotz (flutes)
Paulo Chagas (flute and saxophone)
Paulo Duarte (electric guitar)
Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice)

Gitar Cafe (directions)
April 26, 2013 – 09:00pm
Cover: 15 TL

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in IstanbulThis concert is made possible by the generous contribution of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Istanbul.

 

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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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