May 2, 2013: Mark Alban Lotz & Islak Köpek at Gitar Cafe

Mark Lotz & Islak KöpekMark Alban Lotz is an Utrecht-based flute player and improviser who is also quite well known in Turkey as a jazz player and improviser. He had come to Istanbul in 2010 to make two recordings with Istanbul-based improvisers. One of these recordings was with Islak Köpek, Turkey’s first free improvisation ensemble founded in 2005. This record, “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th”, was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011. Islak Köpek and Mark played a concert at Borusan Müzik Evi in Istanbul soon after the release of the album. Islak Köpek’s founder Korhan Erel and Mark have also started a duo after this collaboration, which resulted in concerts in Turkey and the Netherlands with guests like Wolter Wierbos, Eric Boeren and Robert van Heumen.

Mark Alban Lotz returns to Istanbul once more to reunite with Islak Köpek. They will play a concert at Gitar Cafe on May 2nd. The concert will start at 9pm.

Mark Alban Lotz: flutes
Şevket Akıncı: acoustic guitar
Korhan Erel: computer, controllers
Gülşah Erol: cello
Giray Gürkal: electric guitar, effects
Robert Reigle: tenor saxophone
Volkan Terzioğlu: tenor saxophone

The Consulate General of the Kingdom of Netherlands in IstanbulWe’d like to extend our thanks to the Kingdom of Netherlands Consulate in Istanbul for supporting this musical and cultural exchange between Mark Alban Lotz and improvisers 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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