IstanPOOL in the Netherlands, September – October 2013

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IstanPOOL is a brand new collective of musicians from Turkey and the Netherlands in a setting of two wind instruments, two guitars and two laptops: Michael Moore & Mark Alban Lotz (winds), Korhan Erel & Robert van Heumen (laptops, live processing), Şevket Akıncı & Giray Gürkal (guitars, effects).  The project is conceptualized and organized by Utrecht-based flutist Mark Alban Lotz and Istanbul-based computer musician Korhan Erel. Initial concerts happened in Istanbul and Utrecht between 2010-2013 in form of Lotz/Erel duo with guest musicians. Mark Alban Lotz has a collaborative album with Islak Köpek, whose members include the three Turkish musicians here, which was released on Evil Rabbit Records in 2011.

IstanPOOL concerts in the Netherlands:

October 2, Badcuyp (try out)
Eerste Sweelinkstraat 10, Amsterdam, 21.00

October 3, Rasa (premiere)
Pauwstraat 13-a, Utrecht, 20.30

October 4, Het Klooster
Hammerstraat 36, Rotterdam, 22.00
w. Anne La Berge (flutes) sitting in for Michael Moore

Other concerts with the participation of the Turkish cast of IstanPOOL:

September 29, 2013 / Korhan Erel, Şevket Akıncı and Giray Gürkal play with Wolter Wierbos and Wilbert de Joode as a part of dOEk Sunday at Zaal100, Amsterdam

October 1, 2013 / Korhan Erel, Şevket Akinci and Giray Gürkal with others at Michael Moore’s Impro Jazzcafé guests, Zaal 100, Amsterdam

The tour is made possible with the kind support of the City of Utrecht.
IstanPOOL is a Lotz/Erel Duo initiative.

Music of & Press reviews on the ‘Istanbul Improv Sessions’

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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