Lettow / Erel duo in Hannover and Hamburg, November 7-8

Lettow / Erel Duo is Gunnar Lettow (prepared electric bass, objects, electronics) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers). Lettow and Erel build a fragile, fascinating, abstract sound world with Gunnar’s electro-acoustic sounds and Korhan’s electronically treated field recordings and found sounds. They have been playing in Germany every November since their first-time meeting in Istanbul in 2011.

In their third-installment of November concerts in Germany since 2011, they will be playing at Oberdeck in Hannover on November 7 and at Freitagsmusik in Hamburg on November 8 as a part of Frequenzgänge concert series. In Hamburg, guitarist Christoph Funabashi will join the duo in their second set.

Lettow / Erel will also play two concerts in Berlin in January 2014 with Liz Allbee and Chris Heenan at Sowieso on Jan 10, and with Audrey Chen at Miss Hecker on Jan 12. Please see Upcoming Concerts for more performances by Korhan Erel.

A video of them playing with Istanbul-based cellist Gülşah Erol in Berlin’s Quiet Cue in November 2012.

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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