S. Ağıryürüyen, E. Lanfredini, U. Vural, K. Erel at Karanlık İşler, Dec 1

Sumru, Uygur, Korhan, Elisabetta

Sumru, Uygur, Korhan, Elisabetta in front of Karanlıkta Yemek, a venue that organizes events in pitch darkness

Have you ever performed in pitch darkness? I have not. Sumru Ağıryürüyen, singer and improviser extraordinarie, had the idea of us improvising and singing in total darkness to an audience at Karanlık İşler (Dark Dealings in English). We asked and they said yes. So, on December 1, 2013, Sumru, me, singer/actress/improviser Elisabetta Lanfredini and cellist/improviser Uygur Vural will play a concert of freely improvised music as well as songs from Turkey and Italy, ranging from an abstract instant of free improv to a lullaby from Italy followed by an Armenian song.

Come and “hear” us!

Sumru Ağıryürüyen: voice
Korhan Erel: computer, melodica
Elisabetta Lanfredini: voice
Uygur Vural: cello

Karanlık İşler is in the historic quarter of Galata in Istanbul. The concert will start at 8.00pm. Tickets are available at the door and cost 40TL, including a glass of wine.

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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