Concerts in Germany and Vienna, January-February 2014

I will be playing a series of concerts in Germany and Vienna, starting on Jan 10. The first three concerts will be Lettow / Erel duo concerts with Gunnar Lettow and guest musicians in Berlin and Hamburg. The concert in Hamburg will be at the Klub Katarakt Festival. This will be followed by a Quiet Cue concert with Nicolas Wiese. In this concert, Nicolas will play his no-input setup and we will both play in a four-speaker environment, where we will diffuse our sounds in realtime using analog and digital technologies. This will be my third and final concert in Berlin before I move on to the Ruhr area. I will play two concerts with the Zeitkunst team of Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne in Cologne and Duisburg, with Etienne Nillesen joining us in Cologne and Nora Krahl in Duisburg. These two concerts will be warm-ups for our bigger project with ZeitKunst in September 2014 (details soon). My final concert in Germany will be at the KlangZeit Festival in Münster, where I will play with a fantastic lineup of musicians on February 1, following two days of rehearsals. After Münster, I’ll move on to Vienna and play a concert with Claudia Cervenca, Irene Kepl and Stefan Fraunberger at mo.ë.

– January 10 / Lettow/Erel duo and Pivot (Liz Allbee and Chris Heenan), duo and quartet performances, Sowieso, Berlin
– January 12 / Lettow/Erel duo with Audrey Chen, Miss Hecker, Berlin
– January 18 / Lettow/Erel duo in the Klub Katarakt Festival, Hamburg
– January 25 / Nicolas Wiese (no-input mixer, analog sound diffusion), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers, digital sound diffusion) at Quiet Cue, Berlin
– January 26 / Matthias Muche (trombone), Sven Hahne (electronics), Etienne Nillesen (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Loft, Cologne
– January 28 / Matthias Muche (trombone), Sven Hahne (electronics), Nora Krahl (cello), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Djäzz, Duisburg.
– Feb 1 / Concert in the Klangzeit Festival in Münster with Amy Salsgiver, Mazen Karbaj, Yoni Silver, Ariel Shibolet, Gunda Gottschalk, Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Philip Zoubek, and Erhard Hirt
– Feb 7 / Claudia Cervenca (voice), Korhan Erel (computer, electronics), Stefan Fraunberger (dulcimer, electronics), Irene Kepl (violin) at mo.ë, Vienna

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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