Lettow / Erel plays two concerts in Berlin

Gunnar Lettow (right) and Korhan Erel (center) at Ausland (Berlin) with Chris Heenan in November 2011

Gunnar Lettow (right) and Korhan Erel (center) at Ausland (Berlin) with Chris Heenan in November 2011

Korhan Erel will play two concerts with Gunnar Lettow, his duo partner in Lettow / Erel, in Berlin in January. The pair have been playing together since 2011 and have had numerous concerts in Germany and Istanbul. Their collaboration is a balanced, subtle but complex interweaving of analog, acoustic sounds and digitally processed field recordings, found sounds. Please go to Lettow / Erel for more information.

First of these concerts will be with Pivot, a duo by Liz Allbee (trumpet) and Chris Heenan (contrabass sax, alto sax), at Sowieso on January 10. The two duo performances will be followed by a freely improvised quartet performance. Concerts at Sowieso start at 20.30 sharp, so please do your best to be there on time.

The second concert will be with Audrey Chen (cello, voice) at Miss Hecker on January 12. Korhan has played with Audrey in Istanbul and Berlin in 2013 and this will be Audrey’s first performance with Lettow / Erel. The legendary Miss Hecker is a private space in Wedding and its address cannot be revealed publicly, so only those who know the space or those who know people who know the space will be able to see the show. Concert starts at 21.00.

For further concerts by Korhan Erel in Germany, including one more concert with Gunnar Lettow, please see Upcoming Concerts.

Lettow / Erel | Audrey Chen | Liz Allbee | Chris Heenan

Audrey Chen

Audrey Chen

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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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