Recital in the Woods with Nightingales with David Rothenberg

Those who have grown up with H. C. Andersen will remember the nightingale in the Chinese Emperor’s garden. “The heavenly little bird […] the greatest wonder of all […] sang the best in the green wood”.[1] “When you listen to it, you are reminded of the tranquil charm of a secluded ravine, a rushing stream murmurs to you, clouds of cherry blossoms float up before your eyes. Blossoms and mist alike are within that song, and we forget that we are still in the dusty city. This is where art rivals nature. And here too is the secret of music.”[2]

At midnight of one such Spring evening in Berlin, we will head out into one of the green woods to perform a concert live with nightingales, featuring David Rothenberg on clarinet and iPad, and Korhan Erel on cracklebox and iPad.

David Rothenberg is a philosopher and musician from U.S.A. He is the author of “Why Birds Sing” (2005) and “The Survival of the Beautiful” (2011). 

[1] Quote from “The Nightingale” by Hans Christian Andersen. 
[2]Quote from a short story on Shunkin (1829-1886) and nightingale by Junichiro Tanizaki.

More on the musician:
Organizer: WiE KULTUR GmbH

Venue: Treptower Park 
Meeting point: Fr. 09 Mai | 23 Uhr at S-Bhf Treptower Park (Exit: Treptower Park / Puschkinallee) 
Ticket: 18,- € / 12,- € (Discount) 
Ticket Reservation: (030) 55875829 /

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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