K. Erel, S. Ağıryürüyen, A. Eraslan and Ş. Akıncı in Strasbourg (F) and Bern (SUI), June 10-13

Neighbours FestivalFour heavyweights of the Istanbul improvisation scene, Korhan Erel, Sumru Ağıryürüyen (voice), Şevket Akıncı (elec. guitar, effects), and Anıl Eraslan (cello) will play several concerts in Strasbourg, France and Bern, Switzerland between June 10-12.

The first concert involves the four musicians playing an improvised set at the Collectif P.I.L.S.’s event “Les soirées du Collectif P.I.L.S.” on June 10 at Hall Des Chars. The second concert of this evening will be by Fred Frith playing in a quartet with three young musicians.

Erel, Ağıryürüyen, Akıncı and Eraslan will join four other musicians from Istanbul, Çağlayan Yıldız (elec guitar, computer), Uygur Vural (cello), Korhan Argüden (drums) and Umut Çağlar (various instruments) in Bern to take part in the Neighbours Festival organized by WIM Bern under the curation of Jürg Solothurnmann to bring together musicians from Turkey and Switzerland. Solothurnmann has been travelling to Istanbul for many years to meet and play with the musicians in the Istanbul scene and has a good knowledge of the scene’s players and organizers. The program of the festival is as follows:

—–Thursday, June 12—–
20:00 – Sumru Ağıyürüyen, voc; Anıl Eraslan, cello; Hans Burgener, vi; Franziska Hauser, cl

21:00 – Jürg Solothurnmann, saxes; Lukas Roos, bcl; Umut Çağlar, elg; Korhan Argüden dr

—–Friday, June 13—–
19:30 – Franziska Baumann, voc, electr; Caglayan Yildiz, electronics; Uygur Vural, cello, electr;
Julian Sartorius, dr

20:30 – Korhan Erel, laptop; Christian Kobi, saxes; Şevket Akıncı, elg; Katharina Weber, piano

21:30 – Finale Grande (Josep-Maria Balanyà, conducting)
Sumru Ağıyürüyen & Sybil Hofstetter, voc; Paed Conca, cl; Valentina Strucelj, a-cl; Andreas Kunz,
vi ; Anıl Eraslan & Uygur Vural, cello; Judith Wegmann, p; Şevket Akıncı & Umut Çağlar, elg;
Korhan Erel, laptop; Caglayan Yildiz, electronics; Korhan Argüden dr; Lukas Rutzen, perc

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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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