Interplay: improvised encounters of dance and music

interplayInterplay is an international meeting of nine dancers and musicians on the wonderful stage of Acker Stadt Palast, one of Berlin’e very special performance venues. Performance starts at 8:30pm. Coming early and chilling out in the lovely, quiet, cool inner courtyard before the performance is highly recommended!

Acker Stadt Palast is on Ackerstraße 169/170 in Berlin.

Cathie Caraker – dance
Nina Martin – dance
Leslie Scates – dance
Andrew Wass – dance
Shelley Hirsch – vocal
Frank Gratkowski – alto sax, clarinets
Simon Rose – saxophones
Matthias Bauer – double bass
Korhan Erel – computer, controllers

Korhan Erel has performed with dancers and especially contact improvisers including Kirstie Simson and Yanael Plumet, and has composed for dance, most recently for Frozen Dream in Istanbul. It will be his first performance with all of the performers except for Frank Gratkowski, with whom he played two concerts in Istanbul in March 2014.

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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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