Frischzelle Festival in Cologne, September 9-12

fz_logoKorhan Erel will be playing several concerts in the Frischzelle Festival in Cologne and Düsseldorf on September 9, 10, 11, and 12. Frischzelle is organized by ZeitKunst (Matthias Muche and Sven Hahne). This year’s festival will focus on a new collaboration between German and Turkish musicians and visual artists from Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin, Amsterdam and Istanbul. The headliner is  “Spaces”, where Timeart Ensemble of six improvisers play as a computer software listens to their music, generates live visuals out of their music, and projects in onto the five walls of the concert space. Spaces will be premiered in Frischzelle on September 9. The festival will continue with various duos and trios of German and Turkish artists on September 10 and 11. The 11th will also feature the Projekt House-Home. On September 12, six musicians will play in the Düsseldorf Festival. The line-ups, venues and times are listed below.

All concerts in Cologne are free!
Concert in Düsseldorf cost €12/8 Euros (total price for all three performances).


09.09.14 – 20.30
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

– Timeart Ensemble / Spaces: Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects), Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Sven Hahne (computer, video), Tobias Klein (reeds), Nora Krahl (cello), Matthias Muche (trombone)

10.09.14 – 20.30
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

– Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Tobias Klein (reeds)
– Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects), Nora Krahl (cello), Candaş Şişman (video)
– Katrin Bethge (overhead projector), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics)

11.09.14 – 20.30 Uhr
Kunsthochschule f. Medien Köln, Cologne

– Tobias Klein (reeds), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers), Şevket Akıncı (electric guitar, effects)
– Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics), Candaş Şişman (video), Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets)
– Projekt House-Home: Lan Thanh Cao (piano), Floria M. Nica (guitar and voice), Sergej Maingardt (composition, electronics), Jens Standke (Video), Gregor Siedl (saxophone, game calls, sound objects)

12.09.14 – 20.30
Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf

– Oğuz Büyükberber (clarinets), Tobias Klein (reeds)
– Tolga Tüzün (piano, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers)
– Sven Hahne (computer, video), Matthias Muche (trombone)

Frischzelle Festival

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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