Concerts in November

Korhan Erel will play six concerts in Berlin and Leipzig between November 7 and November 30. The first concert will be in Leipzig on November 7 in the NIL Experimental Stage concert series in Leipzig with Marek Brandt, Michael Breitenbach and Fabian Niermann.

NIL [Netzwerk für Improvisation Leipzig] brings together musicians and artist who practice free improvisation. It has been organizing multimedia concerts since 2014 where experimental electronic music, live visual performances and dance performances take place alongside improvised music. This concert will be the first one of their new series NIL Experimental Stage in Pöge Haus, Leipzig.

November 7 / Marek Brandt (electronics, laptop), Michael Breitenbach (soprano sax), Fabian Niermann (tenor sax), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the NIL Experimental Stage series at Pöge-Haus, Leipzig, 21:00

The second concert of the month will see Korhan Erel perform with an international cast of musicians. Berlin-based musicians Shasta Ellenbogen, Emilio Gordoa, Adam Pultz Melbye and Korhan Erel will join the visiting musician Jack Wright for a free improvisation performance at Ma Thilda on November 10.

November 10 / Jack Wright (saxophones), Shasta Ellenbogen (viola), Emilio Gordoa (prepared vibraphone), Adam Pultz Melbye (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Ma Thilda, Berlin, 20:30

The third concert will be with the new trio Nicola Hein, Korhan Erel, Christian Marien at Kühl Spot Social Club in Berlin on November 15. This trio had its debut concert in October at Onkel Gustav in Berlin. Korhan and Nicola will be playing many more concerts in January 2015 in Berlin, Aachen, Cologne and Gütersloh with a diverse selection of musicians. Click here to listen to a recording by Hein and Erel.

November 15 / Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Christian Marien (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Kühl Spot Social Club, Berlin, 20:30

The following two concerts will be with Franziska Baumann, the Swiss vocalist and electronics musician based in Bern. Franziska and Korhan met at the Neighbors Festival in Bern in June 2014. This will be their first musical meeting and will be joined by Meinrad Kneer, with whom Korhan has been collaborating frequently in Berlin, having already played three concerts since July 2014 and with many more in the near future. Their first concert will be at T Berlin on November 18 with Christoph Baumann joining them on the piano. The second concert will be at Ma Thilda on November 20.

November 18 / Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics), Christoph Baumann (piano), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at T Berlin, Berlin, 20:30

November 20 / Franziska Baumann (voice, electronics), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Ma Thilda, Berlin, 20:30

The last concert in November will be with an unusual quartet where two voice/electronics players will be joined by Korhan and Chris Heenan, with whom Korhan has been playing and exploring ideas since 2011. Their most recent concert together was at world in a room in Schöneberg with cellist Nora Krahl. Maria Christina is a jazz-versed singer and composer, while Tomomi Adachi is a performer on the cutting edge of experimental performances. The concert will take place at miss hecker on November 30. Please contact me for the address of Miss Hecker as the venue does not advertise its address publicly.

November 30 / Tomomi Adachi (voice, electronics), Chris Heenan (contrabass clarinet), Maria Christina (voice, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin 20:30 (please e-mail me for the address. miss hecker does not advertise their address publicly)

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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