Concerts in December

Ute WassermannBiliana Voutchkova 02 Korhan Erel - sitting, in front of set up, yellow pullover, looking sceptical, Stuttgart - photo by Gunnar LettowMeinrad Kneer

Korhan Erel will play three concerts in the first 7 days of December.

The first concert will be on December 2 at Ma Thilda(Wildenbruchstr. 38, Neukölln) with the new quartet Ute Wassermann (voice, birdcalls), Biliana Voutchkova (violin), Meinrad Kneer (double-bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers). This will be the second concert of the quartet after their first appearance in September and will start at 21.00 (please do not assume that it will start much later than that). The concert is free but donations are very much welcome.

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The second concert titled “Kimsin?” is on December 3 at Salon Tippel (Schudomastr. 45, Neukölln) with Liz Kosack (synth), Liz Allbee (amplified trumpet) and Korhan “Liz” Erel (computer, controllers). The concert is a part of the KIM concert series at Salon Tippel and will start at 20:30.

“Kimsin?” in Turkish means “who are you?” Posed to us, “Liz” suffices. Can we pose it to you? Find the question and its answer at Salon Tippel in the winter of its existence (Sadly closing in Jan.) Three improvisors tackle identity quandaries and the elasticity of selves through sound probing, and hope to find themselves (and you) there.”

5eyesThe last concert of 2014 will be on December 7 at the album launch event of Five Eyes, the latest album by Alfred 23 Harth and Wolfgang Seidel. The event at Echo Buecher (Grüntaler Strasse 9, Wedding) will start at 17.00. The concert with Wolfgang Seidel (drums), Klaus Kürvers (double bass) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) will begin around 18.00. Five Eyes is released on Moloko +

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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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