Concerts and exhibition in January 2015

cropped-ozl_5929.jpgFollowing the long break without concerts in December, Korhan Erel will be playing many concerts in January and February in Germany and Istanbul. The concerts will begin with an interesting quartet with many first-time meetings at Miss Hecker on Friday, January 9. Korhan will improvise with three musicians who have never played with each other before: Michael Thieke on clarinets, Uygur Vural on cello, and Emilio Gordoa on prepared vibraphone. Korhan has played numerous times with Uygur Vural, his close friend and compatriate from the Istanbul free improvisation scene, and several times with Emilio in Berlin. Korhan will be in Istanbul from January 10 until 22 to show his audio-visual installation Findings in a group exhibition titled “Waves” at Blok Art Space, curated by Ebru Yetişkin. The exhibition will include many other artists showing their new media works. The opening is on Thursday, January 15, in case you happen to be in Istanbul on that day. After his return from Istanbul, Korhan will debut his new lecture-performance project Is Paradise Cheaper? with writer Göksu Kunak at Quiet Cue on Saturday, January 24. On January 26, Korhan will embark on a tour in North Rhine – Westfalia, playing five concerts with his duo and trio partner guitarist Nicola Hein, as well as one solo show and one talk:

January 26 / Laia Genc (piano), Udo Moll (trumpet), Albrecht Maurer (violin), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Salon de Jazz, Cologne
January 28 / Udo Moll (trumpet), Luis Negron (video), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Rottstr 5 Theater, Bochum
January 29 / Paul Lytton (percussion), Paul Hubweber (trombone), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Raststätte, Aachen
January 30 / solo concert at mex, Dortmund
January 31 / Nicola Hein (electric guitar) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Lokal Harmonie, Duisburg
February 1 / Laia Genc (piano), Angelika Niescier (saxophone), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the VegaJam concert series at Theater Klüngelpütz, Cologne
February 2 / talk at cooperativa neue musik, Bielefeld
February 3 / Laureline König (voice), Marcus Beuter (field recordings), Nicola Hein (electric guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in the kleine bühne im kesselhaus concert series at Alte Weberei, Gütersloh

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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