Lotz / Erel duo – Hein / Erel / Marien trio

LotzErelKorhan met Mark Alban Lotz in Istanbul in 2010, a few days before they went into the stuido to record Islak Köpek’s album “Istanbul Improv Sessions May 4th”. That album, released in 2011 on Evil Rabbit Recordings, has been receiving quite good reviews and still getting air time on radios. Four of the tracks on the albums were duos with Mark and Korhan, and they have been especially received well, which led the two to start a duo. They played several concerts in the Netherlands including one with Dutch free jazz greats Eric Boeren (trumpet) and Wolter Wierbos (trombone) in 2011. They have also started the sextet IstanPOOL, which consists of three musicians each from the Netherlands and Turkey. Mark and Korhan will play two concerts at Sowieso on February 12 and 14. Both shows will start with a solo set by Mark. Following that, Lotz / Erel duo will play as a duo as well as with guests. On the 12th, Frank Gratkowski on reeds will join the duo. On the14th, Gebhard Ullmann on reeds and Nicola Hein on guitar will be guests.

Mark Lotz, flutes, electronics
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers
Frank Gratkowski, reeds (Feb 12)
Gebhard Ullmann, reeds and Nicola Hein, guitar (Feb 14)

Nicola Hein and Korhan Erel will also play together in the concert featuring their trio with Christian Marien on drums, which will be the trio’s third concert in Berlin. This time, they take sax player Peter van Huffel with them to play at Shangl Hangl on February 13 in Berlin.

Peter van Huffel, saxophone
Nicola Hein, guitar
Christian Marien, drums
Korhan Erel, computer, controllers

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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