Berlin Bülbül CD release concert and outdoor concerts with nightingales in Berlin

David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel - Berlin BülbülDavid Rothenberg and Korhan Erel will be promoting their new CD ‘Berlin Bülbül’ (Gruenrekorder) with a series of concerts in Berlin, following their album launch concert in Istanbul in April. The first two concerts will be on May 8 and 9 in Treptower Park and Viktoriapark respectively. These concerts will involve David and Korhan talk about and improvise with actual nightingales as well as some guest musicians. Both events will start around 23.00, because, as their name implies, nightingales are nocturnal singers.

On May 8, the meeting point is the park-side exit of the S-Bahn tunnel of the Treptower Park Station. The meeting time is 23.00.

On May 9, the meeting point is Viktorapark’s entrance on Kreuzbergerstraße. The entrance is right across the beginning of Großbeerenstraße. The meeting time is 23.00.

Both park concerts will be free but donations are welcome. There will also be copies of the Berlin Bülbül CD available for sale.

Please feel free to call me in case you cannot find us. If you don’t have my phone number, please send me an email at korhanerel@gmail.com to request it. And please do not be late as once we start walking in the park, it will be extremely difficult to find us in the dark.

Instrumentation for park concerts is:

David Rothenberg: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Korhan Erel: real-time sampling with iPad using Samplr

Guest musicians:
May 8: Alexandra Duvekot (voice) and Cymin Samawatie (voice)
May 9: Maria Magdalena Wiesmaier (cello) and Lucie Vitkova (accordion)

The official CD release concert for Berlin Bülbül will take place at Sammlung Hoffmann on May 10. This concert is free, but space is limited and filling up rather fast. Therefore you MUST register by sending an email to hoffmann@sammlung-hoffmann.de. The concert will start at 18.00

Instrumentation for the Sammlung Hoffmann concert is:

David Rothenberg: Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Korhan Erel: computer instrument omnibus, cracklebox

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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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