Concerts with Şevket Akıncı and Anıl Eraslan in Cologne, Hamburg and Berlin

Korhan Erel will play a series of concerts in Germany with his long-time collaborator from Istanbul, guitarist and composer Şevket Akıncı, and cellist Anıl Eraslan, with whom Korhan has been collaborating in several projects since 2010. Anıl is based in Strasbourg, France for a long time where he has been one of the most active players of several scenes in the city. Şevket Akıncı has been one of the driving forces of improvised and experimental music in Istanbul for the past 10 years, starting with co-founding the pioneering free-improvisation ensemble Islak Köpek with Korhan Erel in 2005.

Korhan, Şevket and Anıl will kick-off their small Germany tour in Cologne on June 17 playing at Labor Ebertplatz with Matthias Muche (trombone) and Brad Henkel (trumpet). Next they will play in the Blurred Edges Festival in Hamburg on June 19 with Gunnar Lettow (prepared bass, objects, electronics), Seijiro Murayama (percussion) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (saxophone) at Centro Sociale.

The three musicians will wrap up their tour with two concerts with Korhan Erel’s Knofi Ensemble in Berlin on June 21st and 22nd. Both concerts will take place at Bonobo Bar in Greenhouse. The first line up on the 21st will feature Matthias Muche (trombone), Gunnar Lettow (prepared bass, objects, electronics). The second evening will see Tristan Honsinger (cello) and Rudi Fischerlehner (drums) play with Korhan, Şevket and Anıl.

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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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