Serene: Laia Genc and Korhan Erel

Serene VisualKorhan Erel launches a new, exciting project “Serene” of songs, piano and live sound processing with renowned Cologne-based composer, pianist and singer Laia Genc. Serene will have its debut concert at Salon de Jazz in Cologne on September 24.

Megapolis – that is where a lot of emerging projects start. People meet, mingle, create ideas, combine their creative power.

Laia Genc and Korhan Erel got to know each other in Istanbul, one of those magic mega cities, a town from ancient times and anew every day; where many different points of view meet, many layers of consciuosness combine. Laia and Korhan come from two different countries and very diverse musical backgrounds.

Laia is an accomplished composer, pianist and singer while Korhan is an autodidact in computer music and sound design. Together they play as „Serene”, a duo of transformations, both in music and on stage. Korhan’s computer and electronics shift and morph Laia’s piano and voice as she sings her own compositions and collected well-loved music. Times and stories meet and unfold, sounding landscapes are confronted with the concrete tones coming from the piano that blossom into serene musical bouquets.

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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