Martin Blume, Axel Dörner, Ariel Shibolet, Korhan Erel

Martin Blume (l), Axel Dörner (c), Ariel Shibolet (r)

Martin Blume (l), Axel Dörner (c), Ariel Shibolet (r)

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in North-Rhine Westfalia in a dream quartet initiated by drummer Martin Blume and with Axel Dörner on trumpet and Ariel Shibolet on soprano saxophone.

The concert series schedule is:

September 25 at Ort, Wuppertal, 20:00
September 26 at Kunstmuseum Bochum, 20:00
September 27 at Loft Köln, 20:00

Korhan has collaborated with all of these musicians before in numerous settings. Korhan and Martin played for the first time in Bochum in November 2012 in the Soundtrips (Korhan was invited to play in the series), and again in April 2015 in Berlin’s exploratorium with saxophonist Luc Houtkamp. Korhan and Axel play in the Judith Wegmann Quartet together and also have had several concerts in Berlin with different line-ups. Ariel and Korhan played for the first time in Tel Aviv in June 2010. Their second and most recent meeting was in February 2014 in the Klangzeit Festival in Münster as members of the large improvising ensemble curated by Erhard Hirt.

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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