Concerts in December

Before Korhan Erel goes to Turkey for three weeks on December 21, he will play two concerts in Switzerland and several in Berlin.

The first two concerts of the month will be in Switzerland on the 3rd and 5th. Erel will be playing in a concert organized by trombonist Beat Unternährer with musicians and dancers at the Burgbachkeller in Zug. On the 5th, Erel will be playing with the quartet led by Judith Wegmann in the Marathon of Ancient Civilisations in the IOIC Festival in Zurich, providing an improvised soundtrack to the silent film The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. De Mille, 1923). Please see the schedule below for lineups and other details.

On December 8, Erel will be improvising with Brianne Curran, Elisabetta Lanfredini and Uygur Vural in Brianne’s concert series at LaBetto Lab. Tomomi Adachi will also perform in the same evening.

December 11 and 20 will see two concerts at Miss Hecker. The first one is by invitation of Lina Allemano and has the same line-up that Erel had last month there with Lina playing instead of Achim Kaufmann. The second one on the 20th will be with my long-time collaborator Gunnar Lettow. Besides a short duo piece, we will also play with Nora Krahl and Matthias Müller. Please send an email for venue address, as Miss Hecker is a private space.

December 3 / Akemi Nago (dance), Angela Stöcklin (dance), Jan Schacher (double bass), Beat Unternährer (trombone), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Burgbachkeller, in Zug, Switzerland

December 5 / Judith Wegmann (prepared piano), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Julien Megroz (percussion) and Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) in Marathon of Ancient Civilisations, IOIC Festival at Kunstraum Walcheturm, Zurich

December 8 / Brianne Curran (violin), Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Uygur Vural (cello), Korhan Erel (melodica, cracklebox, electronics) at LaBettoLab, Berlin (second act: Tomomi Adachi)

December 11 / Lina Allemano (trumpet), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin

December 20 / Nora Krahl (cello), Matthias Müller (trombone), Gunnar Lettow (prepared e-bass, objects, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin


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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