Concerts in February

Korhan Erel will play seven concerts in Berlin, Hannover and Hamburg in February, including one with long-time collaborator Gunnar Lettow in the Stark Bewölkt series in Hamburg and one with another long-time collaborator Mark Alban Lotz in Berlin. Korhan and Antje Vowinckel will perform their political and satirical performance Privilegierte Partnerschaft at Spektrum in Berlin. Korhan will also follow-up on his concerts with Cymin Samawatie, this time in the Zuhören event by Sascha Waltz at Radialsystem.

The month will start with a great quartet at Donau115 with Eric Wong, Meinrad Kneer and Tom Arthurs, followed by a concert with Eberhard Meisel in Tonhalle Hannover. Korhan will also play a first-ever duo with violinist Elo Masing at Noiseberg in Kreuzberg. His concert with Mark Lotz will also feature Angelika Sheridan, Korhan’s musical partner at UnStumm, Irene Kepl, with whom Korhan played two concerts in Vienna, and finally Eric Wong.

February 3 / Eric Wong (elec. guitar), Tom Arthurs (trumpet), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Donau115, Berlin, 20:00

February 7 / Eberhard Meisel (zither, electronics), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Tonhalle Hannover, Hannover, 18:00

February 8 / Cymin Samawatie (voice), Korhan Erel (computer, iPad, controllers) in the Zuhören: Continu by Sascha Waltz and Friends at Radialsystem V, Berlin, 22:00

February 10 / Gunnar Lettow and Korhan Erel at the Stark Bewölkt series at Hörbar, Hamburg, 21:00

February 14 / Elo Masing (violin) and Korhan Erel (electronics, small speakers) at Noiseberg, Berlin, 18:00

February 18 / “Privilegierte Partnerschaft (Privileged Partnership)”: a project with Antje Vowinckel, as well as solos by both artists at Spektrum, Berlin, 20:00

February 21 / Angelika Sheridan (flutes), Mark Alban Lotz (flutes), Irene Kepl (violin), Eric Wong (elec. guitar), Korhan Erel (computer, controllers) at Miss Hecker, Berlin, 20:00

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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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