Franziska Baumann, Christoph Baumann, Meinrad Kneer, Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel met Franziska Baumann during the Neighbours Festival in Bern, Switzerland, in June 2014. As musicians who use technology creatively to perform avant-garde improvised music, they hooked up quickly and discussed possibilities of playing together. Franziska brought Christoph Baumann (piano) with her to Berlin in November 2014 and Korhan asked Meinrad Kneer (double bass) to complete the quartet. They played one concert as a quartet and one as a trio (less Christoph) in Berlin, and continued after that to explore new collaboration opportunities. After 1,5 years, they meet again in Berlin for one concert at Miss Hecker on March 20, to be followed by two concerts in Zürich and Bern in Switzerland on April 1 and 2.

Franziska Baumann, voice and sensor-glove
Christoph Baumann, piano
Meinrad Kneer, double bass
Korhan Erel, computer and controllers

March 20, Miss Hecker, Berlin (please send email for address), 20:00
April 1, Werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Zürich, 20:00
April 2, Werkstatt für improvisierte Musik Bern, Atelierkonzert, Lochgutweg 11,
Spiegel b. Bern, 20:00

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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