Two concerts with Istanbul Composers Orchestra

Istanbul Composer Orchestra’s Berlin concert is on May 7 at Emmauskirche on Lausitzerplatz in Kreuzberg at 18:00.

Korhan Erel

Laia Genc ICO bannerKorhan Erel will be playing two concerts with Laia Genc’s Istanbul Composers Orchestra in Istanbul on April 13 and in Berlin on May 7, both concerts in the program of the XJAZZ Festival. The festival’s program includes a lot of Turkish and Turkish-German acts this year due to their expansion into Turkey this year. There will be concerts in Istanbul, Ankara and Berlin.

The orchestra was founded by Laia Genc during her residency in Istanbul in 2014. It includes original compositions as well as reinterpretation of Kurdish, Turkish and Armenian folk tunes, depending on the line up of singers.

The April 13 Istanbul concert will be at Zorlu Performance Center with the following musicians:

Ceren Oykut: Video
Başak Yavuz: Vocals
Mehmet Akbaş: Vocals
Christian Thome: Drums, Percussion
Baran Say: Double Bass / Electric
Dave Allen: Guitar
Korhan Erel: Computer, Electronics
Laia Genc: Piano
Bassem Hawar: Djoze
Taner Akyol: Baglama…

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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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