Concerts in September

Korhan Erel playing Omnibus - computer instrument in Cologne, photo by Peter Tümmers (B&W)Korhan Erel will play many concerts in several German cities in September. The first twoconcerts will be in the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg on September 3 and 4 with the core trio Empire of Thorsten Töpp, Liz Allbee and Korhan Erel plus guest artists.

Korhan will play a duo with video artist Akiko Nakayama at the Geoff Stern Art Space in Berlin on September 7.

Next stop will be Hamburg with Korhan’s long-time collaborator Gunnar Lettow in Gunnar’s Frequenzgänge concert series. Lettow Erel Duo is celebrating its fifth year by playing with the legendary Tim Hodgkinson on September 9.

On September 13, Korhan will play a trio with flutist Angelika Sheridan and guitarist Eric Wong in the Plattform Nicht Dokumentierbarer Ereignisse concert series in Cologne. Angelika Sheridan was Korhan’s musical partner in UnStumm Cologne in September 2015, and Eric will be their partner in UnStumm Hong Kong in November 2016.


Cologne-based pianist and composer Laia Genc and Korhan Erel have been collaborating on numerous occasions and projects since 2015. Their duo Serene has already played two concerts in Cologne and Korhan is a member of Istanbul Composers Orchestra (ICO), which was founded by Laia and a group of composers/musicians based in Istanbul. ICO has played three concerts in 2015 and 2016 in Cologne, Istanbul, and Berlin. On September 17, Korhan will join Laia’s jazz trio Liaison Tonique with Markus Braun on double bass and Jens Düppe on drums in the Euskirchener Kulturnacht at Park Hotel in Euskirchen.

The-Liz-1-von-1-1024x683 spotbehindThe Liz has caused quite a stir with their project “Book of Birds” at Quiet Cue in Berlin and in the moers festival in Moers in 2016. They will play their second performance of “Book of Birds” in Berlin in the Urban Acoustic Tribes on September 23 at ACUD Studio. In the same event, Korhan will play their quadraphonic solo piece “üçgen-dörtgen” on September 24 at Villa Elisabeth. Korhan had premiered this piece in the Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art Vienna (MAK Wien) in April 2013, and also performed it in the Quiet Cue @ KINDL event in September 2015 in Berlin.

The last concert in September will be with the duo with singer/composer Cymin Samawatie. They will perform poetry from Iran and Turkey in a voice-electronics setting at the Werkstatt der Kulturen in Berlin on September 30. The duo had played for the first time at Radialsystem in February 2016 as a part of Sasha Waltz’s event Zuhören: Continu by Sascha Waltz and Friends. Korhan is also one of the guest musicians in the ECM-band Cyminology with one concert in Munich in April 2016 and one upcoming concert in Istanbul in January 2017.Cymin Samawatie and Korhan Erel

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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