UnStumm in Hong Kong and Singapore

UnStumm is Korhan Erel’s intercultural collaborative audiovisual project he developed with Nicola Hein. The project was premiered with the support of Akademie der Künste der Welt in 2015 in Cologne between artists from Germany and Turkey. Nicola and Korhan are now taking UnStumm to Hong Kong and Singapore. The Hong Kong leg will be between November 2-5 and the Singapore leg between November 7-10.

UnStumm Hong Kong is a joint effort in collaboration with Eric Wong, musician and composer based in Berlin and Hong Kong. UnStumm Hong Kong is kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council, the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Goethe Institut.

The rehearsals and performances will be at the facilities of the Hong Kong New Music Ensemble. Two teams, each consisting of two musicians and two visual artists from Hong Kong and Germany, will be rehearsing for three days and then will present their work on November 5.

UnStumm Hong Kong teams are:

Vvzela Kook – Video Art
Chin King – Guzheng
Sven Hahne – Video Art
Korhan Erel – Computer, controllers, electronics

Eric Wong – Guitar
Crystal Bug (Yau Wan Kei) – Video Art
Claudia Schmitz – Video Art
Nicola Hein – Guitar

UnStumm Singapore is organized with the support and collaboration of LASALLE College of the Arts. This UnStumm will be somewhat different than UnStumm’s usual format. There, the artists from Germany will be a part of a larger project called the Irish Circus. It will take place in the The Singapore Airlines Theatre of LASALLE.

The Irish Circus is a project that is based on the score for “____,____ ____ circus on ____,” by the experimental composer John Cage, which sets up a strict formula on how to translate any book into a performance. UnStumm’s German artists will join LASALLE’s very own lecturers Dr Timothy O’Dwyer and Brian O’Reilly, and the students of the Electronic Music Studies department of LASALLE as well as the German visual artist Lillevan to create an experimental audiovisual extravaganza on November 10 in the LASALLE.

This will be Korhan’s second event about John Cage after the centennial concert he co-produced in Istanbul at the end of 2012.



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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