Cyminology in Istanbul

Korhan Erel will be playing with Cyminology as one of the guest musicians on January 25 at Borusan Music House. The other guest musician is Martin Stegner, violist extraordinaire, who has been playing and recording with Cyminology for a long time, including their last album “Phoenix” released on ECM Records.

Korhan was invited to play with Cyminology in 2015 by the group’s founder Cymin Samawatie, after the two met during an improvised concert in Berlin with clarinetist David Rothenberg and nightingales, which was a part of “Berlin Bülbül”, David and Korhan’s project on Berlin’s nightingales. Cymin and Korhan have since been busy developing a duo as well as being part of other projects, one of which is “Hide & Seek” a sold-out series of five performances in January 2017 that features an amazing group of youngsters from Afghanistan, Germany, Iran and Syria. The other project is “Female Voices of Iran”, a festival in March 2017 celebrating the Iranian female singing voice co-curated by Cymin Samawatie.

The ECM band Cyminology combines Persian poetry and chamber-esque contemporary music: East and West, old and new in beautiful synthesis. The subtle yet dynamic, softly-pulsating music takes its cue from the sound of the Persian language presenting poets such as Rumi, Hafis and Khayyam. This concert will also feature some Turkish poetry.

Cymin Samawatie’s compositions combine elements from different kinds of music, including chamber jazz, open improvisation, modern composition, impressionism and minimalism.

Cyminology creates a space, in which post-migrant European culture is expressed in music and poetry. It is an adventurous experience to listen and to watch the sensitive interaction within the Berlin based quartet that was founded in 2002.

Cymin Samawatie, vocals, composition
Benedikt Jahnel, piano, composition
Ralf Schwarz, double bass
Tobias Backhaus, drums


Martin Stegner, viola
Korhan Erel, electronics, sound processing

Listen to Cyminology’s music here

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser and sound designer based in Berlin. Their music covers free improvisation, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces as well as music for dance, theater and video art. They perform solo, duo and group performances with improvisers, jazz musicians, dancers, and in orchestras. They have shown several sound installations in art spaces in Turkey, Germany and Hong Kong. They have ten CD and several digital releases. They play concerts across Europe, Middle- East, Southeast Asia and North America
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