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

feat.

Martin Stegner, viola
Korhan Erel, electronics, sound processing

Listen to Cyminology’s music here

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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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