Female Voice of Iran, schimmernd in March

Korhan Erel will play some very exciting concerts in Berlin and various towns in Switzerland in two projects.

The first series of concerts will be in the framework of “Female Voice of Iran” festival which is organized by Zeitgenössische Oper Berlin. The festival will take place on March 16-19. The main venue for concerts is Villa Elisabeth, with other concerts taking place at the Berlin Philharmonic and Galerie Kremers. Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in the festival. The first one will be a lunch concert at the Berlin Philharmonic on March 14 with an amazing lineup of Iranian and German musicians: Martin Stegner (viola), Haleh Seyfiyadeh (vocals), Cymin Samawatie(vocals), Yalda Yazdani (tar), Sasan Samadi (kamancheh), Reza Zalpour (ney), Mahan Mirarab (guitar), Ralf Schwarz (double bass), and Faride Sarangi (tombak). The second and third concerts will be on March 19 at Villa Elisabeth: a matinee concert of improvised music at 11:00 and with the Female Voice of Iran Orchestra at 19:00.

“schimmernd” is a dance-music project that was initiated in 2015 in Switzerland by Angela Stöcklin (dance), Jan Schacher (double bass, electronics) and Beat Unternährer (trombone), and two participants from Berlin, Akemi Nagao (dance) and Korhan Erel (electronics). The ensemble performed two shows in Switzerland and then took a long hiatus, only to return with a five-concert strong tour in Switzerland in March 2017 with the following dates:

March 25 / Plattform – wir bieten Raum, Gotthelfstrasse 29, 3013 Bern
March 26 / Probebühne Zirkus Chnopf, Flurstrasse 85, Zürich
March 27 / Atelier der ORT (AKKU), Emmenbrücke/Luzern
March 28 / FIM Basel , Alte Rumfabrik, Güterstrasse 145, Basel
March 29 / with guest Ségiu Voser (cello and voice) at WIM, Gewürzmühle, Zug




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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