Concerts in Berlin in May

Korhan Erel performing with Cyminology at Emmauskirche

Korhan Erel performing with Cyminology at Emmauskirche © Andre Symann/Sieben48

Korhan Erel will present some of his recent collaborations with Berlin-based improvisers in Spektrum and Officina Neukölln in May, as well as performing in a re-run of the Hide&Seek shows in the Jewish Museum. On May 30, he’ll be part of the immersive multi-disciplinary improv performance “The First Breath” at New West Berlin

On May 17, Korhan will perform one set with Lan Cao and Gregor Siedl, and one set with Sabine Vogel at Spektrum Berlin. Lan, Gregor and Korhan have been rehearsing on and off in the last two years. Sabine and Korhan have played together for the first time in 2017. The show will start at 20:00.  Click link for more information on Spektrum’s webpage.

On May 19, Korhan will play a set with reed player Edith Steyer. Edith and Korhan have been rehearsing in trio with drummer Adrian Krok for some time, and will present some of the results of this collaboration, alas without Adrian, who has other commitments. The show will be a part of the Raze Ramparts series curated by guitarist Julia Reidy.

The Hide&Seek shows will be on May 12-13-14 at the Jewish Museum. The 12th is already sold out, but there may be tickets left for the other two days.

On May 30, Korhan Erel will be part of a large ensemble of musicians based in Berlin and Brooklyn at New West Berlin for an immersive improv performance called “The First Breath”, conceptualized by Liz Kosack and Patrick Breiner. The cast of characters will be Patrick Breiner (tenor sax/clarinet), Jamie Agnello (performer/puppeteer), Liz Kosack (synth/ masks), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Korhan “Liz” Erel (electronics), Steve Heather (percussion), Dan Peter Sundland (electric bass), Yoshiko Klein (bass recorder), Julia Reidy (guitar), Brad Henkel (trumpet), Julian Elvira (subcontrabass flute)

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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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