Concerts in November

20170430-_KWA8186Korhan is going to play concerts in November that feature a diverse spectrum of genres.

In the first concert of the month, Korhan is going to play in an improvising orchestra conducted by pianist/drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey in the JazzFest Berlin on November 5. The orchestra features western and eastern instruments and two electronics players: Adam Pultz Melbye, double bass / Alex Nowitz, voice / Alireza Mehdizadeh, kamancheh / Anaïs Tuerlinckx, piano / Anke Lucks, trombone / Biliana Voutchkova, violin / Colin Hacklander, drums, percussion / Els Vandeweyer, vibraphone, percussion / Farahnaz Hatam electronics / Grégoire Simon, viola / Hannes Lingens, accordion / Julia Reidy, guitars / Kathrin Pechlof, harp / Korhan Erel, electronics / Niko Meinhold , guzheng / Nikolaus Neuser , trumpet / Orlando De Boeykens , tuba / Ravi Srinivasan, table, ghatam, percussion / Uli Kempendorff, saxophone, clarinet / Ulrike Brand, cello

The second concert will be on November 6 at Neu West Berlin with Mia Dyberg (saxophone), Axel Dörner (trumpet) and Joel Grip (bass). It will be Korhan’s first-ever performance with Mia and Joel.

The third concert will be at REH on November 8 with the trio VollMund, where Korhan plays and talks about food with Edith Steyer (reeds) and Adrian Krok (drums). Edith, Adrian and Korhan have been rehearsing for developing musican and thematic ideas, and have arrived at a common dynamic musical language that also includes stories about food and eating that are made up on the spot.

The fourth concert will be a private event where Korhan will improvise with Hüseyin Evirgen (piano). Please send an email if you’d like to be at this concert on November 9.


On November 15, Korhan is going to improvise with voice improvisor and sound artist Rahel Kraft at Z-Bar as an opening act for pianist/composer Mikkel Almholt’s rather unique project Ghost, Flute & Dice. Rahel uses electronics and sensors attached to her arms to manipulate her voice. Please lend an ear to Harscht!, a recording by Rahel and Korhan. that was featured on the compliation Utterances by Linear Obsessional.

A first-ever concert at the jazz club Aufsturz on November 17 will be with reeds player Florian Walter and drummer Simon Camatta. Florian and Korhan have musically met recently and have played a concert in Essen last month. Simon and Korhan had played for the first and last time during Korhan’s Sound Trips NRW tour in November 2012.

Golden Dark (Elo Masing, David Hull)

Korhan is going to play drum machine on some tunes on November 18 with the GoldenDark, an experimental rock-pop duo with Elo Masing on violin, looper and David Hull on guitar,  effects and vocals. The concert is at Watt Bar in Prenzlauer Berg.

November 19 is a reunion with cellist Hannah Marshall and flautist Sabine Vogel at Spektrum. Korhan met Hannah at the HumaNoise Congress #28 in Wiesbaden in 2016, where they played improvised music for three days with eight other musicians, which resulted in the album Tutti released on Creative Sources. Korhan and Sabine have already played twice in Berlin and have been rehearsing on developing ideas. Hannah and Sabine have also played several times in the past. A re-union and re-visit of new and old musical intimacies.

17_2_K-Doerner-Erel-Megroz-WegmannOn November 26, Korhan returns to exploratorium after 2 years. He will play with the Judith Wegmann quartet featuring Judith Wegmann on prepared piano, Axel Dörner on trumpet, Julien Megroz on percussion and Korhan on electronics. The quartet had to take a hiatus after playing several concerts in Berlin and Biel in 2015.

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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