Concerts in December

Korhan Erel will have relatively less concerts in December compared to November, but will nevertheless play some really exciting ones.

The first two concerts in December are with guitarist Eric Wong. Eric and Korhan had played several times in 2016 in Berlin and Cologne, and had organized/curated the UnStumm Hong Kong event together with Nicola Hein in November 2016. Eric and Korhan will play their first concert on December 3 with trumpet player Brad Henkel in the Noiseberg concert series at Atelier Äuglein. The concert will start at 17.00 and there will be many more acts in the lineup. The second concert, this time in duo, will be in the Experimontag series at Madame Claude the following day, December 4.

On December 5, Korhan will play in the Urban Acoustic Tribe series curated by Bettina Wackernagel and supported by initiative neue musik berlin e.V. Korhan will first play his solo piece “Mahreç” and then play in duo with Cymin Samawatie (voice, percussion), where they will improvise along poetry from Iran, Turkey and elsewhere. The other two performers in the program are Erik Drescher (flute) and Alexandre Babel (percussion). They will play pieces from various composers including Alvin Lucier, James Tenney, Chiyoko Szlavnics, Mio Chareteau and John Cage. Please visit this link for more information on the concert.

On December 6, Korhan will play as Ayşegül her live techno act at IPA Bar in the Freaksdorf series curated by Regis Lemberthe, where she will mix beats, ambient sounds, field recordings and dubby sounds in one pot of music for an hour. The other acts of the evening are Kakaliagou / Tödtloff Duo and Otolitos. -> Facebook Event

On December 9, Cymin Samawatie (voice) invites five musicians to her Music Lounge series at Galerie Kremers: Liz Allbee (trumpet), Taiko Saito (vibraphone), Korhan Erel (live sound processing), Uygur Vural (cello), Ralf Schwarz (double bass). This concert will also serve as an open rehearsal for the concert in Baku on December 13

On December 13 and 14, Korhan Erel will play two concerts in the Silk Road Festival in Baku. The first concert on the 13th will be with the small acoustic improvising ensemble Divan Acoustic, where Korhan will process the music live while walking among the players. The concert on the 14th will be in the Divan der Kontinente Orchestra led by Cymin Samawatie.

“Divan Acoustic” is Cymin Samawatie (voice), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Taika Saito (vibraphone), Uygur Vural (cello), Ralf Schwarz (double bass), Korhan Erel (live sound processing)

“Divan der Kontinente” is Cymin Samawatie (voice), Ralf Schwarz (double bass), Milian Vogel (bass clarinet), Tilmann Dehnhard( flutes), Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Mohamad Fityan (nay, kawala), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Korhan Erel (electronics), Taiko Saito (marimbaphone), Niko Meinhold (guzheng, piano), Mona Matbou Riahi (clarinet), Uygur Vural (cello), Florian Keupp (sound engineer)

The last concert of 2017 will be with the Gießen Improvisers Pool on December 16 with Peter Geisselbrecht (piano), Frank Rühl (guitar), Georg Wolf (double bass), Nils Hartwig (clarinet), Michael Griener (drums), Korhan Erel (electronics) at Georg-Büchner-Saal/Alte UB, Gießen.

Korhan will have only one concert in January, again at Madame Claude, this time playing with cellist Anıl Eraslan on January 8.






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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