October 2018

Korhan Erel is going to perform in three quite diverse events this month.

The first concert is with the Klub Demboh formation at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit. Korhan had already performed with a smaller formation at Neu West Berlin (possibly the last ever concert in that space) in 2017. Klub Demboh series is the brainchild of bassist/composer Joel Grip. On Monday, October 8, the following formation will improvise (alphabetical order):

Axel Dörner, trumpet
Mia Dyberg, saxophone
Korhan Erel, electronics
Joel Grip, bass
Tristan Honsinger, cello
Jan Leipnitz, drums
Andreas Röysum, clarinet

Petersburg Art Space is here

On October 12, Korhan is going to perform his/her/its lecture sound performance “Stone Paper Scissors” at Laura Mello’s album launch event organized by Corvo Records in West Germany on Kottbusser Tor, Berlin. The piece is a text written about the ancient game and focuses on decision making, personification of the three objects, the history of the game and its current day echoes. The sound part are recordings made or found by Korhan Erel. This piece had its debut in May 2018 at the IrrZone performance evening curated and organized by Steffi Weissman and Özgür Erkök Moroder, and was once more performed in the Raki Prinzip talk and performance series at bi’bak in Wedding, Berlin.

West Germany is here. Entrance from the door right next to Effendi Optik.

On October 13, Korhan will play techno as Ayşegül at Pornceptual at Alte Münze. This will be Ayşegül’s fourth appearance in Berlin. Previously she had played at Suicide Circus, IPA Bar, Zur Wilden Renate and DAT Fest 2018.

Alte Münze is here.

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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