November Concerts in Berlin, Istanbul, Klagenfurt

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The Liz – Book of Birds

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in Berlin, and one concert each in Istanbul and Klagenfurt in November.

On November 2 and 3, cellist Anıl Eraslan and Korhan are organizing a two-nights-in-a-row at Sowieso, where they will bring together their improviser friends from Berlin, Tel Aviv and Istanbul together. The personnel for the two nights will be as follows:
02.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Anaïs Tuerlinckx (piano), Uygur Vural (cello)
03.11 @ 20:30
Şevket Akıncı (guitar), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Korhan Erel (electronics), Amélie Legrand (cello), Tom Soloveitzik (sax), Marie Takahashi (viola), Ayşe Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Mikail Yakut (accordion)


On November 13, Korhan Erel will be improvising in the project Radio Vostok-2 with Igor Titenko, Sergey Letov, Vladimir Kitlyar, Roland Fidezius, Lorena Izquierdo Aparicio, Sofia Borges, Marcello S. Busato, Shasta Ellenbogen at Kühlspot Social Club (Lehderstr. 74-79).
Signaling a strong come-back by The Liz, Korhan is taking this power trio and their piece “Book of Birds” to Istanbul on November 16. The performance will be at Borusan Music House, one of the leading venues in Turkey for contemporary music. They have been supporting various projects by Korhan since 2011, including concerts with Islak Köpek, David Rothenberg, Cyminology and others.
On the last day of the month, Korhan will play  a solo set at the New Adits Festival in Klagenfurt, thanks to the great pianist and singer Ingrid Schmoliner, who is also the curator of the event.  Some other well-known Berliners will also be performing there.

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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