Activities in May

A busy month awaits Korhan Erel in May. They will be playing three concerts and two performances in Berlin, doing a residency in Essen and rehearsing for a new project in Krefeld.

The first concert will be with the usual Klub Demboh gang on May 6 at Petersburg Art Space.

On May 9, Korhan will play with David Rothenberg (clarinet) and Cymin Samawatie (voice) at the book launch event at Sammlung Hoffmann in Berlin. The concert is free but a registration at or 030 28 49 91 20 is required.

Following a preliminary showing of their new set ‘Dipper’ at Berlin’s Donau115 in December 2018, The Liz will present the final version of it at the XJazz Festival on May 10 at Emmauskirche. The Liz premiered ‘Dipper’ at All Ears Festival in Oslo in January 2019 and performed it also at WIM Festival in Bern in the same month.

From May 13 until 19, Korhan will be working with Julian Weber, Oliver Connew, Olivia McGregor and Stephan B. Quinci on a new dance piece at PACT Zollverein in Essen.

From May 20 until 26, Korhan will rehearse with visual artist Malte Jehmlich in Krefeld for their premiere of the project ‘Nervous Entanglement’ at Moers Festival on June 9. The piece is a blend of drawing, robotics, artificial idiocy, electronic music, modular synthesizers, text and improvised drawing and music.

On May 29 & 30, Korhan will have their first show as a revue/cabaret girl in the Neo-Cabaret piece ‘The Show of Small Things’ with Maria Ferrara (performance, concept, songs), Beatriz Madach (video) at Acker Stadt Palast as a part of the Performing Arts Festival.

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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