A month of rather diverse musical activities

In June, I will be performing in some amazing festivals and venues with very different projects.

First off a concert with Trickster Orchestra at Tonhalle Düsseldorf at the Schönes Wochenende Festival, where I will compose and perform a sound piece on the Iranian poet Forough Farrokhzad with Cymin Samawatie and a small ensemble of musicians of the orchestra.

Second performance is a rather special one: Nervous Entanglement, our multidisciplinary performance with Malte Jehmlich. Malte and I met through performing together at Moers Festival in 2018 and decided to continue our collaboration. With the current craze about robotics, artificial intelligence, we start out with the question “are robots helping us or are we helping them?” We will pretend to answer this question using an overly complicated cybernetic system of overhead projectors, transparency foil loopers, servo animatronics and a robotic arm, which interact by analog and digital signals with a sound setup consisting of a modular synthesizer and other sound devices. This take on the trendy topics of robotics, AI and transhumanism uses current and outdated media technologies with references to puppetry, toys, shadowplay.

Our setup creates a human-machine symbiosis, where errors and malfunctions are purely consensual. It can also be viewed as an installation.

We will premiere Nervous Entanglement at Moers Festival at the Altes Landsratamt at midnight on June 9.

On June 20 and 22, I will be performing at the Resonanzraum Festival in Hamburg. On the 20th, I will present a text and sound performance at as a part of the Waldgespräche event. On the 22nd, my sexy alter ego Ayşegül will play an experimental danceable electronic set at the Festival’s closing party

In between my Hamburg days, I will have the pleasure to improvise with Kriton Beyer (daxophone), Philippe Lemoine (tenor saxophone) and Maurizio Ravalico (percussion) at Petersburg Art Space on June 21.

I have no concerts in July and August.

About Korhan Erel

Korhan Erel is an electronic musician, improviser and sound designer based in Berlin. Their music covers free improvisation, conceptual sound performances as well as structured and composed pieces as well as music for dance, theater and video art. They perform solo, duo and group performances with improvisers, jazz musicians, dancers, and in orchestras. They have shown several sound installations in art spaces in Turkey, Germany and Hong Kong. They have ten CD and several digital releases. They play concerts across Europe, Middle- East, Southeast Asia and North America
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