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 This take on the trendy topics of robotics, AI and transhumanism uses current and outdated media technologies with references to puppetry, toys, shadowplay.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 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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