November in Brussels, Cologne and Berlin

Korhan Erel will be playing a solo concert in the S M O G series in Brussels on November 8. They will present re-interpretations of their older pieces from Con-Structures and Spam Me Senseless albums as well as some new material. The evening will also feature a concert by SCARÀBJ. Please follow this link on the SMOG Website for more details.

Laia Genc and Korhan Erel

On November 17th, Korhan will unite in Cologne with pianist, composer and singer Laia Genc to resume their duo Serene. Serene plays an intimate repertoire of jazz standards, Laia’s compositions and improvisations. The duo will play at the Festival in den Häuser der Stadt. The festival program is available as a pdf file here. The duo will play in Cologne again at Winterjazz at Stadtgarten on January 4th, 2020.

Korhan Erel will have their residency at Au Topsi Pohl, Berlin’s new venue for exciting music on November 19-23. The evenings will feature electronic and electro-acoustic performances of sound, visuals and text. The current list of confirmed performers in alphabetical order are below. The full program will be announced as soon as it is finalized.

The Liz (Liz Allbee, Liz Kosack, Korhan Liz Erel), Antonio Borghini (double bass), Axel Dörner (trumpet), Mia Dyberg (alto sax), Anıl Eraslan (cello), Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), Joel Grip (double bass), Dirar Kalash (piano), Meinrad Kneer (double bass), Elisabetta Lanfredini (voice), Kris Limbach (sounds and visuals), Marie Takahashi (viola), Cansu Tanrıkulu (voice), Eliad Wagner (modular synth), Julia Wahren (text, voice), Ute Wassermann (voice, whistles, objects)

The last concert of the month takes Korhan to Acud Macht Neu, where they will play a solo concert in the Odd Wednesday, a new concert series curated by Mélodie Melak, who was recently appointed as the music curator of the venue. Eric Wong and Clayton Thomas will also be playing solo sets in the evening.

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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