Activities in January and February

2020 seems to be a much calmer year with less travelling and not that many concerts, but that does not mean it will be less exciting. The best news was that our project ‘Scarecrow’ with my wife Tuçe Erel was funded by the Intercultural Fund of the Berlin Senate. We will present it in Berlin in September 2020. More news on this soon.

I started the year with a lovely concert of our duo Serene with pianist, composer and singer Laia Genc at the amazing Stadtgarten in Cologne. I followed that with a one-week rehearsal period with another pianist, Ingrid Schmoliner, in Vienna. We are working on a new project that will involve strange beats, sounds and Ingrid’s mind-boggling prepared piano playing. That week in Vienna ended with a beautiful, fun improvised concert with Ingrid, Maja Osojnik (voice, electronics) and Martin Brandlmayr at Echoraum. Right after the adventures in Cologne and Vienna, I played two nights of Sun Ra’s music with Simon Sieger and Klub Demboh at Au Topsi Pohl in Berlin.

I will start a four-day workshop on “how to sing a city” with youngsters in Cologne’s Porz area on January 20th. We will wander around the neighborhood, find locations with interesting memories and sounds, record them, try to convert some of these recordings into graphical notation and then sing them. This is similar to the contribution I made to Maxime Hourani’s work “Book of Songs and Places” at the Istanbul Biennial in 2013.

On January 26th, I will be performing with a small selection of musicians from Trickster Orchestra and members of Chor zur Welt in Wilhelmsburg. This will be a warm-up towards our bigger concert at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in May.

Last concert in January will be with the ridiculously absurd Klub Demboh at Petersburg Art Space on January 27th.

On February 12th, I will be improvising with Max Stehle (sax) and Roman Stolyar (piano) at Artist Homes in Berlin. February 17th will be spent with Klub Demboh at Petersburg Art Space.

On February 17th, I’ll be playing some absurd impro with Berlin’s most exciting impro outfit Klub Demboh.

On February 28th, I will be playing solo electronic music as well as an improvised beat-based duo with Joel Köhn at Bunker Ulmenwall in Bielefeld.

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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