Author Archives: Korhan Erel

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.

Concerts in February

After an amazingly successful and satisfying, and last-ever concert at Miss Hecker with fantastic musicians and a 50-strong audience, Korhan Erel continues their concert series in February with the following performances in Berlin, Hannover, Istanbul and Ankara: February 9 / … Continue reading

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Cyminology in Istanbul

Korhan Erel will be playing with Cyminology as one of the guest musicians on January 25 at Borusan Music House. The other guest musician is Martin Stegner, violist extraordinaire, who has been playing and recording with Cyminology for a long … Continue reading

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“Harscht?” with Rahel Kraft in compilation

  Korhan Erel and Rahel Kraft (voice, electronics) met on October 14, 2016 at Club der polnischen Versager in Berlin. The amazing cello quartet Octopus was playing that night. They struck up a conversation while smoking outside the club, and decided … Continue reading

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The Liz and Cymin Samawatie Music Lounge

Korhan “Liz” Erel is going to perform with The Liz in the KIMFEST on December 9 at Berlin’s Prachtwerk. The trio will perform their piece “Book of Birds”. The Liz has performed this piece at Quiet Cue, Moers Festival and … Continue reading

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“Deconstruction of a Poem” with Lerna Babikyan

Lerna Babikyan is a dancer, actress and teacher who has recently relocated to Berlin from Istanbul. Korhan and Lerna have known each other for a long time, and have collaborated several times, the first time being as early as 2008, … Continue reading

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UnStumm in Hong Kong and Singapore

UnStumm is Korhan Erel’s intercultural collaborative audiovisual project he developed with Nicola Hein. The project was premiered with the support of Akademie der Künste der Welt in 2015 in Cologne between artists from Germany and Turkey. Nicola and Korhan are … Continue reading

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Concerts in September

Korhan Erel will play many concerts in several German cities in September. The first twoconcerts will be in the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg on September 3 and 4 with the core trio Empire of Thorsten Töpp, Liz Allbee and Korhan … Continue reading

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Concerts in Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Krailling

Korhan Erel is going to be playing some very exciting festivals and concerts in many cities across Germany in July. First one is the Humanoise Congress #28 in Wiesbaden on July 1-3, where Korhan is going to camp out with … Continue reading

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a garden

welcome to our garden of polyrhythmic and cyclical temporality with Jagna Anderson and Korhan Erel Continue reading

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The Liz at moers festival – full concert video

The Liz’s “Book of Birds” concert at moers festival was fantastically broadcast and videotaped by ARTE. The video lived on ARTE’s website for six months and has expired mid-November. Now it is available on YouTube. Enjoy!

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