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 November

Korhan is going to play concerts in November that feature a diverse spectrum of genres. In the first concert of the month, Korhan is going to play in an improvising orchestra conducted by pianist/drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey in the JazzFest Berlin … Continue reading

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Summer activities, concerts in the Fall

It was a relatively calm summer for Korhan in terms of performances, where most time was spent on rehearsing/playing sessions with new collaboration partners as well as researching and experimenting to develop the new laptop-less performance and composition setup. In … Continue reading

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Concerts in Berlin in May

Korhan Erel will present some of his recent collaborations with Berlin-based improvisers in Spektrum and Officina Neukölln in May, as well as performing in a re-run of the Hide&Seek shows in the Jewish Museum. On May 30, he’ll be part of … Continue reading

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Empire plays in Amsterdam, Moers and Duisburg

    Empire is an improvisation trio that came into existence when guitarist Thorsten Töpp invited trumpet player Liz Allbee and electronics player Korhan Erel to play two concerts with him in the Platzhirsch Festival in Duisburg in 2016. The … Continue reading

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Female Voice of Iran, schimmernd in March

Korhan Erel will play some very exciting concerts in Berlin and various towns in Switzerland in two projects. The first series of concerts will be in the framework of “Female Voice of Iran” festival which is organized by Zeitgenössische Oper … Continue reading

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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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