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.

November Concerts in Berlin, Istanbul, Klagenfurt

Korhan Erel will be playing three concerts in Berlin, and one concert each in Istanbul and Klagenfurt in November. On November 2 and 3, cellist Anıl Eraslan and Korhan are organizing a two-nights-in-a-row at Sowieso, where they will bring together … Continue reading

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October 2018

Korhan Erel is going to perform in three quite diverse events this month. The first concert is with the Klub Demboh formation at Petersburg Art Space in Moabit. Korhan had already performed with a smaller formation at Neu West Berlin … Continue reading

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Concerts in August

In August, Korhan Erel will play two solos in Berlin. The first one will be on August 15 in the Experimentik series curated by Seiji Morimoto at Nord Tik in Berlin’s Friedrichshain district. The other musician on the bill will … Continue reading

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Concerts, Performances, Talks in May

A busy May awaits Korhan Erel, with concerts, performances and a panel discussion in several cities in Germany. The first event is the premiere of Korhan’s lecture sound performance stone paper scissors to be presented as a part of Irrzone, … Continue reading

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Divan der Kontinente Orchestra at Heimathafen

Korhan Erel will be playing in the Divan der Kontinente orchestra on April 15 and 16 at Heimathafen. Divan is a multicultural and multinational contemporary music orchestra with musicians who come from classical, folk, jazz and experimental backgrounds. It plays … Continue reading

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Two new albums, concerts in Munich

In July 2016, Korhan was invited by reeds player Udo Schindler to play in his Arch Musica series in Munich. The first concert was with the trio with trombonist Sebi Tramontana, while the second one was a duo with Udo … Continue reading

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Two Duos: Lotz/Erel and Babikyan/Erel

On February 1st, Korhan’s long-time duo with flutist Mark Alban Lotz will resurface at Berlin’s WATT Bar in Prenzlauerberg. The two musicians have met in 2010 and have played in duo as well as playing and recording with Korhan’s Istanbul … Continue reading

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Sound performance at Zilberman Gallery

On the occasion of Memed Erdener’s exhibition BEAUTY OF BIGOTRY and his residency at Zilberman Gallery–Berlin, Korhan will be playing a sound performance at the closing event, where there will also be a exhibition tour and a conversation between curator … Continue reading

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Concerts in December

Korhan Erel will have relatively less concerts in December compared to November, but will nevertheless play some really exciting ones. The first two concerts in December are with guitarist Eric Wong. Eric and Korhan had played several times in 2016 … Continue reading

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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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